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Interesting historical events that occurred on April 25…

April 24, 2012

April 25.  Wednesday.  2012.  Here we have it:

1792 – Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine.

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Execution by guillotine.

1846 – Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War.

1847 – The last survivors of the Donner Party are out of the wilderness.

1859 – British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal.

1861 – American Civil War: The Union Army arrives in Washington, D.C.

1862 – American Civil War: Forces under Union Admiral David Farragut demand the surrender of the Confederate city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Marks’ Mills.

1898 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain.

1901 – New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.

1915 – World War I: The Battle of Gallipoli begins—The invasion of the Turkish Gallipoli Peninsula by Australian, British, French and New Zealand troops begins with landings at Anzac Cove and Cape Helles.

1938 – U.S. Supreme Court delivers its opinion in Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins and overturns a century of federal common law.

1939 – DC Comics publishes its second major superhero in Detective Comics #27; he is Batman, one of the most popular comic book superheroes of all time.

1945 – Elbe DayUnited States and Soviet troops meet in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in two, a milestone in the approaching end of World War II in Europe.

1945 – The Nazi occupation army surrenders and leaves Northern Italy after a general partisan insurrection by the Italian resistance movement; the puppet fascist regime dissolves and Benito Mussolini tries to escape. This day is taken as symbolic of the Liberation of Italy.

1945 – Fifty nations gather in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations.

1953 – Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid” describing the double helix structure of DNA.

1959 – The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping.

1960 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.

1961 – Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.

1965 – Teenage sniper Michael Andrew Clark kills three and wounds six others shooting from a hilltop along Highway 101 just south of Santa Maria, California.

1982 – Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula per the Camp David Accords.

1983 – Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto‘s orbit.

1988 – In IsraelJohn Demjanuk is sentenced to death for war crimes committed in World War II.

2007 – Boris Yeltsin‘s funeral – the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.


1917 – Ella Fitzgerald, American singer (d. 1996)

1940 – Al Pacino, American actor

1946 – Talia Shire, American actress

1969 – Renée Zellweger, American actress

1970 – Jason Lee, American actor


1995 – Art Fleming, American game show host (b. 1925)

1995 – Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer (b. 1911)

2009 – Beatrice Arthur, American comedienne, actress, and singer (b. 1922)




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