A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on April 17th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On April 17, 1897, a UFO hit a windmill and crashed, killing its pilot!
On April 17, 1905, the US Supreme Court dealt a blow to Progressives that were mobilizing across the United States to reform business practices, government, and a myriad of social and cultural institutions.
On April 17, 1964, Ford rolled out the Mustang, introducing a new class of sporty car to the world!
On April 17, 1970, the crew of Apollo 13 managed to land safely in the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles from the recovery ship.
On April 17, 2014, the Kepler space telescope operated by NASA confirmed the existence of Kepler-186f, the first discovery of a planet of equivalent size to Earth within the “habitable zone” of another solar system.
On April 17, 2015, Universal Pictures released Unfriended (previously known as Cybernatural and before that as Offline) to theaters in the United States of America.
On April 17, 2018, we celebrated National Haiku Day, the day that the traditional Japanese form of poetry is celebrated.
On April 17, 2018, the Nation and the media were abuzz with the story of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, a Boeing 737 (the most popular jetliner in the world) that suffered a catastrophic engine failure resulting in a piece of the Port side engine breaking a window and causing a hapless female passenger to get sucked halfway out of the plane.
On April 17, 2018, the United States mourns the loss of former First Lady of the United States and mother of the 43rd President, Barbara (née Pierce) Bush, who died surrounded by family in Houston, Texas at the age of 92.
On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, comedy crime film fans of John Carroll University had their chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Super Troopers 2 at 7:00 PM at Cinemark At Valley View and XD in Valley View, Ohio!
On April 17, 2019, the nation celebrated National Cheese Ball Day, or at least we should have.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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