THIS DATE IN HISTORY: APRIL 17In 1790,...

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: APRIL 17

In 1790, American statesman, author and inventor Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia at 84.

In 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.

In 1964, Ford Motor Co. unveiled its Mustang model.

In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (Sirhan's death sentence was reduced to life in prison after California's death penalty was overturned.)

FIVE YEARS AGO: The Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, civil rights activist and top aide to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died in Atlanta at 64.

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