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On this day: April 11

Published On: Apr 08 2013 03:27:16 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 11 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

Napoleon abdicates, Bob Dylan makes his professional debut, the Apple I is created, Idi Amin is deposed, and Halley's Comet does a cosmic drive-by of the Earth, all on this day.

OTD April 11 - Apollo 13
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1970: Apollo 13 is launched. The lunar landing mission was aborted two days later when an oxygen tank exploded, crippling the service module. Fighting hardships caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of water and the need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise were able to return Apollo 13 safely to Earth on April 17.

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