On this day: April 11

POSTED: 01:27 PM PDT Apr 08, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 10, 2016 

Napoleon abdicates, Bob Dylan makes his professional debut, the Apple I is created, Idi Amin is deposed, and Halley's Comet does a cosmic drive-by of the Earth, all on this day.

OTD April 11 - Apollo 13
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1970: Apollo 13 is launched. The lunar landing mission was aborted two days later when an oxygen tank exploded, crippling the service module. Fighting hardships caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of water and the need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise were able to return Apollo 13 safely to Earth on April 17.


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