Al­manac

The Citizens' Voice - - Briefly -

To­day is Tues­day, April 17, the 107th day of 2018. There are 258 days left in the year. In 1492, a con­tract was 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 Asia. In 1521, Mar­tin Luther went be­fore the Diet of Worms (vohrms) to face charges stem­ming from his re­li­gious writ­ings. (Luther was later de­clared an out­law by Holy Ro­man Em­peror Charles V.) In 1861, the Vir­ginia State Con­ven­tion voted to se­cede from the Union. In 1924, the mo­tion pic­ture stu­dio Metro-gold­wyn-mayer was founded, the re­sult of a merger of Metro Pic­tures, Gold­wyn Pic­tures and the Louis B. Mayer Co. In 1937, car­toon char­ac­ter Daffy Duck made his de­but in the Warner Bros. an­i­mated short “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” di­rected by Tex Avery. In 1964, Geral­dine “Jer­rie” Mock be­came the first woman to com­plete a solo air­plane trip around the world as she re­turned to Colum­bus, Ohio, af­ter 29½ days in her Cessna 180. Ford Mo­tor Co. un­veiled the Mus­tang at the New York World’s Fair. The first game was played at New York’s Shea Sta­dium; the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates de­feated the Mets, 4-3. In 1970, Apollo 13 as­tro­nauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert splashed down safely in the Pa­cific, four days af­ter a rup­tured oxy­gen tank crip­pled their space­craft while en route to the moon. To­day’s Birth­days: Ac­tor David Bradley is 76. Ac­tress Olivia Hussey is 67. Ac­tor Clarke Peters is 66. For­mer NFL quar­ter­back Boomer Esi­a­son is 57. Ac­tor Joel Mur­ray is 56. Ac­tor Henry Ian Cu­sick is 51. Ac­tress Kim­berly Elise is 51. Singer Liz Phair is 51. Singer Vic­to­ria Adams Beck­ham is 44. Ac­tress-singer Lind­say Kor­man is 40. Ac­tor Paulie Litt is 23.

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