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April 17 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on April 17th.

Today In …

1961 - The Bay of Pigs invasion began in Cuba.

1964 - The Ford Mustang was first introduced.

1969 - Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy. He received the death penalty which was later commuted to life in prison.

1970 - Apollo 13 made it safely back to Earth after an onboard explosion threatened the crew and spacecraft.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Sean Bean star of TV’s “Sharpe” movies, “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and “National Treasure” was born in 1959.

Victoria Beckham the former Spice Girl, fashion designer and Katie Holmes’ BFF was born in 1974.

David Bradley the actor best known these days as Argus Filch in the “Harry Potter” movies was born in 1942.

Isak Dineson the author of “Out of Africa” was born in 1885.

Boomer Esiason former NFL quarterback and football commentator was born in 1961.

Jennifer Garner who starred in “Daredevil”, “13 Going on 30” and TV’s “Alias” was born in 1972.

Jan Hammer the famed composer of the theme songs for a number of TV shows including “Knight Rider” and “Miami Vice” was born in 1948.

William Holden who starred in “Bridge on the River Kwai” and the original version of “Sabrina” was born in 1918.

Olivia Hussey who starred in 1968’s “Romeo & Juliet” and 1974’s “Black Christmas” was born in 1951.

Nikita Khrushchev the former Premier of the Soviet Union was born in 1894.

Don Kirshner the music producer of the Monkees and for the TV shows “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Bewitched” was born in 1934.

J.P. Morgan the philanthropist was born in 1837.

Liz Phair the songstress of such hits as “Extraordinary” and “What Can’t I” was born in 1967.

Roddy Piper the “rowdy” one of the wrestling world and actor who’s appeared in “Hell Comes to Frogtown” and “They Live” was born in 1954.

Harry Reasoner the journalist and reporter for TV’s “60 Minutes” was born in 1923.

Thornton Wilder the author/playwright whose works include “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” and “Our Town” was born in 1897.

We Said Goodbye To…

Robert Atkins the inventor of the “Atkins Diet” passed away in 2003 at the age of 72.

Eddie Cochran the singer of “Summertime Blues” was killed in an auto accident in 1960 at the age of 21.

Benjamin Franklin the famed signer of the Declaration of Independence, diplomat and inventor passed away in 1790 at the age of 84.

Kitty Carlisle Hart the star of films and Broadway as well as a regular on TV's "To Tell the Truth" and "What's My Line" passed away in 2007 at the age of 96.

Linda McCartney photographer, entrepreneur and wife of Beatle Paul McCartney passed away in 1998 at the age of 56.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1971 - “Joy To The World” by Three Dog Night

Musical Moments In…

1970 - “McCartney”, the first solo album by Paul McCartney, was released.

Movie Moments In...

1924 - The movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was formed. We know it today as MGM.

1937 - Daffy Duck made his big screen debut in the short film “Porky’s Duck Hunt”.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1875 - Sir Neville Chamberlain invented Snooker!

1983 - Nolan Ryan struck out number 3,500 today!

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