TODAY IN HISTORY
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).