TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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On April 17, 1492, Spain's King Fer­di­nand and Queen Is­abella agreed to fi­nance Christo­pher Colum­bus' voy­age to seek out a west­ward ocean pas­sage to Asia.

In 1521 Mar­tin Luther went be­fore the Diet of Worms to face charges stem­ming from his re­li­gious writ­ings.

In 1961 about 1,500 CIA trained Cuban ex­iles launched the Bay of Pigs in­va­sion of Cuba in an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to over­throw Fidel Cas­tro.

In 1964 Ford Mo­tor Co. in­tro­duced the Mus­tang. Also in 1964 Jer­rie Mock of Colum­bus, Ohio, be­came the first fe­male pilot to make a solo flight around the world.

In 1969 Sirhan Sirhan was con­victed of first-de­gree mur­der in the as­sas­si­na­tion of Sen. Robert Kennedy (DN.Y.). Also in 1969 Cze­choslo­vak Com­mu­nist Party Chair­man Alexan­der Dubcek was de­posed.

In 1970 the as­tro­nauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pa­cific, four days af­ter a rup­tured oxy­gen tank crip­pled their space­craft.

In 1975 Ph­nom Penh fell to com­mu­nist Kh­mer Rouge in­sur­gents, end­ing Cam­bo­dia's five-year war.

In 1982 Queen El­iz­a­beth II pro­claimed a new con­sti­tu­tion for Canada, giv­ing that na­tion in­de­pen­dence from Britain.

In 1983 Pol­ish po­lice in Warsaw routed 1,000 Sol­i­dar­ity sup­port­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in an un­of­fi­cial cer­e­mony mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of the Warsaw ghetto up­ris­ing.

In 1991 the Dow Jones in­dus­trial av­er­age closed above 3,000 for the first time.

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