On this day: April 17

POSTED: 10:43 AM PDT Apr 15, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 16, 2016 

Benjamin Franklin dies, Daffy Duck makes his debut, the Bay of Pigs invasion begins, the ill-fated Apollo 13 returns to Earth, and two Los Angeles police officers are convicted in the Rodney King beating, all on this day.

OTD April 17 - Rodney King
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1993: A federal jury in Los Angeles convicts Officer Laurence Powell and Sgt. Stacey Koon of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King (pictured). Two other officers, Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno, were acquitted. Powell and Koon would be sentenced to 32 months in prison.


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