April 17 in History

April 17 in Pop Culture History

April 17th is…
Bat Appreciation Day
Blah, Blah, Blah Day
Cheeseball Day
Crawfish Day
Ellis Island Family History Day
Ford Mustang Day
Haiku Poetry Day
Kickball Day
Nothing Like A Dame Day
Patriots’ Day
World Hemophilia Day

1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer told The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.

1815 (Volcano) Tambora volcano in Indonesia killed almost 100,000 people.

1861 – The first oil well fire occurred at the Little and Merrick well at Oil Creek, near Rouseville, Pennsylvania, killing 19 people.

1897 – A UFO supposedly crashed into a farm owned by J.S. Proctor in Aurora, Texas.

1906 – San Francisco was hit by a disastrous earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.8.

1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center in New York processed 11,747 people, more than on any other day.

1937 – Daffy Duck’s first appearance was in Porky’s Duck Hunt.

1960 – Singer Eddie Cochran died, and Gene Vincent was injured in a UK car accident.

1961 – The unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion began.

1964 – Geraldine ‘Jerrie’ Mock landed in Columbus, Ohio, becoming the first woman to complete a solo airplane flight around the world.

1964 – The Ford Mustang as introduced to the North American market.

1966 – Policemen Dale Spaur and Wilbur Neff reported chasing a UFO at 5:00 AM in Portage County, Ohio.

1971 – #1 Hit April 17, 1971 – May 28, 1971: Three Dog Night – Joy to the World

1973 (Tornado) Balurchar, Bangladesh

1979 – The worst attended MLB game occurred in Oakland on 4/17/1979 – Only 250 people showed up.

1987 – Project X was released in theaters.

2011 – Game of Thrones premiered on HBO

2014 – NASA’s Kepler confirmed the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.

2015 – Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended debuted in theaters.

#1 Hit April 17, 2021 – April 23, 2021: Leave the Door Open – Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak)

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