April 17 in History
What happened on April 17 in history?
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on april 17 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on april 17 in history.
In Warsaw, police rout 1,000 Solidarity supporters.
Khmer Rouge forces capture the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
Apollo 13–originally scheduled to land on the moon–lands back safely on Earth after an accident.
Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Jerrie Mock becomes first woman to fly solo around the world.
Some 1,400 Cuban exiles attack the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit.
The last French troops leave Syria.
Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson, a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married.
China and Japan sign peace treaty of Shimonoseki.
The game “snooker” is invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.
General Ulysses Grant bans the trading of prisoners.
Virginia becomes the eighth state to secede from the Union.
Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54′ 40′.
Bayonne Decree by Napoleon Bonaparte of France orders seizure of U.S. ships.
Frances Williams, the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latin poems.
Antonio Mendoza is appointed first viceroy of New Spain.
Present-day New York Harbor is discovered by Giovanni da Verrazzano.
Christopher Columbus signs a contract with Spain to find a western route to the Indies.