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On this day: April 17

POSTED: 10:43 AM PDT Apr 15, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 16, 2014 

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 - Ellis Island
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1907: The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, its all-time daily high. The daily record came during the center's peak year, with 1,004,756 immigrants processed in 1907.

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