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APRIL 17

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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1492 Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella Commission Columbus to Seek a Westward Passage to Asia Queen Isabella Christopher Columbus North American Explorers Naval History Concordia
1524 Italian Explorer Giovanni da Verrazano, Sailing in the Service of France, Is the First European to Reach Present-Day New York Harbor France Giovanni da Verrazano New York City North American Explorers Naval History Historic Firsts New York Times
1610 Henry Hudson Sails from England for His Fourth Voyage on Which He Will Discover Hudson's Bay Great Britain Canada Naval History History Channel
1640 Sweden's Reorus Torkillus Is the First Lutheran Pastor to Arrive in North America Swedish Political and Social Leaders Lutheranism Historic Firsts Concordia
1802 Detroit Levies Its First City Tax of 25 Cents per Adult to Raise $150 Detroit, Michigan Government Taxes Historic Firsts Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1822 William Pope Duval Is Commissioned as Florida's First Territorial Governor by President James Monroe Florida President James Monroe Historic Firsts Florida Historical Association
1833 The American Premiere of Mozart's Opera "The Magic Flute" Is Performed at the Park Theatre in New York City Wolfgang Mozart New York City Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1856 The Minnesota Pioneer Guard, the State's First Volunteer Military Company, Is Organized in St. Paul St. Paul, Minnesota U.S. Military Figures Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1889 First Distant Earthquake Recording Is Made in Germany of an Earthquake in Japan German Mathematicians and Scientists Japan Earthquakes Historic Firsts USGS
1905 Washington State Highway Board Meets for the First Time Washington State Government Automotives Historic Firsts History Link
1930 Herberta Leonardy Is the First Florida Woman Admitted to Practice Before the U.S. Supreme Court Florida Women U.S. Supreme Court Historic Firsts Florida Historical Association
1937 Daffy Duck Debuts in Porky's Duck Hunt Daffy Duck Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database
1964 Columbus, Ohio's Jerrie Mock Is First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World Columbus, Ohio Aviation American Women Explorers Historic Firsts New York Times
1967 U.S. Launches Surveyor 3 for Soft Lunar Landing Space Exploration The Moon NASA
1970 Apollo 13 Returns Safely to Earth NASA Apollo 13 History Channel
1972 Women Are Officially Included in the Boston Marathon for the First Time Boston, Massachusetts Distance Running Women Historic Firsts New York Times
1976 Helios 2 Satellite Approaches within 28M Miles of the Sun Space Exploration The Sun NASA
1983 India SLV-3 Rocket Places Experimental Research Satellite into Orbit India Space Exploration Bar Ilan University
1991 Dow Industrial Average Closes Above 3,000 for the First Time Markets & Investments Historic Firsts New York Times
1998 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-90) Neurolab with 2000 Animals Aboard Space Shuttle Animals NASA

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