Events, April 17th

1492 – Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain to find a passage to Asia and the Indies.

1810 – Pineapple cheese was patented by Lewis M. Norton.

1875 – The game “snooker” was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.

1941 – Igor Sikorsky accomplished the first successful helicopter lift-off from water near Stratford, Connecticut.

1964 – The FBI lab reported that it could not determine the lyrics to “Louie Louie”.

1964 – The Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Mustang model. (Image: wikipedia.org)

1964 – Jerrie Mock became first woman to fly an airplane solo around the world.

1969 – In Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

1970 – Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on-board accident with an oxygen tank.

(Source: On-This-Day.com)

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