What Happened on April 17

Significant Events

  • 1387 Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" characters begin their pilgrimage to Canterbury (according to scholars)
  • 1492 Christopher Columbus signs a contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the "Indies" with the stated goal of converting people to Catholicism. This promises him 10% of all riches found, and the governorship of any lands encountered
  • 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki is signed ending the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
  • 1961 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro
  • 1982 Proclamation of the Constitution Act by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
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Did You Know?

St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book (8th century), purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds

On April 17, 2012

Would You Believe?

Modern Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India

On April 17, 1875

Famous Weddings

  • 1929 Baseball great Babe Ruth (34) marries 2nd wife Claire Merritt Hodgson (31)
  • 1941 Actress Doris Day (19) weds trombonist Albert Jorden
  • 1943 Actress Claire Trevor (34) weds Navy lieutenant Cyclos William Dunsmoore in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 1993 "The Bangles" lead singer Susanna Hoffs (34) weds "Austin Powers" director Jay Roach (35)
  • 1994 Jennie Garth weds Dan Clark
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