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Today in History April 17
Today in History April 17

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history.

 

858   Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
1492   Christopher Columbus signs a contract with Spain to find a western route to the Indies.
1524   Present-day New York Harbor is discovered by Giovanni da Verrazzano.
1535   Antonio Mendoza is appointed first viceroy of New Spain.
1758   Frances Williams, the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latin poems.
1808   Bayonne Decree by Napoleon Bonaparte of France orders seizure of U.S. ships.
1824   Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54' 40'.
1861   Virginia becomes the eighth state to secede from the Union.
1864   General Ulysses Grant bans the trading of prisoners.
1865   Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.
1875   The game "snooker" is invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1895   China and Japan sign peace treaty of Shimonoseki.
1929   Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson, a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married.
1946   The last French troops leave Syria.
1947   Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit.
1961   Some 1,400 Cuban exiles attack the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
1964   Jerrie Mock becomes first woman to fly solo around the world.
1969   Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1970   Apollo 13--originally scheduled to land on the moon--lands back safely on Earth after an accident.
1975   Khmer Rouge forces capture the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
1983  

In Warsaw, police rout 1,000 Solidarity supporters.

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