TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

April 17, 1961

Some 1,500CIA-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.

ALSO ON THIS DATE

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.

1521

Mar­tin Luther went be­fore the Diet of Worms to face charges stem­ming from his re­li­gious writ­ings.

1861

The Vir­ginia State Con­ven­tion voted to se­cede from the Union.

1895

The Treaty of Shi­monoseki ended the first Sino-Ja­panese War.

1937

Car­toon char­ac­ter Daffy Duck made his de­but in the Warner Bros. an­i­mated short “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” di­rected by Tex Avery.

1941

Yu­goslavia sur­ren­dered to Ger­many dur­ing World War II.

1970

Apollo 13as­tro­nauts 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.

1993

A fed­eral jury in Los An­ge­les con­victed two for­mer po­lice of­fi­cers of vi­o­lat­ing the civil rights of beaten mo­torist Rod­ney King; two other of­fi­cers were ac­quit­ted.

2008

Pope Bene­dict XVI, dur­ing his visit to Wash­ing­ton, talked and prayed pri­vately with sur­vivors of the clergy sex abuse scan­dal in what’s be­lieved to be a first-ever meet­ing be­tween a pon­tiff and abuse vic­tims.

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