It's history yesterday!
Welcome to It's History! For yesterday, Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
1964 - U.S.A. Ford Mustang Unveiled
The Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York World's Fair on This Day
1964. The Mustang was championed by Ford Division general manager Lee Iacocca, with a
suggested retail price of $2,368. The car was a great success and sold over one million cars
in its first 18 months.
1927 - Airship Race From New York to
An airship race scheduled today from New York to Paris has been forced to reschedule due to
injuries and problems with an engine on one of the airships.
1932 - U.S.A. Lynching
A mob of western Kansas Farmers today went back to old fashioned justice when they lynched a
man who admitted killing an 8 year old girl by overpowering the sheriff and hanging the man
from a tree in Kansas.
1940 - U.S.A. World War II
Anglo-French purchasing mission announced the purchase of huge quantities of the latest
aircraft including Douglas Bombers and Curtiss Pursuit Ships from American Companies.
1950 - Soviet Union Shoot Down US Plane
America accuses the Reds of shooting down a US Plane over the Baltic Sea in an unprovoked
1951 - England Submarine Lost
The crew of the British submarine "Affray" is feared dead after going missing off the south
coast of England. Two months later, the Affray was found in 300 ft of water 46 miles south
1961 - Cuba Bay of Pigs
A group of 1,500 Cuban exiles supported by the US government invaded the Bay of Pigs on the
southern coast of Cuba in an attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. The
invasion failed miserably and by April 21st all had been killed or captured. One year
earlier the CIA had recommended to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Administration to recruit,
support, equip and train Cuban exiles for action against the new government of Fidel Castro.
Following the change to the new U.S. President John F. Kennedy in February who was also
advised the operation would be a success, the operation was continued. Cuba was tipped off
by senior KGB agents and intelligence forces arrested more than 100,000 Cubans who they
suspected would be allies of the expected invading force, ensuring that the invading forces
would be cut off from support.
1962 - Worldwide Oral Polio Vaccine
Around the world after the approval by Governments of the Oral Polio Vaccine developed by
Albert Sabin. Schools, Health Clinics and Doctors were preparing to administer the Polio
Vaccine to children who had not received the injected Salk vaccine . Polio had been
increasing at an alarming rate prior to the development of the Salk vaccine and in 1952
alone over 58,000 cases of Polio occurred in the United States.
1969 - U.S.A. Robert Kennedy Assassin
The assassin of Robert Kennedy Sirhan B. Sirhan was found guilty of first degree murder for
assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the brother of slain President John F. Kennedy.
1969 - Northern Ireland Bernadette Devlin
Bernadette Devlin, becomes Britain's youngest ever female MP and the third youngest MP ever.
1970 - U.S.A. Apollo 13
Apollo 13, the U.S. lunar spacecraft that suffered oxygen tank No. 2 blowing up in the
spacecraft on its journey to the moon, safely returns to Earth landing in the Pacific Ocean.
1973 - Egypt Syria / Israel War
Egypt has warned it may get involved in the Syria Israel War and warned it may fight
alongside the Syrians if the Golan Heights becomes threatened.
1984 - UK WPC Yvonne Fletcher
WPC Yvonne Fletcher a London police officer is shot and killed while helping control a small
demonstration outside the Libyan People's Bureau Embassy in central London. The police can
not enter The Libyan building as it has diplomatic immunity but the building is surrounded
by armed police officers. Meanwhile Libyan soldiers have now surrounded Britain's embassy in
Tripoli trapping the 18 diplomats inside. Following the breakdown of diplomatic relations
between the two countries British Diplomats leave Libya and the Libyan diplomats leave
England including the person who had killed Yvonne Fletcher. Diplomatic relations with Libya
are restored after 15 years in 1999 after the Libyan Government admitted it bore "general
responsibility" for WPC Fletcher's death. ( It is also believed that when the killer
returned to Libya he was immediately executed but this can not be confirmed ).
1985 - U.S.A. Organ Donation
The US Government has announced a campaign to increase awareness of Organ Donation hoping to
make the donation of organs as widespread as the giving of blood this follows similar
campaigns from other countries around the world as organ transplants become more common.
1986 - Lebanon John McCarthy
John McCarthy, a British TV journalist, is abducted on his way to the airport in the
war-torn capital of Lebanon, Beirut. On August 8th 1991 having spent more than five years
held captive by militant group Islamic Jihad, John McCarthy is released making him Britain's
longest-held hostage in Lebanon.
1991 - U.S.A. Dow Jones
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 3,000 for the first time.
1993 - U.S.A. Rodney King Beating
Two former police officers are convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles of violating the
civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King.
1999 - England Nail Bomb
A nail bomb outside a busy supermarket in Brixton, south London, has injured dozens. This
was the fist in a series of bombs planted by a right-wing extremist David Copeland, 22, who
was captured after a nail bomb in a central London pub killed three people.
2006 - Israel Suicide Bomber
A Palestinian suicide bomber strikes a Tel Aviv restaurant during Passover, killing nine
2007 - World A new Tolkien book released
The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien has been released in North America and Europe. The
book has been developed by Christopher Tolkien over twelve years, and is taken from the
unfinished material written by his father. It includes new color plates and black and white
illustrations. Houghton Mifflin has acquired U.S. rights to publish the book, which is
Tolkien's first work since 1977's posthumous Silmarillion. HarperCollins U.K. had acquired
the project from The Tolkien Estate in a world rights deal. The Children of Húrin was
started in 1918.
2010 - George Washington Library Fee
George Washington is said to have racked up $300,000 in late fees for failing to return two
books to a Manhattan library. The first President had borrowed them from the New York
Society Library on E. 79th St. in 1789 and never returned them. "We're not actively pursuing
the overdue fines," the head librarian said. "But we would be very happy if we were able to
get the books back." Washington's deed had gone unnoticed for almost 150 years, and only
discovered in 1934, when an old and dusty ledger was discovered in the library's basement.
- Suicide Bombers Attack Kacha Pukha Camp
Suicide Bombers Attack Kacha Pukha camp a center for those displaced
during the war, leaves 50 dead and many more injured the suicide bombers were members of the
Sunni militant organisation, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
2012 - Tokyo Governor to Buy Disputed
Shintaro Ishihara, the governor of Tokyo, has stated that he plans to use public funds to
buy a group of disputed islands. The Senkaku islands are also claimed by China and Taiwan
and are rich in resources. A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that any action
by Japan to buy the islands would be "illegal and invalid" as China had "indisputable
sovereignty" over them.
2013 - Gay Marriage Legalized in New
New Zealand's parliament voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in the country, the
first in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. Same-sex civil unions had already been legal in
the country since 2005.
2013 - Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion
A huge explosion of ammonium nitrate occurred at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas near
Waco, killing at least fifteen people and injuring another one-hundred and sixty people.
Over one-hundred buildings were damaged or destroyed.
2014 - Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies
Gabriel Garcia Marquez a Spanish-language author from Colombia died at the age of 87 in
Mexico. Marquez had won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 and had penned such famous
novels as "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera."