On This Day In History, 17 April

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World Events Today

  • In an effort to control inflation and encourage people to save, Premium Bonds were introduced in the United Kingdom, today in 1956
  • The American Ford Mustang motorcar was introduced today in 1964
  • Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, the man who assassinated the United States Senator, Robert F Kennedy, in June 1968, was convicted today in 1969, he was later sentenced to death

Entertainment Events Today

  • McCartney, the debut solo album by the English musician and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, was released today in 1970
  • The first episode of the American fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones, based on the books by George R R Martin, was aired today in 2011 on the HBO network
  • The Saint Cuthbert Gospel, the earliest known Western bookbinding to survive, was bought by the British Library today in 2012, it is believed the price paid was 9 million British Pounds

Family Events Today

  • The English author Nick Hornby, whose titles include Fever Pitch and About a Boy, was born today in 1957 in Surrey
  • The English actor Sean Bean, who starred in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Game of Thrones series, was born today in 1959 in Sheffield
  • The British singer Victoria Adams, Posh Spice of the pop-group Spice Girls, who married the England footballer David Beckham, was born today in 1974 in Essex

Main Event Today

  • The failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by Cuban exiles, covertly financed and directed by the government of the United States, started today in 1961

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Cheeseball Day

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