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 - Lochner versus New York
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1905: The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York, holding that the "right to free contract" is implicit in the due process clause of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. The decision struck down a New York law that limited the number of hours a baker could work to 10 hours per day and 60 hours per week.


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