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 - JP Morgan
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1837: J. P. Morgan, the leading financier of America's Progressive Era who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his time, is born in Hartford, Conn. Morgan arranged the merger that created General Electric and also oversaw the formation of the United States Steel Corporation.

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