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 - Apollo 13
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1970: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely. The mission's lunar landing was aborted two days after its April 11 launch when an oxygen tank exploded, crippling the service module. Astronauts (from left to right) Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert fought hardships caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of water and the need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system to return successfully.


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