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10 Amazing Facts about April 17

April 17, 2015

Did you know all of these events happened throughout history on April 17? #10 is our favorite!

 

  1. Giddy-Up

Horses were first imported into the colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629.

 

  1. Suffering Succotash

Daffy Duck made his debut in Porky’s Duck Hunt. He didn’t get his name until he appeared in the 1938 short, “Daffy Duck and Egghead.”

 

  1. Around the World

Geraldine Mock became the first female pilot to circumnavigate the globe in a solo flight. In 1964, it took her 291 days, 21 stopovers, and she covered about 50,300 km. Her light plane was the “Spirit of Columbus.”

 

  1. Color Barrier Breaks

master_sc_Baseball02_160-99-3In 1947, Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

 

  1. Double Hat Trick +1

In 1983, Wayne Gretzky scored 7 points in a single Stanley Cup hockey playoff game for the New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers.

 

  1. Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl SundayAmerican Professional Football Association first formed in 1920. It later became the NFL and the teams vie for the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy at the Super Bowl.

 

  1. L-O-V-E

In 1985, The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) unveiled its 22-cent LOVE stamp. In a clever promotion, the USPS used the set of ABC-TV’s The Love Boat as a backdrop.

 

  1. Dance Fever

DanceTop pop hit music singles in on April 17, 1992 included:

  • Jump, by Kris Kross
  • Make It Happen, by Mariah Carey
  • Beauty and the Beast, by Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson
  • Remember The Time, by Michael Jackson

 

  1. 221 Years Overdue.

221 Years OverdueIn 1789, President George Washington borrowed a law book from the New York Society Library and never returned it. A dusty ledger revealed his mistake, and Mount Vernon finally returned the book on April 17, 2010. The late fee was an incredible $300,000, which the library graciously waived.

 

  1. Happy Birthday, FedEx!

On April 17, 1973, FedEx (then known as Federal Express) officially began operations with 389 team members and with the launch of 14 small aircraft from Memphis International Airport. On that night, we delivered 186 packages to 25 U.S. cities from Rochester, New York, to Miami, Florida. Today, we have more than 325,000 team members and deliver about 10.6 million packages per day! Happy 42nd birthday FedEx!


Comments

    Rana Afzal says:

    Congratulations

    onya clinton says:

    Am so proud to be a fedex staff in nigeria,all thanks to our wonderful client we love u guys.

    Randall Nelson says:

    i have worked at fedex for 26 years , it still excites me to get up every morning , just knowing I will make some smile as they are telling me I ordered this last night at 5pm from California and it’s here before 1030 the next day. Amazing

    Randall Nelson says:

    26 years working at FEDEX and still excited to go to work !now that’s saying something about a great company

    Denise Cupo says:

    FBT STATION, BKLYN, N.Y. Thanks for the many happy, fun years,and my pension..Keep them vans a rollin…

    June says:

    I’m going on 29 years on August 18th. Happy anniversary to Fedex

    Anonymous says:

    Its my sons 19th birthday today.So its nice to know those facts.

    Trina says:

    Its my sons 19th birthday today.So its nice to know those facts Thank you.

    Aubrey Ducker says:

    Happy Birthday! Especially to Mike, now in the Freight department!

    Arjun Meghwal says:

    Happy Birthday, FedEx!
    On April 17, 1973, FedEx (then known as Federal Express) officially began operations with 389 team members and with the launch of 14 small aircraft from Memphis International Airport. On that night, we delivered 186 packages to 25 U.S. cities from Rochester, New York, to Miami, Florida. Today, we have more than 325,000 team members and deliver about 10.6 million packages per day! Happy 42nd birthday FedEx!
    I love Fedex

    phyllis lovelace says:

    Great company to work for. Congrats And you will always be my Federal Express.

    Tim Kennedy says:

    25 great years with a wonderful company!

    Shirley Fernando says:

    never forget it

    Shirley Fernando says:

    What ever it takes

    Rahmat says:

    happy birthday fedex 25 years past since joining.

    Jackie says:

    Awesome writeup Phyllis…always top notch coming from you!!

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