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April 17

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
2003Atkins Diet creator Dr. Robert Atkins dies at age 72 of head injuries he suffered on April 8.
2003Billionaire philanthropist John Paul Getty II dies at a London hospital, at age 70.
1996Brothers Erik and Lyle Menendez receive life prison sentences for the murder of their rich parents.
1991One day after 235,000 US railroad workers walk the picket line, Congress votes to end the nationwide strike.
1990US clergyman and civil rights activist Ralph Abernathy dies at age 64.
1975The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, falls to the Communists.
1971Astronauts aboard the ill-fated Apollo 13 splash down in the Pacific.
1969Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

 The Ford Mustang automobile is introduced.

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1961The Bay of Pigs invasion fails: 1500 Cuban exiles are thwarted in their efforts to overthrow Fidel Castro's government.
1960Rock 'n roll singer-guitarist Eddie Cochran dies at age 21 from injuries sustained in a car crash the day before.
1941Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany during WWII.
1861Virginia secedes from the Union, during the US Civil War.
1790US statesman Ben Franklin dies in Philadelphia at age 84.
1711Joseph I, King of Austria and Germany, dies of smallpox.
1702East and West New Jersey consolidate into one colony.
1610  Henry Hudson begins the voyage that would ultimately lead to his discovery of Hudson's Bay.

Born today:

1961  Boomer Esiason - football quarterback, sportscaster

1959  Stephen Singleton - sax player (ABC)

1958  Sean Bean - actor

1955  Pete Shelley - singer (The Buzzcocks)

1951  Olivia Hussey - actress

1948  Jan Hammer - keyboardist, composer

1934  Don Kirshner - rock music promoter

1923  Harry Reasoner - news anchor (ABC Nightly News)

1918  William Holden - actor (Academy Award winner, 1953)

1905  Arthur Lake - actor

1897  Thornton Wilder - author

1894  Nikita Khrushchev - Russian premier (1958-64)

1837  J. Pierpont Morgan - financier

1741  Samuel Chase - Declaration of Independence signer



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