On This Day..... April 25

 

APRIL 25TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY / SECRETARY’S DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL HUG A PLUMBER DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL ZUCCHINI BREAD DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • OLIVER CROMWELL (1599-1658)
  • GUGLIELMO MARCONI (INVENTOR OF RADIO) (1874-1937)
 


  • ELLA FITZGERALD (1917-1996)
  • AL PACINO (1940, 78)
 
  • TALIA SHIRE (1946, 72)
  • DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN (1949, 69)
 
  • DINESH D’SOUZA (1961, 57)
  • ADAM SILVER (1962, 56)
  • HANK AZARIA (1964, 54)
 
  • TIONNE WATKINS (T-BOZ FROM TLC) (1970, 48)
  • TIM DUNCAN (1976, 42)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1521, FERDINAND MAGELLAN IS WOUNDED IN A BATTLE WITH NATIVES IN THE PHILLIPINES. HE WOULD DIE THREE DAYS LATER BEFORE HIS SHIP WOULD CONTINUE ITS JOURNEY TO BE THE FIRST TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE WORLD
  • IN 1684, THE THIMBLE IS PATENTED
  • IN 1719, DANIEL DEFOE PUBLISHES “ROBINSON CRUSOE”
 
  • IN 1792, THE FIRST DEATH BY GUILLOTINE IN FRANCE WAS NICOLAS PELLETIER
  • IN 1846, A CONFLICT OVER THE TEXAS BORDER KNOWN AS THE THORNTON AFFAIR EVENTUALLY LEADS TO THE MEXICAN AMERICAN WAR
  • IN 1859, GROUND IS BROKEN ON THE SUEZ CANAL
  • IN 1861, THE UNION ARMY REINFORCES TROOPS IN THE CAPITAL, WASHINGTON DC
  • IN 1862, THE UNION CAPTURES NEW ORLEANS IN THE CIVIL WAR
 
  • IN 1876, THE CHICAGO CUBS PLAY THEIR FIRST PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME
  • IN 1891, PRESIDENT BENJAMIN HARRISON IS THE FIRST SITTING PRESIDENT TO VISIT SAN FRANCISCO
  • IN 1896, CRIPPLE CREEK COLORADO IS NEARLY WIPED OUT BY A PAIR OF FIRES. THE FIRST BEGAN WHEN A STOVE OVERTURNED DURING A FIGHT AT THE CENTRAL DANCE HALL AND WIPED OUT EIGHT BLOCKS OF THE CITY. THE SECOND, TWO DAYS LATER, AT THE PORTLAND HOTEL WIPED OUT ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE.
 
  • IN 1898, THE UNITED STATES OFFICIALLY DECLARES WAR ON SPAIN IN THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
  • IN 1901, NEW YORK BECOMES THE FIRST STATE TO REQUIRE LICENSE PLATES
  • IN 1901, ERVE BECK HITS THE FIRST HOME RUN IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE
  • IN 1925, PAUL VON HINDENBURG IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF GERMANY
 
  • IN 1928, A GERMAN SHEPHARD NAMED BUDDY BECOMES THE FIRST SEEING EYE DOG
  • IN 1930, “ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT” IS RELEASED
  • IN 1942, 417 PEOPLE ARE KILLED BY A THREE DAY BOMBING BLITZ OF BATH BY THE GERMANS IN WORLD WAR II
 
  • IN 1944, THE UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND IS ESTABLISHED
  • IN 1945, SOVIET TROOPS COMPLETELY CIRCLE BERLIN AND CUT OFF ALL ACCESS
  • IN 1950, CHUCK COOPER IS THE FIRST BLACK PLAYER IN THE NBA WHEN HE IS DRAFTED BY THE BOSTON CELTICS
 
  • IN 1952, THE AMERICAN BOWLING CONGRESS APPROVES THE USE OF AUTOMATIC PIN SETTERS FOR PROFESSIONAL BOWLING
  • IN 1952, FRANCIS CRICK AND JAMES WATSON PUBLISH THEIR FINDINGS ON THE DOUBLE HELIX STRUCTURE OF DNA
  • IN 1959, MARIO ANDRETTI WINS HIS DEBUT RACE AT NAZARETH MOTOR SPEEDWAY
  • IN 1960, ELVIS PRESLEY HITS #1 WITH “STUCK ON YOU”, HIS FIRST SINGLE AFTER RETURNING FROM TWO YEARS IN THE ARMY
 
  • IN 1961, ROBERT NOYCE PATENTS THE SILICON INTEGRATED CIRCUIT
  • IN 1967, COLORADO LEGALIZES ABORTION
  • IN 1970, THE JACKSON FIVE HIT #1 WITH “ABC”
 
  • IN 1971, 200,000 ANTI-VIETNAM WAR PROTESTERS MARCH ON WASHINGTON DC
  • IN 1975, THE WEST GERMAN EMBASSY IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN IS BLOWN UP BY THE RED ARMY FACTION, A GERMAN MILITANT GROUP
  • IN 1978, THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT IT IS ILLEGAL FOR PENSIONS TO REQUIRE WOMEN TO PAY MORE INTO THE PLAN THAN THEIR MALE COWORKERS
  • IN 1978, “VEGA$” PREMIERES ON ABC
 
  • IN 1979, THE PEACE TREATY BETWEEN ISRAEL AND EGYPT GOES INTO EFFECT
  • IN 1980, PRESIDENT CARTER ANNOUNCES PUBLICLY THAT A HOSTAGE RESCUE MISSION IN IRAN HAS FAILED AND SOME HOSTAGES HAVE DIED
  • IN 1985, THE WEST GERMAN PARLIAMENT RULES THAT IT IS ILLEGAL TO DENY THE HOLOCAUST IN GERMANY
  • IN 1987, MADONNA GOES TO #1 WITH “LA ISLA BONITA”
 
  • IN 1987, U2 START A FIVE WEEK RUN AT #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “THE JOSHUA TREE”
  • IN 1991, “GRAND HOTEL” CLOSES ON BROADWAY
 
  • IN 1993, BORIS YELTSIN IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA
  • IN 1993, THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS SELECT DREW BLEDSOE WITH THE FIRST PICK OF THE NFL DRAFT
 
  • IN 1994, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GETS 14 INCHES OF SNOW
  • IN 1994, THE EAGLES BEGIN THEIR “HELL FREEZES OVER” REUNION TOUR
 
  • IN 1995, GINGER ROGERS DIES AT 83
  • IN 1996, “BRING IN DA NOISE, BRING IN DA FUNK” OPENS ON BROADWAY
 
  • IN 1997, TOMMY LEE JONES’ “VOLCANO” OPENS
  • IN 1997, U2 BEGIN THEIR WORLDWIDE “POPMART” TOUR
 
  • IN 2002, RAPPER LISA LOPEZ OF TLC DIES IN A CAR CRASH AT 30
  • IN 2007, BORIS YELTSIN BECOMES THE FIRST HEAD OF STATE TO RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL RUSSIAN ORTHODOX STATE FUNERAL SINCE 1894
  • IN 2009, THE DETRIOT LIONS PICK MATTHEW STAFFORD WITH THE FIRST PICK IN THE NFL DRAFT
  • IN 2009, BEA ARTHUR DIES AT 86
 
  • IN 2009, MTV REALITY SHOW STARS SPENCER PRATT AND HEIDI MONTAG MARRY
  • IN 2011, A RASH OF TORNADOES IN THE SOUTHERN US KILL OVER 300 PEOPLE
  • IN 2015, A 7.8 EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL KILLS 8000 AND LEAVES OVER 100,000 HOMELESS
 

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