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April 17: This Day That Year

April 17

- 1492 - Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the "Indies".

- 1790 - USA: Benjamin Franklin dies at 84 (born January 17, 1706).

- 1817 - 1st US school for deaf opens at Hartford, Connecticut.

- 1837- Birthday: J. P. Morgan, American banker born in Hartford, Connecticut.

- 1892 - Alexander Mackenzie, 2nd PM of Canada, dies of a stroke at 70.

- 1937 - Debut of cartoon characters Looney Toons Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd & Petunia Pig.

- 1939 - Joseph Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-Nazi pact.

- 1946 - Syria declared independence from French administration.

- 1982 - Canada adopts its constitution.

- 1983 - India launched SLV-3 rocket to space age launching.

- 2002 - Four Canadian forces soldiers killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s. It was the only deaths recorded in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War.

- 2011 - Game of Thrones premieres on HBO.

- 2013 - New Zealand​ legalizes same-sex marriage.

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