Thursday, April 17, 2008

Today in History: April 17

  • 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer first recites his Canterbury Tales, for Richard II.
  • 1901 German-American mathematician Richard Brauer born; invented the modular representation theory of finite groups.
  • 1937 Cartoon chaotician Daffy Duck born, in Porky's Duck Hunt; AKA "The Egyptian god of frustration."
  • 1961 Bay of Pigs, exiles invade Cuba to topple the dictator Castro; John F. Kennedy reneges on his support; they are killed.
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