Today in History

  • Fri Apr 16th, 2010 10:15pm
  • Life

Today is Saturday, April 17, the 107th day of 2010. There are 258 days left in the year.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

On April 17, 1970, Apollo 13 astronauts James Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft while en route to the moon.

ON THIS DATE

In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings. He was later declared an outlaw by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

In 1524, Giovanni da Verrazano reached present-day New York Harbor.

In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.

In 1895, the Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the first Sino-Japanese War.

In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany in World War II.

In 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

In 1964, Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York World’s Fair. Jerrie Mock of Columbus, Ohio, became the first woman to complete a solo airplane flight around the world.

In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The First Secretary of Czechoslovakia’s Communist Party, Alexander Dubcek), was deposed.

In 1975, Cambodia’s five-year war ended as the capital Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, which instituted radical policies that claimed an estimated 1.7 million lives until the regime was overthrown in 1979.

In 1990, the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, the civil rights activist and top aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died in Atlanta at age 64.

In 2000, world finance officials in Washington closed out a tumultuous meeting with renewed pledges to hasten debt relief for poor countries and increase support for fighting the AIDS epidemic. Kenya’s Elijah Lagat won the Boston Marathon; Catherine Ndereba became the first female Kenyan winner.

In 2005, a Swiss tourist bus plunged into an Alpine ravine, killing 12 people.

Associated Press