April 25 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1660 English Convention Parliament meets and votes to restore Charles II

1792 Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas Pelletier

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

1945 “Elbe Day” – US and Soviet forces meet at Torgau, Germany on the Elbe River during the invasion of Germany in WWII

1953 Francis Crick and James Watson‘s discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in “Nature” magazine

1954 Bell labs announces the 1st Solar Battery made from silicon. It has about 6% efficiency.

1990 Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by space shuttle Discovery

Today’s Historical Events

1185 Sea battle at Dan-no-ura: Minamoto Yoritomo beats Taira-family

1362 Muhammad VI ruler of Granada killed with a lance personally by Peter I of Castile, along with 36 followers and his head sent to Muhammad V (or 27 April)

1449 Anti-pope Felix V resigns

1507 German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller is the first to use the name America on his world map “Universalis Cosmographia”

1541 -26) Liege flooded after heavy down pour

1604 Count Maurits’ army lands at Cadzand

1607 Battle at Gibraltar: Dutch fleet beats Spanish Portuguese fleet

1607 Shortly before making landfall in America, Captain Edward Maria Wingfield is named President of the Jamestown governing council

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1947 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

1954 WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting

1956 Noël Coward‘s musical “South Sea Bubble” premieres in London

1957 WUHY TV channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

1964 “New Phil Silvers Show” last airs on CBS-TV

1964 11th National Film Awards (India): “Shehar Aur Sapna” wins the Golden Lotus

1978 ABC premiere of crime drama “Vega$”

1983 “Nightline” expands from ½ hour to a full hour

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1792 “La Marseillaise”, later the national anthem of France, is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg

1896 Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire at Cripple Creek, Colorado

1896 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical “The Geisha” premieres at Daly’s Theatre, London; runs for 760 performances

1926 Giacomo Puccini‘s opera “Turandot” premieres in Milan

1961 “Young Abe Lincoln” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 27 performances

1968 “Half a Sixpence” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances

1970 “Park” closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances

1985 Roger Miller‘s musical “Big River” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 1005 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1876 Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)

1901 Erve Beck hits American League’s 1st home run

1901 In last of 9th, Detroit Tigers, trailing by 13-4, score 10 runs to win one of greatest comebacks in baseball (1st game in Detroit)

1905 Latest day of 1st-class cricket in an Aust season (NSW v Qld)

1920 Magda Julin of Sweden beats teammate Svea Norén for the gold medal in women’s singles figure skating at the Antwerp Olympics

1933 Philadelphia Phillies’ Dick Bartell is 1st MLB player to get 4 consecutive doubles in 9 innings

1933 NY Yankee Russ Van Atta shuts out Washington Senators 16-0

1947 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

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