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1985Roger Miller's musical "Big River," premieres in NYC

1980Announcement of Jimmy Carter hostage rescue bungle in Iran

1941Operation Merkur: Hitler orders conquest of Kreta

1993Russia elects Boris Yeltsin leader

2007Boris 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.

1965Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Pensacola Golf Invitational

1982Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orlando Lady Golf Classic

1891Pres Benjamin Harrison visits SF

2009Elijah Wood is honored with the Midnight Award by the San Francisco International Film Festival as an American actor who "has made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood cinema, and who brings striking intelligence, exemplary talent and extraordinary depth of character to his roles"

1953Francis Crick and James Watson's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in "Nature" magazine

1862Capture of New Orleans LA by the Union under Flag Officer Farragut

1985For 2nd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points in a Cup game (3 goals, 4 assists)

1926Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot" premieres in Milan

1660English Convention Parliament meets & votes to restore Charles II

1886Sigmund Freud opens practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna

1997The disaster film "Volcano", starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche, is released

April 25th Historical Events
Date Event
1185
Sea battle at Dan-no-ura: Minamoto Yoritomo beats Taira-family 
1449
Anti-pope Felix V resigns 
1507
German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller 1st 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 
1614
Amsterdam Bank of Loan forms 
1626
Battle at the Dessauer bridge: Monarch Albrecht von Wallenstein beats Earl of Mansfeld 
1660
English Convention Parliament meets & votes to restore Charles II 
1678
French troops conquer Ypres 
1684
Patent granted for thimble 
1707
Battle of Almansa; Franco-Spanish forces defeat British and Portuguese 
1719
Daniel Defoes publishes "Robinson Crusoe" 
1747
Prince Willem V appointed viceroy of Zealand 
1792
Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas J Pelletier 
1829
Charles Fremantle arrives in the HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom. 
1846
Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War. 
1849
The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots. 
1850
Paul Julius Reuter, use 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices 
1859
Ground broken for Suez Canal 
1861
Battle of Lavaca, Texas (US Civil War) 
1861
The Union Army arrives to reinforce Washington, D.C. (US Civil War) 
1862
Capture of New Orleans LA by the Union under Flag Officer Farragut 
1864
Battle of Marks' Mill, Arkansas (Camden Expedition) 
1867
Tokyo opens for foreign trade 
1875
Latest date for measurable snow in NYC (3") 
1876
Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout) 
1881
250,000 Germans petition to bar foreign Jews from entering Germany 
1881
French troops occupy Algeria & Tunisia 
1886
Sigmund Freud opens practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna 
1891
Pres Benjamin Harrison visits SF 
1896
Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire (Cripple Creek Colorado) 
1896
Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London 
1898
Spanish-American War: The United States declares state of war on Spain effective from 21st April. 
1901
Erve Beck hits American League's 1st home run 
1901
New York becomes 1st state requiring auto license plates ($1 fee) 
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) 
1902
Erwin Harvey becomes 1st Cleveland ballplayer (Cleveland Bronchos) to have six hits in one game 
1904
NY Highlander Jack Chesbro's 1st of 41 wins this year 
1905
Latest day of 1st-class cricket in an Aust season (NSW v Qld) 
1905
Whites win right to vote in South Africa 
1914
US President W Wilson is persuaded by the ABC powers - Argentina, Brazil, and Chile - to accept mediation in the conflict with Mexico 
1915
First landings at Gaba Tepe and Cape Helles on the Gallipoli Peninsula 
1925
Paul von Hindenburg elected president of Germany 
1926
Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot" premieres in Milan 
1926
Persian cossack officer Reza Chan crowns himself Shah Palawi 
1927
Spain routes 20,000 soldiers to Morocco (uprising Rifkabylen) 
1928
Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frank 
1932
Rose Franken's "Another Language" premieres in NYC 
1933
NY Yankee Russ Van Atta shuts out Washington Senators 16-0 
1933
US & Canada drop Gold Standard 
1941
Operation Merkur: Hitler orders conquest of Kreta 
1942
Luftwaffe bombs Bath 
1943
The Demyansk Shield for German troops in commemoration of Demyansk Pocket is instituted. 
1944
United Negro College Fund incorporates 
1945
45 countries convene UN Conference on Intl Organization in SF 
1945
Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java 
1945
British troops reach Grebbe line Neth 
1945
Clandestine Radio 1212, used to hoax Nazi Germany's final transmission 
1945
Last Boeing B-17 attack against Nazi Germany 
1945
Red army completely surrounds Berlin 
1945
"Elbe Day" - US & Soviet forces meet at Torgau Germany on Elbe River during WWII invasion of Germany 
1946
"Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48 
1946
Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent" premieres in London 
1947
Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to become wrestling champ 
1947
Trial against WW II mayor of Amsterdam Edward Voete begins 
1949
Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Romulus der Grosse" premieres in Basel 
1949
Michael Brown, rocker (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee) 
1950
Ambon (proclaims RMS (Republik Maluku Selatan) 
1950
Chuck Cooper becomes 1st black to play in NBA 
1952
6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3 
1952
American Bowling Congress approves use of an automatic pinsetter 
1952
German "Country" Bathe-Wurttemberg forms 
1953
Francis Crick and James Watson's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in "Nature" magazine 
1954
Bell labs announces 1st solar battery (NYC) 
1954
British raid Nairobi Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested) 
1954
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island atmospher 
1954
WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1956
Noel Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London 
1957
1st experimental sodium nuclear reactor operated 
1957
Ibrahim Hashim forms Jordanian government 
1957
WUHY TV channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1959
St Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic, Great Lakes opens to shipping 
1960
1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed (Triton) 
1961
"Young Abe Lincoln" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 27 perfs 
1961
France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria 
1961
Mercury/Atlas rocket lifted off with an electronic mannequin 
1961
Premier Moise Tsjombe of Katanga arrested in Congo 
1961
Robert Noyce patents integrated circuit 
1961
Unmanned Mercury test explodes on launch pad 
1962
Cleve sends Harry Chiti to Mets for a player to be named later, on 
1962
Lion & Tiger Veldt at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated 
1962
US Ranger spacecraft crash lands on Moon 
1962
US resumes above ground nuclear testing, at Christmas Island 
1962
June 15 the Mets send Chiti back to Cleveland 
1964
Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3 
1965
19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1 
1965
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Pensacola Golf Invitational 
1966
Drunk driver kills 10 children in Asse Belgium 
1967
Abortion legalized in Colorado 
1967
Britain grants internal self-government to Swaziland 
1967
Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders" premieres in NYC 
1968
"Half a Sixpence" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances 
1969
5,400th & last episode of BBC Radio serial "The Dales" (formerly "Mrs Dale's Diary" ) 
1970
"Park" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances 
1970
Freda Payne releases "Band of Gold" 
1970
Melanie releases "Lay Down" 
1971
About 200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters march on Washington 
1971
Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational 
1971
US canal rights in Nicaragua & rights to Corn Islands expire 
1971
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1971
The Northern Ireland census is held 
1972
Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12 
1973
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1974
Chancellor Willy Brandt sect Gunther Guillaume found to be a spy 
1974
Leo Tindemans forms Belgium government 
1974
Marcello Caetano overthrown in Portugal (Carnation revolution) 
1974
NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff 
1975
1st Boeing Jetfoil revenue service, Hong Kong to Macao 
1975
Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins Portugal's free election 
1975
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
1975
West German embassy blown-up in Stockholm Sweden 
1976
Elections in Vietnam for a National Assembly to reunite the country 
1976
India all out for 97 v West Indies 
1976
Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic 
1976
Portugal adopts constitution 
1976
Cub centerfielder Rick Monday rescues US flag from 2 fans trying to set it on fire 
1977
Cin Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9 
1977
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1978
Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance 
1978
Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more 
1979
"Rock 'n Roll High Schools" premieres 
1979
Peace treaty between Israel & Egypt goes into effect 
1980
A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan 
1980
Announcement of Jimmy Carter hostage rescue bungle in Iran 
1980
Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Wayne Webb 
1980
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1981
Mariners mgr Maury Wills is suspended for 2 games after ordering Seattle's grounds crew to enlarge batter's boxes by one foot 
1981
More than 100 workers are exposed to radiation during repairs of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Japan. 
1982
Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1982
In accordance with Camp David, Israel completes Sinai withdrawal 
1982
Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orlando Lady Golf Classic 
1982
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1982
Yanks fire manager Bob Lemon & replaces him with Gene Michael 
1983
"Nightline" expands from ½ hour to a full hour 
1983
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1983
Portugal's Soares' Partido Socialista wins parliamentary election 
1983
Yuri Andropov invites US schoolgirl Samantha Smith to USSR 
1983
Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit. 
1984
Rock group Wings disbands 
1984
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1985
"Big River" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 1005 performances 
1985
Flyers 2-Isles 6-Patrick Div Finals-Flyers hold 3-1 lead 
1985
For 2nd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points in a Cup game (3 goals, 4 assists) 
1985
Roger Miller's musical "Big River," premieres in NYC 
1985
West German Parliament ruled it illegal to deny the holocaust 
1986
ETA bomb attacks Madrid killing 5 
1986
Mswati III is crowned King of Swaziland, succeeding his father Sobhuza II. 
1988
"Nightline" goes on location to Jerusalem Israel 
1988
John Demjanjuk (Ivan the Terrible), sentenced to death in Jerusalem 
1988
NASA launches space vehicle S-211 
1989
Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany NY 
1989
Penguin Mario Lemuix ties NHL playoff record of 4 goals in 1st period 
1990
25th Academy of Country Music Awards: Clint Black & Kathy Mattea win 
1990
Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by shuttle Discovery 
1990
Violeta Barrios de Chamorro begins a 6 year term as Nicaragua's pres 
1991
"Grand Hotel" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 1018 performances 
1991
Lisa Olson brings suit against NFL NE Patriots for sexual harassment 
1991
Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical premieres in NYC 
1991
Iraq expects to resume crude oil and product exports by July 
1992
"Shimada" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances 
1992
Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marc McDowell 
1993
"Blood Brothers" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 839 performances 
1993
Russia elects Boris Yeltsin leader 
1994
14" of snow in Southern Calif 
1994
Bomb attack on taxi stand in Johannesburg, 10 killed 
1994
Fishing boat with school children capsize at Lanaka Syria, 46 killed 
1994
King Azlan Shah of Malaysia resigns 
1994
Mexican businessman & billionaire Angel Losada kidnap 
1994
Tsutomu Hata elected premier of Japan 
1995
"Month in the Country" opens at Roundabout Theater NYC for 79 perfs 
1995
16th Emmy Sports Award presentation 
1996
"Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC 
1997
Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 250th HR 
1997
The disaster film "Volcano", starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche, is released 
2005
The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937. 
2005
Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union. 
2005
107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan. 
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. 
2009
Elijah Wood is honored with the Midnight Award by the San Francisco International Film Festival as an American actor who "has made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood cinema, and who brings striking intelligence, exemplary talent and extraordinary depth of character to his roles" 
2011
At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak. 
2012
The United Kingdom dips back into recession after the economy shrank 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012 
2013
The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years 
2013
Kansas City Chiefs select Eric Fisher as the first NFL draft pick 
2013
38 people are killed in a psychiatric hospital fire in Ramensky, Russia 
2016
Ted Cruz and John Kasich to Coordinate Against Donald Trump 
2016
Officials in Ohio Link Marijuana Operations to Deaths of 8 Family Members 
2016
President Obama defends controversial EU trade deal 
2016
Australia teen charged with Anzac day terror plot 
2016
Syria conflict: Obama 'to send 250 more non-combat troops' 
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