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 - Mickey Mantle
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1951: Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle makes his major league debut with the New York Yankees. After slumping, Mantle would be sent down to the Yankees' top farm team, the Kansas City Blues, where he would remain for 40 games before being called back up. Mantle would go on to hit 536 home runs in his 18 seasons with the Yankees, leading New York to seven World Series titles.


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