The Maui News - - OPINION -

To­day is Tues­day, April 17, the 107th day of 2018. There are 258 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory: On April 17, 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban ex­iles launched the dis­as­trous Bay of Pigs in­va­sion of Cuba in an at­tempt to top­ple Fidel Cas­tro, whose forces crushed the in­cur­sion by the third day.

On this date:

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 1964, Ford Mo­tor Co. un­veiled the Mus­tang at the New York World’s Fair.

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: Ac­tress Olivia Hussey is 67. For­mer NFL quar­ter­back Boomer Esi­a­son is 57. Ac­tor Henry Ian Cu­sick is 51. Ac­tress Jen­nifer Garner is 46. Coun­try mu­si­cian Craig Anderson is 45. Singer Vic­to­ria Adams Beck­ham is 44. Ac­tress Rooney Mara is 33. Ac­tress Jacque­line MacInnes Wood is 31. Ac­tor Paulie Litt is 23. Ac­tress Dee Dee Davis is 22.

Thought for To­day: “Be­ware of lit­tle ex­penses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” — Ben­jamin Franklin (born 1706, died this date in 1790).

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