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Today In History - April 17
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin

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Today in History in 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II; in  1492 Columbus signed contract with Spain to find Indies; and in 1790 U.S. founding father, inventor and writer Benjamin Franklin died at age 84.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1864 - Battle of Plymouth, NC
  • 1864 - Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1895 - Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
  • 1947 - Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
  • 1961 - Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend
  • 1982 - Canada adopts its constitution
  • 1983 - Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter
  • 1986 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove"
  • 1987 - Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points
  • 2012 - The St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1620 - Marguerite Bourgeoys, Troyes France, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (first Canadian saint)
  • 1816 - Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder (d. 1876)
  • 1837 - J. P. Morgan, Hartford, Connecticut, American banker/CEO (US Steel Corporation)
  • 1923 - Harry Reasoner, Dakota City Iowa, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS)
  • 1934 - Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer (invented bubblegum music)
  • 1937 - Daffy Duck, animated character
  • 1972 - Jennifer Garner [Affleck], American actress (Sydney Bristow-Alias), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1974 - Victoria Beckham [Adams], Harlow, Essex, English singer (Posh Spice-Spice Girls)

Famous Weddings

  • 1929 - Baseball great Babe Ruth (34) marries 2nd wife Claire Merritt Hodgson (31)
  • 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
  • 2009 - World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • 1790 - Benjamin Franklin, US, US Founding Father, inventor ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), dies at 84
  • 1892 - Alexander Mackenzie, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1998 - Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney (b. 1941)
  • 2003 - Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)
  • 2003 - Paul Getty, American-born philanthropist (b. 1932)
  • 2007 - Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality (b. 1910)
  • 2014 - Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), dies of pneumonia at 87

To see more events, birthdays and deaths listed at Today in History from Click on EXTRAS at the top of the Lincoln Herald home page then click Today in History.


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