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On April the 17th
Israeli forces fire a missile at the car of Hamas leader, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, resulting in his death.
Shots fired from inside the Libyan embassy in London, struck and killed policewoman, Yvonne Fletcher. The embassy was besieged for 11 days by British police, before an agreement was reached under which all Libyan diplomats were expelled and all diplomatic ties severed between Libya and the united kingdom.
Formula one driver, Ricardo Patrese, was born in Padua, Veneto. He participated in a record breaking 256 grand prix before retiring in 1993.
American actress, Jennifer Garner, was born in Houston, Texas. She is best known for portraying the lead character in the hit television series, Alias.
Cuban anti-Castro refugees land at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the intention of deposing Fidel Castro. The invasion was planed and supported by the CIA, still it was a total disaster.
English actor, Sean Bean, was born in Shefield, England. Though he has been acting for many years, he became famous worldwide after his role in the first part of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, as the character Boromir.
The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany, during the course of the 2nd World War.
First ever appearance of Warner Brother's Daffy Duck in the animated clip "Porky's Duck Hunt".
Movie studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, was formed after the merging of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis Mayer Company.
Soviet politician, Nikita Khrushchev, was born in Kursk. He served as Premier of the Soviet Union between 1958 and 1964 when he was removed from office and placed under house arrest for the remainder seven years of his life. (d. 1971)
English mathematician, Thomas Bayes, died at the age of 59. His work on probability theory still influences probability related programs to this day. Search engine giant Google, for instance, employees the principles of Bayes to produce the most probable result sets.
Italian explorer, Giovanni da Verrazano, became the first European to sail into what is today known as the New York harbour.
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