Friday, April 17, 2009

On April 17

On this day in ...
... 1991, in Ottawa, External Relations Minister Monique Landry (left) pledged that Canada would aid Kurdish refugees by giving Iran $6.5 million (Canadian dollars) to be used for that purpose. The pledge brought total Canadian relief to $16.6 million.
... 1492, the Genoan Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain's monarchs, King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I, in which Columbus (right) was to receive titles of nobility plus a tenth of the revenues generated by his exploration of the world beyond the Atlantic Ocean.

(Prior April 17 posts are here and here.)

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