updated 4/17/2005 12:20:42 AM ET 2005-04-17T04:20:42

Today is Sunday, April 17, the 107th day of 2005. There are 258 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 17, 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.

On this date:
In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings.

In 1524, Giovanni da Verrazano reached present-day New York harbor.

In 1790, American statesman Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia at age 84.

In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.

In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany in World War II.

In 1964, Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new “Mustang” model at the New York World’s Fair.

In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

In 1969, Czechoslovak Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek was deposed.

In 1970, the astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft.

In 1975, Phnom Penh fell to Communist insurgents, ending Cambodia’s five-year war.

Ten years ago: An Air Force jet exploded and crashed in a wooded area in eastern Alabama, killing eight people, including an assistant Air Force secretary and a two-star general. President Clinton signed an executive order stripping the classified label from most national security documents that were at least 25 years old.

Five years ago: World finance officials in Washington closed out the most tumultuous meetings in the history of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank with renewed pledges to hasten debt relief for poor countries and increase support for fighting the AIDS epidemic. Kenya’s Elijah Lagat won the Boston Marathon; Catherine Ndereba became the first female Kenyan winner.

One year ago: Searchers found the body of missing North Dakota college student Dru Sjodin. Israel assassinated Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi with a missile strike on his car.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Lon McCallister is 82. Rock promoter Don Kirshner is 71. Composer-musician Jan Hammer is 57. Actress Olivia Hussey is 54. Rock singer-musician Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) is 50. Actress Teri Austin is 46. Actor Sean Bean is 46. Rock singer Maynard James Keenan (Tool) is 41. Actress Lela Rochon is 41. Singer Liz Phair is 38. Actress Jennifer Garner (“Alias”) is 33. Singer Victoria Adams Beckham is 31. Actress-singer Lindsay Korman is 27. Actor Paulie Litt is 10. Actress Dee Dee Davis (“The Bernie Mac Show”) is 9.

Thought for Today: “A happiness that is sought for ourselves alone can never be found; for a happiness that is diminished by being shared is not big enough to make us happy.” — Thomas Merton, American poet and author (1915-1968).

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