Today in History, English
Today in History, English

44251April 17Event1969 – Communist Party of Czechoslovakia chairman Alexander Dubček is deposed.
44252April 17Event1970 – Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
44253April 17Event1971 – The People's Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Mujibnagor.
44254April 17Event1973 – George Lucas begins writing the treatment for The Star Wars.
44255April 17Event1975 – The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.
44256April 17Event1978 – Mir Akbar Khyber is assassinated, provoking a communist coup d'état in Afghanistan.
44257April 17Event1982 – Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
44258April 17Event1984 – Police Constable Yvonne Fletcher is killed by gunfire from the Libyan People's Bureau (Embassy) in London during a small demonstration outside the embassy. Ten others are wounded. The events lead to an 11-day siege of the building.
44259April 17Event1986 – The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends.
44260April 17Event1986 – Nezar Hindawi's attempt to detonate a bomb aboard an El Al flight from London to Tel Aviv is thwarted.
44261April 17Event2006 – A Palestinian suicide bomber detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70.
44262April 17Event2013 – An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, kills 15 people and injures 160 others.
44263April 17Event2014 – NASA's Kepler confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.
44264April 17Birth1277 – Michael IX Palaiologos, Byzantine emperor (d. 1320)
44265April 17Birth1573 – Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (d. 1651)
44266April 17Birth1586 – John Ford, English poet and playwright (d. 1639)
44267April 17Birth1598 – Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Italian priest and astronomer (d. 1671)
44268April 17Birth1620 – Marguerite Bourgeoys, French-Canadian nun and saint, founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal (d. 1700)
44269April 17Birth1622 – Henry Vaughan, Welsh physician, author, and poet (d. 1695)
44270April 17Birth1676 – Frederick I of Sweden (d. 1751)
44271April 17Birth1683 – Johann David Heinichen, German composer and theorist (d. 1729)
44272April 17Birth1710 – Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, Scottish politician (d. 1767)
44273April 17Birth1734 – Taksin, Thai king (d. 1782)
44274April 17Birth1741 – Samuel Chase, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1811)
44275April 17Birth1750 – François de Neufchâteau, French academic and politician, French Minister of the Interior (d. 1828)
44276April 17Birth1756 – Dheeran Chinnamalai, Indian commander (d. 1805)
44277April 17Birth1766 – Collin McKinney, American surveyor, merchant, and politician (d. 1861)
44278April 17Birth1794 – Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist and explorer (d. 1868)
44279April 17Birth1798 – Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician and academic (d. 1840)
44280April 17Birth1814 – Josif Pančić, Serbian botanist and academic (d. 1888)

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