This Day in History: April 17

In 1781, French political and military figure Marquis de Lafayette and his troops camped at Elkridge Landing during the American Revolutionary War. The major general then traveled to Virginia, where he would join with George Washington to defeat Cornwallis at Yorktown. Above, historian Lou LeConte stands in front of the historical marker in Elkridge. (Susan Whitney, Baltimore Sun photo, 2001)

1492: Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella agreed to finance Christopher Columbus’ voyage to seek out a westward ocean passage to Asia.

1964: Ford Motor Co. introduced the Mustang.

1982: Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed a new constitution for Canada, giving that nation independence from Britain.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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