Today in History - April 17

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Homes that were smashed during a series of explosions in the dock area stand close to a refinery (background) which was ignited by the blast and burned fiercely today, April 17, 1947. (AP Photo/Harvey Georges)

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Cuban President Fidel Castro speaks during commemoration of the 25th anniversary victory of the Cuban army over the April 17, 1961 invasion by the 2506 Brigade of Cuban exiles at the Bay of Pigs. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

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His hurling arm in top form despite a day's delay in opening the season in Washington, D.C., President Franklin D. Roosevelt is seen throwing in the first ball for the Philadelphia-Washington game at the Capital on April 17, 1935. (AP Photo)

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His hurling arm in top form despite a day's delay in opening the season in Washington, D.C., President Franklin D. Roosevelt is seen throwing in the first ball for the Philadelphia-Washington game at the Capital on April 17, 1935. (AP Photo)

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Unidentified female student notifies crowd assembled outside Philosophy Hall on Columbia U. campus via bull horn as to results inside the five story campus building which the student organization took over Thursday, April 17, 1969. (AP Photo/Al Burley)

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Tiger is his name, he entertains company on a toy piano in Savannah, Georgia, April 17, 1967. He lets his master know when visitors arrive. Tiger appeared out of no where one day and "adopted" Mr. and Mrs. A. Winthrop Baxley. Tiger can jump through a hoop, do sit ups, shake hands, and roll over on command. (AP Photo)

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South Korean students and police, the later wearing gas masks, battled on a street in Seoul on April 17, 1965. Quiet for a year, the students again are on the warpath against government efforts to bring about diplomatic and political rapprochements with Japan. Reasoning behind the student campaign seems to be fear that Japan will dominate South Korea economically. (AP Photo)

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Photo shows Neil A. Armstrong, on April 17, 1964?. when he was an X15 pilot. (AP Photo)

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These men wait their turn to get into the small house in Miami, Florida on April 18, 1961, to sign up to fight with anti-Castro forces in Cuba. The Cuban recruiting offices continue doing a brisk business in signing up recruits to fight with invasion forces. (AP Photo)

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Concrete and girders half-buried a fire engine in Havana on April 14, 1961, as Cuba's largest store, El Elcanto, was destroyed, but crewmen escaped with only minor injuries. (AP Photo)

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Fidel Castro, fresh from a visit to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, poses in front of the Capitol today. The 32-year-old Cuban Prime Minister paid an unheralded visit to the Capitol April 17, 1959 and chatted with members of the committee. (AP Photo)

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Visitors throng the huge Soviet Pavilion at the Brussels World Fair on April 17, 1958 after the International Exhibition was officially opened by King Baudouin of the Belgians. At left is a statue of a Russian farm worker, and in background a large mural in Brilliant colors depicting a popular demonstration.” (AP Photo)

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Athens students displaying portraits of Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus and slogans declaring that Cyprus was, is and always will be Greek, demonstrate in the streets following the arrival of Archbishop Makarios on April 17, 1957. The Archbishop Makarios returning from thirteen months exile in Syechelles, declared in a speech after his arrival that the Cypriots would continue their struggle against Britain until their right to self determination had been achieved. (AP Photo)

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Montreal Canadian's players hoist their coach into the air after winning the Stanley Cup for the second year in succession in Montreal, Quebec on April 17, 1957. Left to right: Dickie Moore, left wing; Bernie Geoffrion, right wing; coach Hector “Toe” Blake; and Rocket Richard. (AP Photo)

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Rear Admiral John C. Daniel, USN (left Center) Prisoner of war negotiator, signs official document on agreement of exchanging sick and wounded pows at Panmanjom, Korea on April 17, 1953 seated across from Admiral Daniels and his UN staff officers are the North Korean negotiators. (AP Photo)

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The pillars are of the main Perystyle Hall at the entrance to the temple in Yemen, on April 17, 1952, first built in the 8th century B.C. The 30-foot limestone pillars of the temple said to be that of the Queen of Sheba near the ancient city of Mareb, Ma’rib which was unearthed by an expedition led by Doctor Wendell Phillips. The Governor of Mareb ordered that the base of the pillars should be excavated, which would have brought them down. Phillips begged that the temple should not be so destroyed and the governor changed his mind. (AP Photo)

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Army fliers, who bombed Tokyo six years ago, greet the man who led the famed raid -- Lt. James Doolittle, at a raider reunion in Minneapolis, April 17, 1948. Forty of the 61 survivors of the mission are attending. Left to right are; Lt. Fred Braemer, Seattle, Wash., Capt. George Barr, Ashland, Wis., Gen. Doolittle; Maj. Howard Sessler, Los Angeles and Sgt. R. C. Bougeois, New Orleans, La. (AP Photo)

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Army fliers, who bombed Tokyo six years ago, greet the man who led the famed raid -- Lt. James Doolittle, at a raider reunion in Minneapolis, April 17, 1948. Forty of the 61 survivors of the mission are attending. Left to right are; Lt. Fred Braemer, Seattle, Wash., Capt. George Barr, Ashland, Wis., Gen. Doolittle; Maj. Howard Sessler, Los Angeles and Sgt. R. C. Bougeois, New Orleans, La. (AP Photo)

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Col. Virgil L. Zoller, Harlingen, Texas, commander of the Fifth Air Force?s 3rd Bombardment Wing, was on hand to greet the returning crewmembers of the B-26 Invader light bomber which flew the 5000th night combat sortie, April 17, 1951. To celebrate the momentous event, someone provided a huge 150-pound cake from which crewmembers got first helpings. Shown above, Left to Right, are Col. Zoller, S/Sgt. Lyman M. Lassiter, gunner from Lenoir City, Tenn., Capt. Harry C. Torrey, pilot from Endicott, N.Y., 2nd Lt. John W. Smith, navigator from Atlanta, Ca., Lt. Col. Clayton C. Hill, Operations Officer from Corning, Calif. and Maj. Gus Weiser, a squadron commander from Carmel, Calif. (AP Photo)

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Col. Virgil L. Zoller, Harlingen, Texas, commander of the Fifth Air Force?s 3rd Bombardment Wing, was on hand to greet the returning crewmembers of the B-26 Invader light bomber which flew the 5000th night combat sortie, April 17, 1951. To celebrate the momentous event, someone provided a huge 150-pound cake from which crewmembers got first helpings. Shown above, Left to Right, are Col. Zoller, S/Sgt. Lyman M. Lassiter, gunner from Lenoir City, Tenn., Capt. Harry C. Torrey, pilot from Endicott, N.Y., 2nd Lt. John W. Smith, navigator from Atlanta, Ca., Lt. Col. Clayton C. Hill, Operations Officer from Corning, Calif. and Maj. Gus Weiser, a squadron commander from Carmel, Calif. (AP Photo)

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Japanese firefighters gather around to hear an interpreter explain the use of various kinds of nozzles in Tokyo on April 17, 1946. American fire-fighting equipment and its use was demonstrated to members of the Tokyo fire department by the 1225 Engineers who have taken over all of downtown Tokyo area in the interest of protecting America billets and warehouses. The Japanese equipment is inferior and antiquated, and the Japanese firefighters have not been trained in the use of modern equipment. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

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President Harry S. Truman speaks before a battery of microphones which carried his message to the armed forces, in which he said that the nation could not falter in the cause for which Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his life, in the White House, Washington, D.C., April 17, 1945. (AP Photo)

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On a German airfield overrun by the American First Army in the vicinity of Weissensee hundreds of brand new aero plane engines were found. Also on the field where many Nazi planes and gliders wrecked by Allied bombing attacks. A heap of aero plane engines round on the German airfield near Weissensee, Berlin, Germany on April 17, 1945. (AP Photo)

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Finnish soldiers advancing through a wood to attack the Russians, under the protection of a smoke screen April 17, 1942. (AP Photo)

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The new Halifax bomber now in service with the Royal Air Force is one of the most formidable machines of Bomber Command. It is a four engined all-metal midwing monoplane carrying a crew of seven and a defensive armament of eight heavy machine guns mounted in three power turrets. Men and women working on the middle wing of a Halifax, at a factory somewhere in England, on April 17, 1942. (AP Photo)

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These “bladeswomen” are making the final inspection of the finished product at a Curtiss-Wright propeller factory somewhere in New Jersey on April 17, 1942. Assisting in the production of war materials, girls are leaving normal occupations for factory work, relieving men eligible for the armed forces. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)

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With sirens screaming and whistles trilling, Chicago went through its first air raid test and most observers said the alert was a success. Test or not, Fluffy the dog just couldn't figure it out. He found haven under porch steps in Chicago, April 17, 1942. (AP Photo)

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Field Marshal Hermann Goering, Nazi Air Force chief has been on a holiday tour of Italy and North Africa. Whilst in Tripoli he was received by General Blabo, air-ace Italian governor, much of the military might which Italy has concentrated in the territory. The old camel corps and the new tanks, lorries and aircraft, troops of every type were paraded to impress the German visitor. The Lybian camel corps passing by in the parade before General Goering during the latter’s holiday tour of North Africa, on April 17, 1939. (AP Photo)

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Field Marshal Hermann Goering, Nazi Air Force chief has been on a holiday tour of Italy and North Africa. Whilst in Tripoli he was received by General Blabo, air-ace Italian governor, much of the military might which Italy has concentrated in the territory. The old camel corps and the new tanks, lorries and aircraft, troops of every type were paraded to impress the German visitor. The Lybian camel corps passing by in the parade before General Goering during the latter’s holiday tour of North Africa, on April 17, 1939. (AP Photo)

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Republicans on the balcony of a City Hall hoisting the Republican flag in Spain around April 17, 1931. (AP Photo)

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Colonel Theodore Roosevelt Jr., pictured speaking at his inauguration as the President of the National Republican Club in New York, April 17, 1934. Colonel Roosevelt, a distant cousin of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, denounced the "New Deal" as "Reactionary and Un-American", in a speech that accused the administration of violating constitutional liberties to an extraordinary Degree. Colonel Roosevelt is the son of the late President Theodore Roosevelt. (AP Photo)

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Apollo 13 astronauts Fred W. Haise, James A. Lovell and John L. Swigert, left to right, leave a helicopter to step aboard carrier Iwo Jima in the Pacific ocean after their successful recovery on Friday, April 17, 1970. (AP Photo)

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Apollo 13 astronauts Fred W. Haise, James A. Lovell and John L. Swigert, left to right, leave a helicopter to step aboard carrier Iwo Jima in the Pacific ocean after their successful recovery on Friday, April 17, 1970. (AP Photo)

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Virtuoso pianist Vladimir Horowitz takes a bow during the first intermission iin Carnegie Hall as he charmed the audience with his second performance in 13 years, April 17, 1966. The program was largely devoted to the works of Chopin. (AP Photo/John Lent)

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Cuban refugees pray for the success of the Bay of Pigs invasion at a rally in downtown Bayfront Park in Miami, Fla., April 19, 1961. The banner, showing support for U.S. position against Castro reads, "Cuba Si Russia No. With God and With Kennedy to Death." (AP Photo)

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French singer Sacha Distel, records with his quartet, April 17, 1959, at an altitude of 12,000 meters (36,000 feet) above sea level, flying in a Caravelle, recording the song "Ah Quelle Nuit" ("Oh what a night). (AP Photo)

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These are the ruins of the third Hopencho Catholic Church, built in 1610 following a fire that occurred during rioting in Bogota in reaction to the assassination of Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, April 17, 1948. (AP Photo/William J. Smith)

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American medics carry sick and wounded Communist prisoners from an LST (Landing, Ship, Tanks) at Pusan, Korea, April 17, 1953 after trip from Chejudo on first leg of their trip to repatriation at Panmunjom, starting April 20. (AP Photo)

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World famous Hollywood film star, Gregory Peck signs a contract in London, April 15, 1953 to make a new Technicolor picture, “The Million Pound Banknote” for the rank organization. Looking on is Mr. Earl St. John, Executive Producer of Pinewood Studios. Based on the story by Mark Twin, the picture starts production at Pinewood on April 17. (AP Photo)

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Major James M. Stewart, former Hollywood star, sits behind the wheel of a jeep and drives members of a Liberator Bomber crew to their waiting plane at a base in England on April 17, 1944. Major Stewart, who has flown 11 raids at the head of his squadron of 12 planes, has been promoted from Squadron Commander to Operations Officer and now directs operations of 48 ships. (AP Photo)

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This pictured mountain beauty lies in the Jackson Hole country of Wyoming seen here April 17, 1946. It was established as the Jackson Hole National Monument in a Proclamation issued by Franklin D. Roseevelt in 1943. (AP Photo)

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Two London firemen still playing their hose on to a burned out building, April 17, 1944, after toiling all night quenching fires started by the large-scale raid on the capital at night. (AP Photo)

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American President Franklin D. Roosevelt reviewing troops, stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina on April 17, 1941 and they include some of those called up for one year?s compulsory training. Those in the President?s car are, left to right, General H.D. Russell, Commander of the 30th U.S. Division, back to camera, President Roosevelt, Governor Burnet Maybank, and General W.E. Shedd, commander of the 1st U.S. Army Corps. (AP Photo)

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The scene in John Street, Adelphi, the historic little street between the Strand and the Thames on April 17, 1941, in Central London, after a Nazi air raid. (AP Photo)

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Czech pilots, serving with the Royal Air Force, are here seen dressing up on April 17,1941, prior to starting a flight over enemy territory, from their base somewhere in England. This is a somewhat prolonged operation as several layers of thick clothes are necessary to combat the severe cold of the higher atmosphere. (AP Photo)

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These Finnish children, evacuated from Karelian towns given to Russia in the Finnish-Russian peace pact in refugee headquarters at Helsinki on April 17, 1940. Some of the fiercest fighting of the war raged in the territory where they formerly lived. (AP Photo)

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A British scout scans the skies for enemy aircraft from his shelter somewhere along the front lines on the British front April 17, 1940. (AP Photo)

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Easter Sunday, thousands of Americans gathered at sunrise in the famous Hollywood Bowl. A natural theatre in wooded surroundings, the bowl has staged many events in its history, but has not drawn a greater crowd than the Easter Sunday service. More than 30,000 worshipers gathered, and hundreds were unable to gain admission. The Hollywood bowl showing the massed thousands at the service on April 17, 1938, in Los Angeles. The white cross in formed by 300 persons. (AP Photo)

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More than 200,000 persons in beautiful sunshine attended in the Piazza San Pietro to the benediction imparted by Pope Pius XI. The Pope being carried into St. Peter’s on a portable throne in Vatican City on April 17, 1938. (AP Photo)

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The Sultan of Trengganu, who is the ruling chief of Khairagarh, on arrival at Victoria Station, London on April 17, 1937. (AP Photo/Staff/Putnam)

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Seabiscuit (6) crosses the finish line as he wins the $10,000 Marchbank Handicap by three lengths over Grand Manitou and Sobriety at Tanforan in San Francisco, Ca., April 17, 1937. Seabiscuit ran the mile and one-eigth in 1:48 4/5. (AP Photo)

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Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York is seen as he leaves Chicago for St. Paul, April 17, 1932, where he is scheduled to give an important address to Minnesota democrats tomorrow. It will be his first public speech outside his home since his name was formally entered for the presidential nomination. Others are unidentified. (AP Photo)

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Ace Hudkins “Nebraska Wildcat,” welterweight scrapper on April 17, 1928. Location unknown. (AP Photo)

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Romania's King Michael, right, playing in a pond in the courtyard of the Royal Palace in Bucharest, April 17, 1928, with his friend Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia. (AP Photo)

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Film director Alfred Hitchcock, at right, with book in hand, rehearses a scene from "Blackmail," the first full length British "talkie," on April 17, 1929 at the Elstreo Studios in London. (AP Photo)

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