April 17 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1870 - Ray Stannard Baker, Writer (Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters, and Following the Color Line
1882 - Artur Schnabel, Austrian Classical Pianist (also teacher and composer)
1885 - Karen Blixen (pseudonym, Isak Dinesen), Writer
1894 - Nikita Khrushchev, Leader of the Soviet Union
1903 - Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian-born American Cellist
1918 - William Holden, Actor, Academy Award for Best Actor, Stalag 17.
1929 - James Last, Composer
1957 - Nick Hornby, Writer
1985 - Rooney Mara, Actress

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Listen and enjoy pianist Artur Schnabel's beautiful interpretation of Wolfgang A. Mozart's Rondo in A minor, K. 511.

Historical Events

1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer tells his Canterbury Tales in the court of King Richard II.

1865 - Mary Surratt is arrested for her part in conspiring to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. In July, she becomes the first woman executed by the U.S. Government. 

1924 - MGM Studios is born from a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Pictures.

1961 - "The Bay of Pigs" invasion, in which CIA-trained Cuban refugees land in Cuba from the US with the purpose of ousting Fidel Castro. It was a failure.

1964 - The first Ford Mustang is unveiled at the World's Fair in New York. It is considered the most successful automotive launch in history and the vehicle is still one of the most popular muscle cars of all time.

1970 - The aborted Apollo 13 lunar module returns to Earth safely, touching down in the Pacific Ocean.

1975 -  Cambodia falls to the Khmer Rouge during the Vietnam War.

Video Credit:
Artur Schabel plays Mozart Rondo in A minor, K.511. YouTube, uploaded by xper2xper.  Accessed April 17, 20017.


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