Today in History, English
Today in History, English

44221April 16Holiday and observanceEmancipation Day (Washington, D.C.)
44222April 17Event1080 – The King of Denmark, Harald III dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized.
44223April 17Event1349 – Fall of the Bavand dynasty, and rise of the Afrasiyab dynasty.
44224April 17Event1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer tells The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as the start of the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury.
44225April 17Event1492 – Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.
44226April 17Event1521 – Trial of Martin Luther over his teachings begins during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. Initially intimidated, he asks for time to reflect before answering and is given a stay of one day.
44227April 17Event1524 – Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.
44228April 17Event1555 – After 18 months of siege, Siena surrenders to the Florentine-Imperial army. The Republic of Siena is incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
44229April 17Event1797 – Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America.
44230April 17Event1797 – Citizens of Verona, Italy, begin an eight-day rebellion against the French occupying forces, which will end unsuccessfully.
44231April 17Event1861 – The state of Virginia's secession convention votes to secede from the United States, becoming the 8th state to join the Confederate States of America.
44232April 17Event1863 – American Civil War: Grierson's Raid begins – troops under Union Army Colonel Benjamin Grierson attack central Mississippi.
44233April 17Event1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins – Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
44234April 17Event1895 – The Treaty of Shimonoseki between China and Japan is signed. This marks the end of the First Sino-Japanese War, and the defeated Qing Empire is forced to renounce its claims on Korea and to concede the southern portion of the Fengtien province, Tai
44235April 17Event1897 – The Aurora, Texas, UFO incident
44236April 17Event1905 – The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York, which holds that the "right to free contract" is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
44237April 17Event1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
44238April 17Event1912 – Russian troops open fire on striking goldfield workers in northeast Siberia, killing at least 150.
44239April 17Event1937 – Daffy Duck's first appearance, in Porky's Duck Hunt.
44240April 17Event1941 – World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
44241April 17Event1942 – French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Königstein Fortress.
44242April 17Event1944 – Forces of the Communist-controlled Greek People's Liberation Army attack the smaller National and Social Liberation resistance group, which surrenders. Its leader Dimitrios Psarros is murdered.
44243April 17Event1945 – World War II: Brazilian forces liberate the town of Montese, Italy, from Nazi forces.
44244April 17Event1946 – Syria obtains its independence from the French occupation.
44245April 17Event1949 – At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland.
44246April 17Event1951 – The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
44247April 17Event1961 – Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
44248April 17Event1964 – Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air.
44249April 17Event1964 – Ford Mustang is introduced to the North American market.
44250April 17Event1969 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.

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