Today is Saturday, April 17, the 108th day of 2004. There are 258 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 17, 1964, Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York World's Fair.
On this date:
In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings.
In 1524, Giovanni da Verrazzano reached present-day New York harbor.
In 1790, American statesman Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia at age 84.
In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.
In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany in World War II.
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, Jerrie Mock of Columbus, Ohio, became the first woman to complete a solo airplane flight around the world.
In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
In 1969, Czechoslovak Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek was deposed.
In 1970, the astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft.
Ten years ago: Bosnian Serb tanks entered the Muslim enclave of Gorazde; the UN Security Council issued a nonbinding statement that condemned the Serbs' escalating military activities, but made no threat of force to back its condemnation.
Five years ago: General Wesley Clark, NATO's commander, bluntly told Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to change his policies in Kosovo or see his military machine destroyed. The first of three bombs to explode in London within a two-week period went off in Brixton, a racially mixed neighborhood, injuring 39 people.
One year ago: U.S. special forces in Baghdad captured Barzan Ibrahim Hasan, a half-brother of and adviser to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The U.S. government awarded Bechtel Corporation a major contract for helping rebuild Iraq's power, water and sewage systems. Diet doctor Robert C. Atkins died in New York at age 72. Songwriter Earl King died in New Orleans at age 69. Sir J. Paul Getty Jr., the reclusive third son of American oilman J. Paul Getty, died in London at age 70.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Lon McCallister is 81. Rock promoter Don Kirshner is 70. Composer-musician Jan Hammer is 56. Actress Olivia Hussey is 53. Rock singer-musician Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) is 49. Actress Teri Austin is 45. Actor Sean Bean is 45. Rock singer Maynard James Keenan (Tool) is 40. Actress Lela Rochon is 40. Singer Liz Phair is 37. Actress Jennifer Garner ("Alias") is 32. Singer Victoria Adams Beckham is 30. Actress-singer Lindsay Korman is 26. Actor Paulie Litt ("Hope and Faith") is nine.
Thought for Today: "A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future." - Sydney J. Harris, American journalist (1917-1986).