Monday, April 17, 2017

April 17

  • Roman emperor Marcus Salvius Otho commits suicide after being defeated by Vitellius' troops in battle of Bedriacum in North-Italy
  • April 17, 1421
    Dikes at Dort Holland breaks after a heavy storm near the North Sea coast which results in 10,000 drown
  • April 17, 1492
    A contract is signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to find the Indies
  • April 17, 1524
    Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine navigator in the service of the King Francis I of France, discovers New York Bay in America
  • April 17, 1534
    Sir Thomas More, an English lawyer and social philosopher, is jailed in the Tower of London by order of Henry VIII
  • April 17, 1732
    The second Kamchatka Expedition with Vitus Bering as captain commander is announced in the Russian Senate to include astronomical and scientific observations, and explore the seas between Siberia and Japan
  • April 17, 1758
    Francis Williams, the first African-American to graduate for a college in the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latin poems
  • April 17, 1817
    The first American School for the deaf is founded by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc in Hartford, Connecticut
  • April 17, 1824
    The Russo-American Treaty of 1824 recognized exclusive Russian rights to the fur trade above Latitude 54°, 40' North, with the American rights and claims restricted to below that line
  • April 17, 1875
    The game of "snooker" is invented by Sir Neville Francis Fitzgerald Chamberlain, a British Army officer
  • April 17, 1895
    China and Japan sign the peace treaty of Shimonoseki, followed a war over control of the Korean peninsula, by which China recognizes independence and autonomy of Korea and cedes to Japan the Taiwan
  • April 17, 1956
    Cominform, the first official forum of the international communist movement, is dissolves
  • April 17, 1961
    1,400 Cuban exiles, funded by the United States government's Central Intelligence Agency, land in Bay of Pigs and attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro
  • April 17, 1964
    The Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Mustang at the New York World's Fair, US$2368 base price
  • April 17, 1969
    Czechoslovakia's Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek deposed
  • April 17, 1975
    Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, falls to Communist insurgents of Khmer Rouge, ending Cambodia's five-year Civil War and starting cruel Pol Pot regime
  • April 17, 2004
    Israeli helicopters fire missiles at a convoy of vehicles in the Gaza Strip, killing the Gaza leader of Hamas, Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi

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