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 - Roddy Piper
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1954: Professional wrestler and actor "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who often played the villain as a wrestler, is born Roderick George Toombs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Piper was billed as coming from Glasgow, Scotland, due to his Scottish heritage and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. He was also known for his appearance in numerous B-grade movies, most notably 1988's "They Live." He died at age 61 on July 31, 2015, from a heart attack triggered by a blood clot in his lungs.


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