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Today in History: Friday, April  17, 2015
AP Highlight in History: 
On April 17, 1970, the astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft.
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On this date in:
1521 Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings.
1790 American statesman Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia at age 84.
1861 The Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.
1951 Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
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1961 About 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched an invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the southwestern coast of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
Audio Link President John F. Kennedy
1964 The Ford Motor Co. unveiled the Mustang.
1973 FedEx, then known as Federal Express, began operations.
1975 Phnom Penh fell to Communist insurgents, ending Cambodia's five-year civil war.
1996 A Los Angeles jury recommended that Lyle and Erik Menendez serve life in prison without parole for killing their wealthy parents.
2001 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 500th career home run, becoming the 17th major leaguer to reach the mark.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Jennifer Garner ("Alias") turns 43 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Jan Hammer Composer, musician 67
William Mapother Actor ("Lost") 50
Henry Ian Cusick Actor ("Scandal," "Lost") 48
Liz Phair Rock singer 48
Redman Rapper, actor 45
Singer Victoria Beckham (Spice Girls) turns 41 years old today.
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