17th April

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1998 Linda McCartney dies of breast cancer Linda McCartney dies of breast cancer at age 56 on the McCartney family ranch in Tucson.
1986 John McCarthy kidnapped John McCarthy is abducted on his way to Beirut airport - three bodies, believed to be of British hostages, are also found.
1984 Yvonne Fletcher is shot dead by Libyan guns WPC Yvonne Fletcher is shot dead when an unknown person within the Libyan embassy fires shots at a crowd of protesters. Ten protesters are wounded.
1970 NASA - Apollo 13 splashes down Apollo 13 splashes down safely in the Pacific, four days after the ruptured oxygen tank crippled the spacecraft.
1969 Youngest ever female MP A 21-year-old woman, Bernadette Devlin, is voted in as Britain's youngest ever female MP and the country's third youngest ever.
1961 Cuban exiles invade Cuba 1500 CIA trained Cuban exiles launch an invasion at the Bay of Pigs in south west Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro
1894 Nikita Khrushchev is born Nikita Khrushchev is born
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