This day in history: April 17
1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins – Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
1941 – World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
1942 – French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein.
1945 – Brazilian forces liberate the town of Montese, Italy, from German Nazi forces.
1946 – Syria obtains its Independence from the French occupation.
1964 – Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air.
1969 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
1971 – The People’s Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Mujibnagor.
1978 – Mir Akbar Khyber is assassinated, provoking a communist coup d’état in Afghanistan.
1986 – The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends.
2006 – Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70.
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