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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, April  17, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On April 17, 1970, the astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft.
 
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On this date in:
1521Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings.
1790American statesman Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia at age 84.
1861The Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.
1951Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
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1961About 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched an invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the southwestern coast of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
Audio LinkPresident John F. Kennedy
1964The Ford Motor Co. unveiled the Mustang.
1973FedEx, then known as Federal Express, began operations.
1975Phnom Penh fell to Communist insurgents, ending Cambodia's five-year civil war.
1996A Los Angeles jury recommended that Lyle and Erik Menendez serve life in prison without parole for killing their wealthy parents.
2001Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 500th career home run, becoming the 17th major leaguer to reach the mark.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Jennifer Garner ("Alias") turns 42 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Jan HammerComposer, musician66
William MapotherActor ("Lost")49
Henry Ian CusickActor ("Scandal," "Lost")47
Liz PhairRock singer47
RedmanRapper, actor44
Singer Victoria Beckham (Spice Girls) turns 40 years old today.
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