April 25 – This day in history

It’s April 25, somewhere in the past

There have been thousands of these days in the past and more to come.

Each day of the week we look in the rearview mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on all the April 25 in the past.

We’re here to help you remember everything you forgot so what could be better than a history of events that have happened on this day!

Each day of the week, The Beat Chicago takes you back through the years to see all the birthdays, heavenly birthdays and major events that have impacted life here on Earth.

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1684 – The ‘thimble’ is granted a patent

1792 – The guillotine is first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas Pelletier

1859 – Work began on the Suez Canal in Egypt

1874 – Guglielmo Marconi, the man (for all intents and purposes) created ‘radio’ was born. He won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1909 for physics, passed in 1937

1898 – The U.S. declared war on Spain. Spain had declared war on the U.S. the day before starting the Spanish-American war

1901 – New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates. It would cost New Yorker’s a one dollar
1915 – The Battle of Gallipoli begins as British, French, Indian, Newfoundland and Australian Troops invade Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula, landing at Anzac Cove and Cape Helles
1916 – Anzac Day is commemorated for the first time on the first anniversary of the landing at ANZAC Cove.
1917 – Ella Fitzgerald was born. The jazz master sold 40 million copies of her more than 70 albums, won 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts, she passed in 1996.
1923 – Blues master Albert King was born, passed in 1992
1930 – Paul Mazursky was born, passed in 2014
1932 – Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters was born, passed in 2015

1940 – Al Pacino was born
1945 – U.S. and Soviet troops meet in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in two and set her future path that would last the wall came down.
1945 – Liberation Day (Italy): 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 is captured after trying to escape. This day was set as a public holiday to celebrate the Liberation of Italy.
1945 – United Nations Conference on International Organization: Founding negotiations for the United Nations begin in San Francisco.
1945 – The last German troops retreat from Finland’s soil in Lapland, ending the Lapland War. Military acts of Second World War end in Finland.
1945 – Delegates from about 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
1946 – Talia Shire was born
1950 – The Boston Celtics draft Chuck Cooper, the first African-American to be drafted in the NBA
1951 – Korean War: Assaulting Chinese forces are forced to withdraw after heavy fighting with UN forces, primarily made up of Australian and Canadian troops, at the Battle of Kapyong.
1953 – Francis Crick and James Watson publish “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid” describing the double helix structure of DNA.
1954 – The first practical solar cell is publicly demonstrated by Bell Telephone Laboratories.
1959 – The Saint Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping.
1960 – The United States Navy submarine USS Triton completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
1961 – Journalist/writer Dinesh D’Souza was born
1961 – Robert Noyce was granted a patent for the integrated circuit.
1962 – The U.S. spacecraft, Ranger, crashed on the Moon.

1964 – Hank Azaria was born
1967 – Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. The law was limited to therapeutic abortions when agreed to, unanimously, by a panel of three physicians.
1969 – Sports broadcaster Joe Buck was born
1969 – Actress Renée Zellweger was born
1970 – Skateboarder, actor, comedian Jason Lee was born
1971 – The country of Bangladesh was established
1974 – Steely Dan released “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”
1976 – NBA star Tim Duncan was born

1983 – Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto’s orbit.
1982 – In accordance with Camp David agreements, Israel completed its Sinai withdrawal
1984 – David Anthony Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, was found dead of a drug overdose in a hotel room
1988 – In Israel, John “Ivan the Terrible” Demjanuk is sentenced to death for war crimes committed in World War II.
1990 – Violeta Chamorro takes office as the President of Nicaragua, the first woman to hold the position.
1999 – Roger Troutman died at the age of 47. He had been shot several times. His brother, Larry, was found near the crime scene with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound
2002 – In Honduras, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (TLC) was killed in a car crash
2005 – Bulgaria and Romania sign over their history and heritage to the E.U. with accession treaties to join the European Union.
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.
2015 – Nearly 9,100 are killed after a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal.