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On this day in 1961, approximately 1,400 U.S.-supported Cuban
exiles invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow
Fidel Castro. It was an unsuccessful attack.

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On this day in 1970, Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on- 
board accident with an oxygen tank.

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The crew members of Apollo 13—Fred Haise (left), Jim Lovell
(center), and Jack Swigert—step aboard the “USS Iwo Jima”
following splashdown and recovery operations in the south
Pacific Ocean.

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Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790)

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He
was a leading author, printer,
political theorist, politician, freemason,
postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and
diplomat.

Franklin suffered from obesity throughout his middle-aged and later years,
which resulted in multiple health problems, particularly
gout, which became
worse as he aged. In poor health during the signing of the US Constitution
in 1787, he was rarely seen in public from then until his death. Franklin
died from
pleuritic attack  at his home in Philadelphia on April 17, 1790,
at age 84.

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An Illustration of Benjamin Franklin on His Death Bed.


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John Pierpont Morgan Sr. (April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913)

J.P. Morgan was an American financier and banker who dominated
corporate finance and industrial consolidation in the United States
of America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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The Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Mustang model on this
day in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. Ford anticipated they
would sell around 100,000 units a year, and were somewhat
unprepared when they received 22,000 orders in the first day
alone!

1964 World's Fair Ford Mustang Introduction

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CASTRO IN THE U.S. ON THIS DAY IN 1959

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Fidel Castro looks up at the Jefferson Memorial on April 16, 1959
during his visit to the United States.

   

Four months after leading a successful revolution in Cuba, Fidel Castro
visits the United States. The visit was marked by tensions between both 
Castro and the American government.

   

  

   
       
        
        

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In Blacksburg, VA, on this day in 2007, a student killed 33 people at Virginia Tech before killing himself.

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The 23-year-old student gunman Seung-Hui Cho.

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In Texas City, TX. on this day in 1947, the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, leaving
576 people dead.

    
   
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On this day in 1917, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution after years of exile.

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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977)

Comedic silent film icon Charlie Chaplin gained world fame for portraying
his character, The Tramp (1915) and starred in
The Great Dictator (1940)
and
Modern Times. He had a career that lasted over 75 years, and became
one of the most important people in film history.

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On this day in 1996, Britain’s Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced that they were in the process of getting
a divorce.

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The Rolling Stones released their debut album on this day in 1964.

   

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Michael Jordan played his last NBA game on this day in 2003.

Michael Jordan, who was on the bench and unlikely to enter the game,
was re-inserted into the line-up by Washington Wizards coach Doug
Collins with 2:35 left in the fourth quarter after the crowd of 20,000+
chanted Michael’s name.

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On this day in 1912, the ocean liner Titanic sank in the
North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening
before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people
survived.

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On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died
from injuries inflicted by John Wilkes Booth.

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Jackie Robinson played his first major league baseball
game for the Brooklyn Dodgers on this day in 1947. He
previously he had only appeared in exhibition games.

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U.S. F-111 warplanes attacked Libya on this day in 1986
in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on
April 5, 1986.

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Pol Pot died at the age of 73 on this day in 1998. The leader
of the Khmer Rouge regime thereby evaded prosecution for
the deaths of 2 million Cambodians.

     

   
    
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President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theater by
John Wilkes Booth on this day in 1865. He actually died early the
next morning.

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On this day in 1912, the Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its
maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people
lost their lives and more than 700 survived.

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The first edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary was published under
the name "American Dictionary of the English Language” on this
day in 1828.
  

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Noah Webster Jr.
(October 16, 1758 – May 28, 1843)

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Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, CA, demonstrated the first 
commercial magnetic tape recorder for sound and picture.

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Ampex video tape at the National Museum of American History.

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Tiger Woods celebrates his third Masters victory in 2002.
On this day in 2002, Tiger Woods celebrates his third Masters victory.

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Loretta Lynn (Webb) is 86 years young today. She was born in 
Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.

Country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn has had multiple gold
albums in a career spanning almost 60 years. She is famous for hits s
uch as "
You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)", "Don’t Come
Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)
", "One’s on the Way",
"
Fist City", and "Coal Miner’s Daughter".

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