On this day: April 17

Posted: 1:43 PM EDT Apr 15, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Apr 17, 2015

Benjamin Franklin dies, Daffy Duck makes his debut, the Bay of Pigs invasion begins, the ill-fated Apollo 13 returns to Earth, and two Los Angeles police officers are convicted in the Rodney King beating, all on this day.

OTD April 17 - West Texas explosion
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2013: An explosion at the West Fertilizer Company storage and distribution facility in West, Texas, while emergency services personnel were responding to a fire at the facility, leaves at least 15 people dead, with more than 160 injured and more than 150 buildings damaged or destroyed.


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