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17th of April 0069 EVENT After the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor.
17th of April 1080 EVENT King of Denmark Harald III dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized.
17th of April 1397 EVENT Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) the start of the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury.
17th of April 1492 EVENT Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.
17th of April 1521 EVENT Martin Luther speaks to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.
17th of April 1524 EVENT Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.
17th of April 1555 EVENT After 18 months of siege, Siena surrenders to the Florentine-Imperial army. The Republic of Siena is incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
17th of April 1797 EVENT Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America.
17th of April 1797 EVENT Citizens of Verona, Italy, begin an eight-day rebellion against the French occupying forces, which will end unsuccessfully.
17th of April 1864 EVENT American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins : Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
17th of April 1895 EVENT The Treaty of Shimonoseki between China and Japan is signed. This marks the end of the First Sino-Japanese War, and the defeated Qing Empire is forced to renounce its claims on Korea and to concede the southern portion of the Fengtien province, Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands to Japan.
17th of April 1905 EVENT The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York which holds that the "right to free contract" is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
17th of April 1907 EVENT The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
17th of April 1912 EVENT Russian troops open fire on striking goldfield workers in northeast Siberia, killing at least 150.
17th of April 1941 EVENT World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
17th of April 1942 EVENT French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Konigstein.
17th of April 1945 EVENT Brazilian forces liberate the town of Montese, Italy, from German Nazi forces.
17th of April 1946 EVENT Syria obtains its Independence from the French occupation.
17th of April 1949 EVENT At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland.
17th of April 1961 EVENT Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban refugees lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
17th of April 1964 EVENT Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air.
17th of April 1969 EVENT Czechoslovakian Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek is deposed.
17th of April 1969 EVENT Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
17th of April 1970 EVENT Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
17th of April 1971 EVENT The People's Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Mujibnagor.
17th of April 1975 EVENT The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.
17th of April 1982 EVENT Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
17th of April 1984 EVENT Police Constable Yvonne Fletcher is killed by gunfire from the Libyan People's Bureau in London during a small demonstration outside the embassy. Ten others are wounded. The events lead to an 11-day siege of the building.
17th of April 1986 EVENT The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends.
17th of April 2006 EVENT Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70.
17th of April 1278 BIRTHDAY Michael IX Palaeologus, co-ruling Eastern Roman Emperor (d. 1320)
17th of April 1573 BIRTHDAY Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (d. 1651)
17th of April 1586 BIRTHDAY John Ford, English dramatist
17th of April 1598 BIRTHDAY Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (d. 1671)
17th of April 1620 BIRTHDAY Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (d. 1700)
17th of April 1622 BIRTHDAY Henry Vaughan, Welsh poet (d. 1695)
17th of April 1710 BIRTHDAY Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (d. 1767)
17th of April 1734 BIRTHDAY Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)
17th of April 1741 BIRTHDAY Samuel Chase, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1811)
17th of April 1750 BIRTHDAY Francois de Neufchateau, French statesman and intellectual figure (d. 1828)
17th of April 1794 BIRTHDAY Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (d. 1868)
17th of April 1798 BIRTHDAY Etienne Bobillier, French mathematician (d. 1840)
17th of April 1814 BIRTHDAY Josif Pancic, Serbian botanist (d. 1888)
17th of April 1816 BIRTHDAY Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder (d. 1876)
17th of April 1820 BIRTHDAY Alexander Joy Cartwright, Inventor of the Modern Game of Baseball (d. 1892)
17th of April 1833 BIRTHDAY Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer (d. 1900)
17th of April 1837 BIRTHDAY J. P. Morgan, American financier (d. 1913)
17th of April 1842 BIRTHDAY Maurice Rouvier, French statesman (d. 1911)
17th of April 1849 BIRTHDAY William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1923)
17th of April 1863 BIRTHDAY Augustus Edward Hough Love, English mathematician (d. 1940)
17th of April 1865 BIRTHDAY Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (d. 1939)
17th of April 1866 BIRTHDAY Ernest Starling, British physiologist (d. 1927)
17th of April 1877 BIRTHDAY Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat (d. 1949)
17th of April 1878 BIRTHDAY Emil Fuchs, German-born American attorney and baseball owner (d. 1961)
17th of April 1882 BIRTHDAY Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist (d. 1951)
17th of April 1884 BIRTHDAY Leo Frank, American victim of lynching (d. 1915)
17th of April 1885 BIRTHDAY Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Danish author (d. 1962)
17th of April 1890 BIRTHDAY Art Acord, American actor and rodeo rider (d. 1931)
17th of April 1891 BIRTHDAY George Adamski, Polish-American author and ufologist (d. 1965)
17th of April 1896 BIRTHDAY Senor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (d. 1999)
17th of April 1897 BIRTHDAY Thornton Wilder, American dramatist (d. 1975)
17th of April 1902 BIRTHDAY Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician (d. 1974)
17th of April 1903 BIRTHDAY Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian cellist (d. 1976)
17th of April 1903 BIRTHDAY Morgan Taylor, American athlete (d. 1975)
17th of April 1905 BIRTHDAY Arthur Lake, American actor (d. 1987)
17th of April 1906 BIRTHDAY Sidney R. Garfield, American physician (d. 1984)
17th of April 1909 BIRTHDAY Alain Poher, French politician (d. 1996)
17th of April 1910 BIRTHDAY Evangelos Averoff, Greek politician (d. 1990)
17th of April 1910 BIRTHDAY Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (d. 1999)
17th of April 1911 BIRTHDAY Lester Rodney, American journalist (d. 2009)
17th of April 1912 BIRTHDAY Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-born actress and singer, naturalized citizen of the United States
17th of April 1914 BIRTHDAY George W. Davis, American art director (d. 1984)
17th of April 1915 BIRTHDAY Joe Foss, United States Marine and politician (d. 2003)
17th of April 1915 BIRTHDAY Martin Clemens, Scottish guerilla fighter (d. 2009)
17th of April 1915 BIRTHDAY Sirimavo Bandaranaike, A Sri Lankan politician and the world's first female head of government (d. 2000)
17th of April 1916 BIRTHDAY Helenio Herrera, French footballer player and manager (d. 1997)
17th of April 1917 BIRTHDAY Bill Clements, American politician
17th of April 1918 BIRTHDAY William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)
17th of April 1919 BIRTHDAY Gilles Lamontagne, French Canadian politician
17th of April 1919 BIRTHDAY Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer
17th of April 1923 BIRTHDAY Harry Reasoner, American journalist (d. 1991)
17th of April 1923 BIRTHDAY Lindsay Anderson, English film director (d. 1994)
17th of April 1923 BIRTHDAY Solly Hemus, American baseball player
17th of April 1925 BIRTHDAY Erich Gostl, German War Hero (d. 1990)
17th of April 1926 BIRTHDAY Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
17th of April 1928 BIRTHDAY Cynthia Ozick, American writer
17th of April 1929 BIRTHDAY James Last, German band leader
17th of April 1929 BIRTHDAY Michael Forest, American actor
17th of April 1929 BIRTHDAY Peggy McKercher, 11th Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan)
17th of April 1930 BIRTHDAY Chris Barber, British jazz band leader
17th of April 1934 BIRTHDAY Don Kirshner, American composer (d. 2011)
17th of April 1937 BIRTHDAY Ferdinand Piech, Austrian-German automotive engineer and executive
17th of April 1938 BIRTHDAY Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism
17th of April 1938 BIRTHDAY Ben Barnes, American politician
17th of April 1940 BIRTHDAY Billy Fury, British singer (d. 1983)
17th of April 1940 BIRTHDAY Anja Silja, German soprano
17th of April 1940 BIRTHDAY John McCririck, English television horse racing pundit
17th of April 1942 BIRTHDAY Kenas Aroi, Nauruan politician
17th of April 1942 BIRTHDAY David Bradley, British actor
17th of April 1947 BIRTHDAY Linda Martin, Irish singer
17th of April 1947 BIRTHDAY Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
17th of April 1948 BIRTHDAY Jan Hammer, Czech composer
17th of April 1950 BIRTHDAY L. Scott Caldwell, American actress
17th of April 1950 BIRTHDAY Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner
17th of April 1951 BIRTHDAY Olivia Hussey, Argentine-born actress
17th of April 1951 BIRTHDAY Borje Salming, Swedish ice hockey player
17th of April 1952 BIRTHDAY Zeljko Raznatovic, Serbian warlord (d. 2000)
17th of April 1954 BIRTHDAY Riccardo Patrese, Italian race car driver
17th of April 1954 BIRTHDAY Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler
17th of April 1954 BIRTHDAY Michael Sembello, American musician
17th of April 1954 BIRTHDAY Lester Square, Canadian musician
17th of April 1955 BIRTHDAY Pete Shelley, British musician
17th of April 1957 BIRTHDAY Susan Roman, Canadian voice actress
17th of April 1957 BIRTHDAY Nick Hornby, English author
17th of April 1959 BIRTHDAY Sean Bean, English actor
17th of April 1961 BIRTHDAY Boomer Esiason, American football player and commentator
17th of April 1961 BIRTHDAY Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader
17th of April 1963 BIRTHDAY Joel Murray, American actor
17th of April 1964 BIRTHDAY Ken Daneyko, Canadian ice hockey player
17th of April 1964 BIRTHDAY Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle)
17th of April 1964 BIRTHDAY Lela Rochon, American actress
17th of April 1965 BIRTHDAY William Mapother, American actor
17th of April 1965 BIRTHDAY Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner
17th of April 1966 BIRTHDAY Vikram, Indian actor
17th of April 1967 BIRTHDAY Marquis Grissom, American baseball player
17th of April 1967 BIRTHDAY Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-born Scottish actor
17th of April 1967 BIRTHDAY Timothy Gibbs, American actor
17th of April 1967 BIRTHDAY Leslie Bega, American actress
17th of April 1967 BIRTHDAY Kimberly Elise, American actress
17th of April 1967 BIRTHDAY Liz Phair, American musician/songwriter
17th of April 1968 BIRTHDAY Prince Maurits of the Netherlands
17th of April 1970 BIRTHDAY Redman, American rapper
17th of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Gary Bennett, American baseball player
17th of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Jennifer Garner, American actress
17th of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer
17th of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Tony Boselli, American football player
17th of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Terran Sandwith, Canadian ice hockey player
17th of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Claire Sweeney, English actress
17th of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Jarkko Wiss, Finnish Footballer
17th of April 1973 BIRTHDAY Brett Maher, Australian basketballer
17th of April 1973 BIRTHDAY Theo Ratliff, American basketball player
17th of April 1973 BIRTHDAY Kaiho Ryoji, Japanese sumo wrestler
17th of April 1974 BIRTHDAY Mikael Akerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth)
17th of April 1974 BIRTHDAY Victoria Beckham, English singer (Spice Girls)
17th of April 1975 BIRTHDAY Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor
17th of April 1975 BIRTHDAY Travis Roy, American hockey player
17th of April 1976 BIRTHDAY Monet Mazur, American actress and musician
17th of April 1976 BIRTHDAY Ana Geislerova, Czech actress
17th of April 1976 BIRTHDAY Alex Nesic, American actor
17th of April 1977 BIRTHDAY Chad Hedrick, American speed skater
17th of April 1977 BIRTHDAY Sizzla, Jamaican dancehall artist
17th of April 1977 BIRTHDAY Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon)
17th of April 1978 BIRTHDAY Lindsay Hartley, American actress
17th of April 1978 BIRTHDAY Loukas Louka, Greek-Cypriot footballer
17th of April 1978 BIRTHDAY Jason White, Scottish rugby player
17th of April 1979 BIRTHDAY Eric Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player
17th of April 1979 BIRTHDAY Siddharth Narayan, Indian actor
17th of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer/boxer
17th of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
17th of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Nicholas D'Agosto, American television and film actor
17th of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Fabian Andres Vargas, Colombian football player
17th of April 1981 BIRTHDAY Wayne Lydon, American baseball player
17th of April 1981 BIRTHDAY Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer
17th of April 1981 BIRTHDAY Zhang Yaokun, Chinese football player
17th of April 1981 BIRTHDAY Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
17th of April 1982 BIRTHDAY Lee Jun Ki, South Korean actor and model
17th of April 1982 BIRTHDAY Brad Boyes, Canadian hockey player
17th of April 1983 BIRTHDAY Stanislav Chistov, Russian hockey player
17th of April 1983 BIRTHDAY Roberto Jimenez, Peruvian football player
17th of April 1983 BIRTHDAY Andrea Marcato, Italian rugby player
17th of April 1984 BIRTHDAY Jed Lowrie, American baseball player
17th of April 1985 BIRTHDAY Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player
17th of April 1990 BIRTHDAY Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer.
17th of April 1990 BIRTHDAY Nari Yang Kim, South Korean diplomat.
17th of April 1995 BIRTHDAY Paulie Litt, American actor.
17th of April 1996 BIRTHDAY Dee Dee Davis, American actress.
17th of April 0326 DEATH Alexander of Alexandria, Patriarch of Alexandria
17th of April 0485 DEATH Proclus, Greek philosopher (Born 412)
17th of April 0617 DEATH Donnan of Eigg, Celtic Christian martyr, patron saint of Eigg
17th of April 1080 DEATH King Harald III of Denmark (Born 1041)
17th of April 1427 DEATH John IV, Duke of Brabant (Born 1403)
17th of April 1539 DEATH George, Duke of Saxony (Born 1471)
17th of April 1574 DEATH Joachim Camerarius, German classical scholar (Born 1500)
17th of April 1680 DEATH Kateri Tekakwitha, first American Indian to receive beatification (Born 1656)
17th of April 1695 DEATH Sor Juana, Mexican writer
17th of April 1696 DEATH Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, French writer (Born 1626)
17th of April 1711 DEATH Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (Born 1678)
17th of April 1713 DEATH David Hollatz, Pomeranian dogmatician (Born 1648)
17th of April 1742 DEATH Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (Born 1664)
17th of April 1761 DEATH Thomas Bayes, English mathematician
17th of April 1764 DEATH Johann Mattheson, German composer (Born 1681)
17th of April 1790 DEATH Benjamin Franklin, American inventor, diplomat, and printer (Born 1706)
17th of April 1799 DEATH Richard Jupp, English architect (Born 1728)
17th of April 1843 DEATH Samuel Morey, American inventor (Born 1762)
17th of April 1849 DEATH Pedro Ignacio de Castro Barros, Argentine statesman and priest (Born 1777)
17th of April 1873 DEATH Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (Born 1783)
17th of April 1882 DEATH George Jennings Sanitary engineer (Born 1810)
17th of April 1892 DEATH Alexander Mackenzie, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada (Born 1822)
17th of April 1902 DEATH Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (Born 1822)
17th of April 1921 DEATH Manuel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (Born 1860)
17th of April 1930 DEATH Alexander Golovin, Russian painter (Born 1863)
17th of April 1933 DEATH Konstantine Marjanishvili, Georgian theatre director (Born 1872)
17th of April 1936 DEATH Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck, Dutch Prime Minister (Born 1873)
17th of April 1937 DEATH Yi Sang, Korean poet (Born 1910)
17th of April 1941 DEATH Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (Born 1899)
17th of April 1942 DEATH Jean Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1870)
17th of April 1944 DEATH J.T. Hearne, English cricketer (Born 1867)
17th of April 1954 DEATH Lucretiu Patrascanu, Romanian communist activist (Born 1900)
17th of April 1960 DEATH Eddie Cochran, American musician (Born 1938)
17th of April 1967 DEATH Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (Born 1908)
17th of April 1975 DEATH Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher (Born 1888)
17th of April 1976 DEATH Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (Born 1895)
17th of April 1977 DEATH William Conway, Irish cardinal (Born 1913)
17th of April 1983 DEATH Felix Pappalardi, American musician and recording producer (Born 1939) (Mountain)
17th of April 1984 DEATH Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (Born 1933)
17th of April 1985 DEATH Takis Miliadis, Greek actor (Born 1922)
17th of April 1987 DEATH Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (Born 1901)
17th of April 1987 DEATH Dick Shawn, Actor and Comedian (Born 1923)
17th of April 1988 DEATH Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (Born 1900)
17th of April 1990 DEATH Reverend Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights activist (Born 1936)
17th of April 1993 DEATH Turgut Ozal, 8th president of Turkey (Born 1927)
17th of April 1994 DEATH Roger Wolcott Sperry, American neurobiologist, Nobel laureate (Born 1913)
17th of April 1995 DEATH Frank E. Resnik, American business executive (Born 1928)
17th of April 1996 DEATH Piet Hein, Danish scientist and poet (Born 1905)
17th of April 1997 DEATH Allan Francovich, American documentarian (Born 1941)
17th of April 1997 DEATH Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983 : 1993) (Born 1918)
17th of April 1998 DEATH Linda McCartney, American designer and photographer (Born 1941)
17th of April 2003 DEATH Robert Atkins, American dietician (Born 1930)
17th of April 2003 DEATH H. B. Bailey, American racing driver (Born 1936)
17th of April 2003 DEATH Earl King, American musician and songwriter (Born 1934)
17th of April 2003 DEATH Paul Getty, American-born philanthropist (Born 1932)
17th of April 2003 DEATH Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon (Born 1910)
17th of April 2004 DEATH Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (Born 1908)
17th of April 2004 DEATH Soundarya, Indian actress (Born 1971)
17th of April 2006 DEATH Scott Brazil, American television producer and director. (Born 1955)
17th of April 2007 DEATH Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality (Born 1910)
17th of April 2007 DEATH Gil Dobrica, Romanian singer (Born 1946)
17th of April 2008 DEATH Aime Cesaire, French Martinican poet and politician (Born 1913)
17th of April 2008 DEATH Danny Federici, American organ player (E-Street Band) (Born 1950)
17th of April 2011 DEATH AJ Perez, Filipino teen actor (Born 1993)
17th of April 2011 DEATH Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (Born 1948)