April 17


1629 – Horses were first imported into the colonies by the American Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1704 – John Campbell published what would eventually become the first successful American newspaper. It was known as the Boston “News-Letter.”

1810 – Pineapple cheese was patented by Lewis M. Norton.

1861 – Virginia became the eighth state to secede from the Union.

1865 – Mary Surratt was arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.

1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processed 11,747 people…more than on any other day.

1917 – A bill in Congress to establish Daylight Saving Time was defeated. It was passed a couple of months later.

1937 – “Daffy Duck” makes his debut in a “Porky Pig” cartoon titled Duck Hunt.

1941 – Igor Sikorsky accomplished the first successful helicopter lift-off from water near Stratford, CT.

1941 – The office of Price Administration was established in the U.S. to handle rationing.

1947 – Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers) performed a bunt for his first major league hit.

1961 – About 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.

1964 – Jerrie Mock became first woman to fly an airplane solo around the world.

1964 – The FBI lab reported that it could not determine the lyrics to “Louie Louie.”

1964 – The Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Mustang model.

1967 – “The Joey Bishop Show” debuted on ABC-TV.

1967 – The U.S. Supreme Court barred Muhammad Ali’s request to be blocked from induction into the U.S. Army.

1969 – In Los Angeles, CA, Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

1970 – Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on-board accident with an oxygen tank.

1973 – George Lucas began writing the treatment for “The Star Wars”.

1985 – The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent, “LOVE” stamp.

1993 – A federal jury in Los Angeles, CA, convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King. Two other officers were acquitted.

1996 – Erik and Lyle Menendez were sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing their parents.

1997 – The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum was dedicated in Grand Rapids, MI.

2002 – The television show “Ally McBeal” goes off the air after five seasons.



Dennis Hextall 1943 – Hockey player (Detroit Red Wings 1975-1979)

Jan Hammer 1948 – Composer, musician (TV’s “Miami Vice” Theme)

Pedro Garcia 1950 – Baseball player (Detroit Tigers 1976)

Olivia Hussey 1951 – Actress (“Ice Cream Man”, “Psycho 4: The Beginning”, “Romeo and Juliet”)

Michael Sembello 1954 – Musician (“Maniac” from “Flashdance”)

Nick Hornby 1957 – Novelist (“High Fidelity”, “About a Boy”, “Fever Pitch”, screenplay “An Education”)

Teri Austin 1957 – Actress (TV’s “Knots Landing”)

Sean Bean 1959 – Actor (“Goldeneye”, “The Lord of the Rings” series)

Boomer Esiason 1961 – Football player, TV commentator

Lela Rochon 1964 – Actress (“Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, “Waiting to Exhale”)

William Mapother 1965 – Actor (TV’s “Lost)

Henry Ian Cusick 1967 – Actor (TV’s “Lost”, “Scandal”, “The 100”)

Kimberly Elise 1967 – Actress (“The Great Debaters”, “Pride”, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”, “John Q”, “Beloved”, “Set It Off”, TV’s “Close to Home”)

Marquis Grissom 1967 – Baseball player

Liz Phair 1967 – Singer, songwriter

Redman 1970 – Rapper, actor (“How High”, “Seed of Chucky”)

Jennifer Anne Garner 1972 – Actress (“Daredevil”, “Electra”, “Alias”, “Draft Day”, “Dallas Buyers Club”, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”, “Juno”, “13 Going on 30”, “The Kingdom”, “Catch and Release”)

Victoria Beckham 1974 – Singer (Posh Spice of the Spice Girls)

Rooney Mara 1985 – Actress (“Pan”, “Her”, “Side Effects”, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Social Network”)



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Haiku Poetry Day

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