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Infoplease - This Day in History 

Apr 17, 1895: The Sino-Japanese War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki.

Apr 17, 1937: Daffy Duck made his debut in Porky's Duck Hunt.

Apr 17, 1969: Sirhan Sirhan was convicted for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy.

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Apr 17, 1917: Lenin returned to Russia after 10 years in exile in Switzerland.

Apr 17, 1972: China sent President Nixon two giant pandas as a gift.

Apr 17, 1746: The Jacobite uprising in England ends when Charles “Bonnie Prince Charlie” Stuart is defeated by the Duke of Cumberland.

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Apr 16, 1912: Titanic sank off the coast of Newfoundland on its maiden voyage after it struck an iceberg.

Apr 16, 1955: Ray Kroc acquired McDonald's and opened his first restaurant in Des Plaines, Ill., today the official McDonald’s Corporate Museum.

Apr 16, 1996: The 100th Boston Marathon was won by Moses Tanui of Kenya.

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Apr 15, 1828: Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary.

Apr 15, 1865: Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Apr 15, 1894: The first kinetoscope parlor opened in New York City.

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Apr 14, 1598: The Edict of Nantes gave religious tolerance to the Huguenots in France.

Apr 14, 1970: Apollo 13 announced "Houston, we've got a problem," when an oxygen tank burst on the way to the Moon.

Apr 14, 1975: Civil War began in Lebanon when gunmen killed 4 Christian Phalangists who retaliated by killing 27 Palestinians.

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Apr 14, 1861: The Civil War began when Fort Sumter was attacked.

Apr 14, 1955: The polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was called "safe, effective, and potent."

Apr 14, 1961: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin became the first human in space and also the first human to orbit the earth in a spacecraft.

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Apr 12, 1814: Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba.

Apr 12, 1921: Iowa imposed the first state cigarette tax.

Apr 12, 1951: President Harry Truman fired General Douglas McArthur.

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Apr 11, 1790: The U.S. patent system was formed.

Apr 11, 1849: The safety pin was patented by Walter Hunt, in New York.

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