TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - KICKOFF -

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

1937

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

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.

1972

The Bos­ton Marathon al­lowed women to com­pete for the first time; Nina Kusc­sik was the first of­fi­cially rec­og­nized women’s cham­pion, with a time of 3:10:26.

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.

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