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.