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TODAY IN HISTORY - 17 APRIL

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• 1080 – On the death of his brother Harald III, Canute IV, who later became the first Dane to be canonized, became King of Denmark.

• 1349 – Fall of the Bavand dynasty, and rise of the Afrasiyab dynasty.

• 1907 – Brazil became the third country in the world to start construction on a dreadnought battleship, sparking a vastly expensive South American naval arms race.

• 1973 – George Lucas began writing a 13-page film treatment entitled The Star Wars.

• 2014 – NASA's Kepler confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.





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