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 - Thornton Wilder
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1897: Author and playwright Thornton Wilder is born in Madison, Wis. He won three Pulitzer Prizes in his career, for the novel "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" and for the plays "Our Town" and "The Skin of Our Teeth."

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