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 - Cambodian Civil War
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Marine Corps Historical Collection

1975: After five years of fighting, the Cambodian Civil War ends as Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender. Here, Saukham Khoy (second from right), president of the Khmer Republic, arrives on board the USS Okinawa after being evacuated from Phnom Penh.


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