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April 17, 1790 Benjamin Franklin dies, Philadelphia, PA
  Benjamin Franklin
April 17, 1884 Leo Frank born, Cuero, Texas
  Leo Frank and the murder of Mary Phagan
April 17, 1943 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visits Chickamauga battlefield and the WAAC training grounds at Fort Oglethorpe
  Franklin Delano Roosevelt
April 17, 1944 Martin Luther King delivers a speech "The Negro and the Constitution" in Dublin, GA
  Martin Luther King
April 17, 1950 The U. S. Supreme Court dismisses South v. Peters, an early attempt to end Georgia's county-unit system.
April 17, 1960 Martin Luther King appears on "Meet the Press."
  Martin Luther King
April 17, 1967 Marquis Grissom born, Atlanta
  Marquis Grissom
April 17, 1990 Ralph David Abernathy dies, Atlanta, Georgia
  Ralph David Abernathy, Jr.
April 17, 2005 Actor Chris Tucker (Rush Hour, The Fifth Element) is arrested for speeding on I-20 in Warren County following a brief chase. Tucker claimed he was on his way to church and did not realized the police were behind him. He was clocked doing 109mph in a 70 mph zone.
  Chris Tucker
  Warren County, Georgia
April 17, 2006 Georgia’s Judicial Qualification Commission postpones a hearing to remove Rucker Smith from office pending outcome of his assault trial
  Rucker Smith
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