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1983Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs Rangers Rangers 7-Isles 6-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 2-1 lead Wayne Gretzky scores 7 points in one Stanley Cup playoff game

1939Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-Nazi pact

1976NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phils win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

1939Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

196133rd Academy Awards - "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor/actress

1945Benito Mussolini flees from Salò to Milan

1988Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic

1970Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released

1953Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Wash DC's Griffith Stadium

1997NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

1808Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships

1925NY Yankee Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery

1961Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend

1983Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

1982Proclamation of the Constitution Act by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

1951NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

1492Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies

1987Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points

April 17th Historical Events
Date Event
858
Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope 
1397
Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as when the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury starts. 
1492
Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies 
1524
Giovanni Verrazano, a Florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay 
1534
Sir Thomas More confined in London Tower 
1555
Siena surrenders for Spanish troops 
1596
Archduke Albrecht of Austria occupies Calais 
1629
1st commercial fishery established 
1704
1st successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell 
1711
Charles VI becomes Holy Roman Emperor after the death of his brother Joseph I 
1747
French troops occupy Zeeuws-Flanders, Netherlands 
1758
Francis Williams, 1st US black college graduate, publishes poems 
1793
Battle of Warsaw 
1797
Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions to Spanish territories in America. 
1808
Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships 
1817
1st US school for deaf (Hartford, Conn) 
1824
Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54° 40'N 
1839
Guatemala forms republic 
1853
Thorbecke government resigns 
1853
US Marine Hospital at Presidio (SF) forms 
1861
Indianola TX - "Star of West" taken by Confederacy 
1861
Virginia secedes from the Union (US Civil War) 
1863
R Grierson's: La Grange, TN to Baton Rouge, LA 
1864
Battle of Plymouth, NC 
1864
Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia 
1864
Grant suspends prisoner-of-war exchanges 
1865
Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination 
1869
1st pro baseball games-Cin Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15 
1875
Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain 
1892
1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1 
1895
Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95) 
1900
7 high chiefs of American Samoa sign Instrument of Cession 
1905
US Supreme court judges maximum work day unconstitutional 
1905
The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York which held that the "right to free contract" was implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. 
1907
Ellis Island, NY-11,745 immigrants arrive 
1912
1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson's "Ragging The Baby To Sleep") 
1920
American Professional Football Association forms (NFL) 
1923
Longest NL opening game, Phillies & Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14 
1924
Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures & Louis B Mayer Co merged to form MGM 
1925
NY Yankee Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery 
1925
Paul Painlevé follows Edouard Herriot on as French premier 
1927
Japan's Wakarsoeki government falls/Baron Tanaka becomes premier 
1930
Abkhazian ASSR forms in Georgian SSR 
1930
DuPont scientist Elmer K. Bolton invents neoprene using Julius Nieuwland's divinyl acetylene 
1932
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery 
1933
Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating NY Giants 23-21 
1934
New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5 
1935
Provincial-National elections (Musserts NSB achieves 7.9%/44 chairs) 
1937
Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig, debut 
1939
Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title 
1939
SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" premieres in NYC 
1939
Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-Nazi pact 
1941
British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis 
1941
Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing) 
1941
World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany. 
1942
12 Lancasters bomb MAN factory in Augsburg 
1942
Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp 
1942
POW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein. 
1943
Admiral Yamamoto flies from Truk to Rabaul 
1943
SS-lt-general Jurgen Stoop arrives in Warsaw 
1945
8th Air Force bombs Dresden 
1945
German occupiers flood Wieringermeer Neth 
1945
Benito Mussolini flees from Salò to Milan 
1945
US troops lands in Mindanao 
1946
Syria declares independence from French administration 
1947
Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit 
1948
Elpidio Quirino assumed the presidency, taking his oath of office two days after the death of President Manuel Roxas 
1951
NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4 
1953
Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Wash DC's Griffith Stadium 
1955
Betty Jameson wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open 
1956
Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns 
1956
Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain 
1956
USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves 
1956
Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament 
1958
Brussells (Belgium) World Fair opens 
1960
American Samoa sets up a constitutional government 
1960
Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn 
1961
1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Castro 
1961
33rd Academy Awards - "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor/actress 
1961
Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend 
1964
"Cafe Crown" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 3 performances 
1964
"High Spirits" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 375 performances 
1964
1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3 
1964
Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2,368 base) 
1964
Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world 
1966
100th international soccer match between Netherlands-Belgium (3-1) 
1966
Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational 
1967
Shortwave Radio NY Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off 
1967
Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20 
1968
"Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 perfs 
1968
A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles 
1969
People's Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin becomes the youngest woman Member of Parliament ever elected to Westminster at 21 years old 
1969
Alexander Dubček forced to resign as first secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party 
1969
Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0 
1969
Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy 
1969
The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert 
1970
Apollo 13 limps back safely, Beech-built oxygen tank no help 
1970
Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released 
1971
Egypt, Libya & Syria form federation (FAR) 
1971
People's Republic Bangladesh forms, under sheik Mujib ur-Rahman 
1972
1st Boston Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik of NY in 3:10:26 
1972
76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39 
1972
Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed 
1972
Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats 
1973
2nd Boston Women's Marathon won by Jacqueline Hansen of CA in 3:05:59 
1973
77th Boston Marathon won by Jon Anderson of Oreg in 2:16:03 
1973
German counter-terrorist unit GSG 9 founded. 
1974
Bundy victim Susan Rancourt disappears from CWU, Ellensburg, WA 
1974
Moslem fundamentalists assault military academy in Heliopolis Egypt 
1975
Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea Natl Day) 
1975
Penguins 6-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-0 lead 
1976
NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phils win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs 
1977
"I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances 
1977
Christian-democrats win Belgium parliamentary election 
1977
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament 
1978
63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record) 
1978
7th Boston Women's Marathon won by Gayle Barron of Ga in 2:44:52 
1978
82nd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:10:13 
1978
Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden" 
1979
Brian Clark's "Whose Life is it Anyway?" premieres in London 
1979
Four Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb in Bessbrook, County Armagh; the bomb is believed to be the largest PIRA bomb used up to that point 
1981
Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers 
1981
Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot 
1982
Canada adopts its constitution 
1982
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1982
Proclamation of the Constitution Act by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau 
1983
1st National Coin Week begins 
1983
Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29) 
1983
In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters 
1983
India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket 
1983
Lynn Adams wins LPGA Combanks Orlando Golf Classic 
1983
Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter 
1983
Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs Rangers Rangers 7-Isles 6-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 2-1 lead Wayne Gretzky scores 7 points in one Stanley Cup playoff game 
1984
Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage 
1984
During Libyan Embassy demonstration in London, British police officer Yvonne Fletcher shot dead 
1986
IBM produces 1st megabit-chip 
1986
Netherlands & Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651) 
1986
Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove" 
1987
Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points 
1987
Richard Wilbur appointed as US poet laureate 
1987
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1988
Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50) 
1988
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic 
1989
18th Boston Women's Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33 
1989
93rd Boston Marathon won by Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia in 2:09:06 
1989
Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week 
1989
Polish labor union granted legal status 
1989
Soviet-US agreement allows Soviets to fight US pros 
1990
Gas explosion on passenger train in Kumrahar India, 80 die 
1991
Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46) 
1991
Railroad workers go on strike in US 
1993
Police officers found guilty of violating Rodney Kings civil rights 
1993
STS-56 (Discovery) lands 
1994
"Little More Magic" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 30 perfs 
1994
"Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 72 perfs 
1994
55th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino wins 
1994
Aruba government of Oduber falls 
1994
Val Skinner wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship 
1995
24th Boston Women's Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:25:11 
1995
99th Boston Marathon won by Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya in 2:09:22 
1997
John Bell, 115, recieves new pacemaker 
1997
NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game 
2001
A letter between Gale Norton and Jeb Bush is released, stating that the Bush administration has decided to go ahead with plans to auction 6 million acres of potentially oil-and-gas-rich seabed in the Gulf of Mexico 
2002
Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War. 
2012
The St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds 
2013
5 people are killed in Wana, Pakistan, by a United States drone attack 
2013
15 people are killed and 100 are injured after a fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas 
2013
North Korea blocks a South Korean supply delegation from the Kaesong joint industrial zone 
2013
Same-sex marriage is legalized in New Zealand 
2014
Abdelaziz Bouteflika wins a fourth term as President of Algeria 
2016
Peru reports first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus 
2016
Strong 7.8 earthquake hits off coast of Ecuador 
2016
Congress to vote on impeaching Rousseff in divided Brazil 
2016
Greek Coast Guard Says Merchant Vessel Rescues 41 Migrants 
2017
China's Economy Grows 6.9%, Continuing Its Steady Rise 
2017
Arkansas fights on multiple legal fronts to begin executions 
2017
Vice President Mike Pence makes surprise visit to Korean Demilitarized Zone 
2017
Manhunt underway in Cleveland for suspect who broadcast killing on Facebook: Police 
2017
US Vice President Pence visits DMZ amid high tensions with North Korea 
2017
Doctor Who's sonic screwdriver added to Oxford Dictionary 
2017
More Than 100 Die In Suicide Attack On Syrian Evacuees 
2017
Protesters Call For Release Of Trump's Taxes 
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