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Friday April 17, 2015


  • 107th Day of 2015 258 Remaining
  • Summer Begins in 65 Days
  • Sunrise:6:30
  • Sunset:7:47
  • 13 Hours 17 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:5:53am
  • Moon Set:6:53pm
  • Phase:1%
  • Full Moon May 3 @ 8:44pm

Full Flower Moon In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

  • Tides
  • High:10:41am/10:47pm
  • Low:4:22am/4:27pm
  • Holidays
  • Ford Mustang Day
  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah, Blah, Blah Day
  • Ellis Island Family History Day
  • National Cheeseball Day
  • National Haiku Poetry Day
  • DNA Day
  • Day Of Silence
  • World Hemophilia Day
  • Independence Day-Cambodia
  • Independence Day-Syria
  • On This Day
  • 1521 --- Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings.
  • 1704 --- John Campbell published what would eventually become the first successful American newspaper. It was known as the Boston "News-Letter."
  • 1810 --- Lewis Mills Norton of Goshen, Connecticut was issued the first U.S. patent for ‘pineapple cheese’.
  • 1815 --- Heavy eruptions of the Tambora volcano in Indonesia are letting up. The volcano, which began rumbling on April 5, killed almost 100,000 people directly and indirectly. The eruption was the largest ever recorded and its effects were noted throughout the world.
  • 1860 --- New Yorkers learned of a new law that required fire escapes to be provided for tenement houses.
  • 1937 --- Daffy Duck makes his debut appearance in 'Porky's Duck Hunt’.
  • 1958 --- The Brussels World's Fair, Expo 58 (Universal and International Exhibition) opened in Belgium (closed Oct 19, 1958).  The overall theme was "A World View, A New Humanism."  It was the first major world's fair after World War II.
  • 1961 --- 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.
  • 1964 --- The Ford Mustang, a two-seat, mid-engine sports car, is officially unveiled by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, on April 17, 1964. That same day, the new car also debuted in Ford showrooms across America and almost 22,000 Mustangs were immediately snapped up by buyers. Ford sold more than 400,000 Mustangs within its first year of production, far exceeding sales expectations. The first models carried a starting price tag of around $2,300.
  • 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, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. 
  • 1969 --- Alexander Dubcek, the communist leader who launched a broad program of liberal reforms in Czechoslovakia, is forced to resign as first secretary by the Soviet forces occupying his country. The staunchly pro-Soviet Gustav Husak was appointed Czechoslovak leader in his place, reestablishing an authoritarian communist dictatorship in the Soviet satellite.
  • 1970 --- Johnny Cash performed at the White House at the invitation of President Richard M. Nixon. He played "A Boy Named Sue." 
  • 1970 --- With the world anxiously watching, Apollo 13, a U.S. lunar spacecraft that suffered a severe malfunction on its journey to the moon, safely returns to Earth. Two days into the mission, disaster struck 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blew up in the spacecraft.Swigert reported to mission control on Earth, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and it was discovered that the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light, and water had been disrupted. The landing mission was aborted, and the astronauts and controllers on Earth scrambled to come up with emergency procedures. The crippled spacecraft continued to the moon, circled it, and began a long, cold journey back to Earth. The astronauts and mission control were faced with enormous logistical problems in stabilizing the spacecraft and its air supply, as well as providing enough energy to the damaged fuel cells to allow successful reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. Navigation was another problem, and Apollo 13‘s course was repeatedly corrected with dramatic and untested maneuvers. On April 17, tragedy turned to triumph as the Apollo 13 astronauts touched down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1975 --- The Khmer Rouge troops capture Phnom Penh and government forces surrender. The war between government troops and the communist insurgents had been raging since March 1970, when Lt. Gen. Lon Nol had ousted Prince Norodom Sihanouk in a bloodless coup and proclaimed the establishment of the Khmer Republic.
  • 1976 --- Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies hits four consecutive home runs in a game against the Chicago Cubs. Schmidt was only the fourth player in the history of Major League Baseball to accomplish this feat.
  • 1980 --- Bob Marley and the Wailers performed as the official guests of State at Zimbabwe's Independence festival. 
  • 1983 --- In Warsaw, police routed 1,000 Solidarity supporters. 
  • 1984 --- In London, demonstrators outside the Libyan Embassy were fired upon from someone inside. Eleven people were injured and an English Police woman was killed.
  • 2001 --- Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 500th career home run, becoming the 17th major leaguer to reach the mark.
  • Birthdays
  • Sirimavo Bandaraniake
  • Nikita Krushchev
  • JP Morgan
  • Artur Schnabel
  • Isak Dinesen
  • Thornton Wilder
  • Harry Reasoner
  • Don Kirshner
  • Olivia Hussey
  • Liz Phair
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Victoria Beckham