10 Amazing Facts about April 17
Did you know all of these events happened throughout history on April 17? #10 is our favorite!
Horses were first imported into the colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629.
- 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.”
- 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.”
- Color Barrier Breaks
- 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.
- Super Bowl Sunday
American 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.
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.
- Dance Fever
- 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
- 221 Years Overdue.
In 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.
- 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!
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