What happened on April 25? There are more than 270 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About April 25

April 25 In HistoryApril 25 is the 116th day of the year 2020. There are 250 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday. This day falls under the 17th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Sprague, West Virginia 25926 sunrise occured at 06:34 AM and sunset occured at 08:10 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Diamond while the mystical birthstone is Opal.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 293 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For April 25

  • 404 BC
    Peloponnesian War: Lysander’s Spartan Armies defeated the Athenians and the war ends.
  • 1134
    The name Zagreb was mentioned for the first time in the Felician Charter relating to the establishment of the Zagreb Bishopric around 1094.
  • 1607
    Eighty Years’ War: The Dutch fleet destroys the anchored Spanish fleet at Gibraltar.
  • 1644
    The Chongzhen Emperor, the last Emperor of Ming Dynasty China, commits suicide during a peasant rebellion led by Li Zicheng.
  • 1707
    The Habsburg army is defeated by Bourbon army at Almansa (Spain) in the War of the Spanish Succession.
  • 1792
    La Marseillaise (the French national anthem) is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
  • 1792
    Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine.
  • 1804
    The western Georgian kingdom of Imereti accepts the suzerainty of the Russian Empire
  • 1829
    Charles Fremantle arrives in 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.
  • 1847
    The last survivors of the Donner Party are out of the wilderness.
  • 1849
    The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal’s English population and triggering the Montreal Riots.
  • 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.
  • 1916
    Anzac Day is commemorated for the first time on the first anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove.
  • 1916
    Easter Rebellion: The United Kingdom declares martial law in Ireland.
  • 1920
    At the San Remo conference, the principal Allied Powers of World War I adopt a resolution to determine the allocation of Class “A” League of Nations mandates for administration of the former Ottoman-ruled lands of the Middle East.
  • 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.
  • 1943
    The Demyansk Shield for German troops in commemoration of Demyansk Pocket is instituted.
  • 1944
    The United Negro College Fund is incorporated.
  • 1945
    Elbe Day: United 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
    Fifty nations gather in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations.
  • 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
    The last German troops retreat from Finland’s soil in Lapland, ending the Lapland War. Military acts of Second World War end in Finland.
  • 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.
  • 1966
    The city of Tashkent is destroyed by a huge earthquake.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: Nguyen Hue Offensive – The North Vietnamese 320th Division forces 5,000 South Vietnamese troops to retreat and traps about 2,500 others northwest of Kontum.
  • 1974
    Carnation Revolution: A leftist military coup in Portugal overthrows the Estado Novo regime and eventually establishes a democratic government.
  • 1975
    As North Vietnamese forces close in on the South Vietnamese capital Saigon, the Australian Embassy is closed and evacuated, almost ten years to the day since the first Australian troop commitment to South Vietnam.
  • 1981
    More than 100 workers are exposed to radiation during repairs of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Japan.
  • 1982
    Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula per the Camp David Accords.
  • 1983
    Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto’s orbit.
  • 1983
    American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war.
  • 1986
    Mswati III is crowned King of Swaziland, succeeding his father Sobhuza II.
  • 1988
    In Israel, John Demjanuk is sentenced to death for war crimes committed in World War II.
  • 2003
    The Human Genome Project comes to an end two and a half years earlier than expected.
  • 2005
    107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan.
  • 2005
    Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union.
  • 2005
    The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937.
  • 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
    Zach Daniels made his debut in professional wrestling against Jason Blackman.
  • 2011
    At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak.

Who Were Born On April 25?

  • 1214
    King Louis IX of France (d. 1270)
  • 1228
    King Conrad IV of Germany (d. 1254)
  • 1284
    King Edward II of England (d. 1327)
  • 1287
    Roger de Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, de facto ruler of England (d. 1330)
  • 1502
    Georg Major, German Protestant theologian (d. 1574)
  • 1599
    Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland (d. 1658)
  • 1608
    Gaston, Duke of Orléans, French politician (d. 1660)
  • 1621
    Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (d. 1679)
  • 1694
    Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect (d. 1753)
  • 1710
    James Ferguson, Scottish astronomer (d. 1776)
  • 1725
    Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1786)
  • 1767
    Nicolas Oudinot, French marshal (d. 1847)
  • 1770
    Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian philologist (d. 1850)
  • 1775
    Charlotte of Spain, Spanish Infanta and queen of Portugal (d. 1830)
  • 1776
    Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh (d. 1857)
  • 1843
    Alice of the United Kingdom, Grand Duchess of Hesse (d. 1878)
  • 1849
    Felix Klein, German mathematician (d. 1925)
  • 1850
    Luise Adolpha Le Beau, German composer (d. 1927)
  • 1851
    Leopoldo Alas y Ureña, a.k.a. “Clarín”, Spanish novelist (d. 1901)
  • 1862
    Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon, British politician (d. 1933)
  • 1868
    John Bevins Moisant, American aviator (d. 1910)
  • 1873
    Walter de la Mare, English poet (d. 1956)
  • 1874
    Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (d. 1937)
  • 1897
    Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (d. 1965)
  • 1898
    Fred Haney, baseball player (d. 1977)
  • 1900
    Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
  • 1902
    Werner Heyde, German psychiatrist (d. 1964)
  • 1903
    Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (d. 1987)
  • 1905
    George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player (d. 1986)
  • 1906
    William J. Brennan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1997)
  • 1908
    Edward R. Murrow, American journalist (d. 1965)
  • 1909
    William Pereira, American architect (d. 1985)
  • 1913
    Earl Bostic, American musician (d. 1965)
  • 1913
    Nikolaos Roussen, Greek naval officer in World War II (d. 1944)
  • 1914
    Ross Lockridge, Jr., American writer (d. 1948)
  • 1917
    Ella Fitzgerald, American singer (d. 1996)
  • 1918
    Astrid Varnay, Swedish-born soprano (d. 2006)
  • 1918
    Gerard Henri de Vaucouleurs, French astronomer (d. 1995)
  • 1921
    Karel Appel, Dutch painter (d. 2006)
  • 1923
    Albert King, American musician (d. 1992)
  • 1923
    Melissa Hayden, American ballerina (d. 2006)
  • 1924
    Franco Mannino, Italian composer (d. 2005)
  • 1925
    Kay E. Kuter, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1925
    Sammy Drechsel, German journalist, film director, and cabaret performer (d. 1986)
  • 1926
    Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Austrian politician (d. 2008)
  • 1927
    Albert Uderzo, French cartoonist
  • 1927
    Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist (d. 2009)
  • 1929
    Yvette Williams, first woman New Zealander to go to Olympics
  • 1930
    Paul Mazursky, American film director and writer
  • 1931
    Felix Berezin, Russian mathematician (d. 1980)
  • 1932
    Meadowlark Lemon, American basketball player
  • 1932
    William Roache, British television actor (Coronation Street)
  • 1933
    Jerry Leiber, American composer
  • 1933
    Joyce Ricketts, American baseball player [AAGPBL] (d. 1992)
  • 1934
    Peter McParland, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1935
    April Ashley, English model
  • 1938
    Ton Schulten, Dutch artist
  • 1939
    Ted Kooser, American poet and US Poet Laureate
  • 1940
    Al Pacino, American actor
  • 1940
    Jochen Borchert, German politician
  • 1941
    Bertrand Tavernier, French director, screenwriter and actor
  • 1941
    Princess Muna al-Hussein, of Jordan
  • 1942
    Jon Kyl, American politician, junior senator of Arizona
  • 1942
    Katsuji Adachi, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1944
    Len Goodman, English dancer
  • 1945
    Björn Ulvaeus, Swedish singer and songwriter (ABBA)
  • 1945
    Richard C. Hoagland, American conspiracy theorist
  • 1945
    Stu Cook, American rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  • 1946
    Talia Shire, American actress
  • 1946
    Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Russian politician
  • 1947
    Jeffrey DeMunn, American actor
  • 1947
    Johan Cruijff, Dutch footballer
  • 1948
    Yu Shyi-kun, former Premier of Taiwan
  • 1949
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French economist, lawyer, and politician
  • 1949
    James Fenton, English poet
  • 1949
    Vicente Pernía, Argentine footballer
  • 1950
    Peter Jurasik, American actor
  • 1950
    Steve Ferrone, English drummer
  • 1951
    Ian McCartney, British Member of Parliament
  • 1952
    Ketil Bjørnstad, Norwegian pianist
  • 1952
    Vladislav Tretiak, Soviet ice hockey player
  • 1953
    Ron Clements, American animation director
  • 1955
    Américo Gallego, Argentine footballer
  • 1955
    Christopher Tyng, American composer
  • 1955
    Parviz Parastui, Iranian actor
  • 1956
    Jaroslava Schallerová, Czech actress
  • 1958
    Fish, Scottish singer and lyricist (ex-Marillion)
  • 1959
    Dominique Blanc, French actress
  • 1959
    Tony Phillips, American baseball player
  • 1960
    Bruce Redman, Australian film producer
  • 1961
    Dinesh D'Souza, American author
  • 1963
    David Moyes, Everton Football Club manager
  • 1964
    Andy Bell, English singer and songwriter (Erasure)
  • 1964
    Hank Azaria, American actor and voice actor
  • 1965
    Eric Avery, American musician (Jane’s Addiction, Deconstruction, Polar Bear)
  • 1965
    Mark Bryant, American basketball player
  • 1965
    Simon Fowler, English musician (Ocean Colour Scene)
  • 1966
    Diego Domínguez, Argentine-born Italian rugby player
  • 1966
    Erik Pappas, Greek-American baseball player
  • 1966
    James Stacy Barbour, American actor and singer
  • 1969
    Darren Woodson, American football player
  • 1969
    Gina Torres, American actress
  • 1969
    Joe Buck, American sports broadcaster
  • 1969
    Renée Zellweger, American actress
  • 1970
    Jason Lee, American actor
  • 1970
    Jason Wiles, American actor
  • 1971
    Sara Baras, Spanish flamenco dancer
  • 1971
    Tomoko Kawakami, Japanese voice actress
  • 1973
    Fredrik Larzon, Swedish drummer (Millencolin)
  • 1974
    Dean Phoenix American gay pornographic actor
  • 1975
    Emily Bergl, British-American actress
  • 1975
    Jacque Jones, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Gilberto, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976
    Rainer Schüttler, German tennis player
  • 1976
    Tim Duncan, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Constantinos Christoforou, Cypriot singer
  • 1977
    Ilias Kotsios, Greek footballer
  • 1977
    Kim Jong Kook, South Korean singer
  • 1977
    Marguerite Moreau, American actress
  • 1977
    Matthew West, American Christian singer
  • 1977
    Paavo Siljamäki, Finnish musician
  • 1978
    Letícia Birkheuer, Brazilian model
  • 1978
    Matt Walker, British swimmer
  • 1980
    Alejandro Valverde, Spanish cyclist
  • 1980
    Bruce Martin, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1980
    Daniel MacPherson, Australian actor
  • 1980
    Kazuhito Tadano, Japanese baseball player
  • 1981
    Anja Pärson, Swedish skier
  • 1981
    Dwone Hicks, American football player
  • 1981
    Felipe Massa, Brazilian Formula One driver
  • 1981
    John McFall, British sprinter
  • 1982
    Brian Barton, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Marco Russo, Italian footballer
  • 1982
    Monty Panesar, English cricketer
  • 1983
    DeAngelo Williams, American football player
  • 1983
    J.P. Howell, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Joanne Peh, Singaporean actress
  • 1984
    Andre' Woodson, American football player
  • 1984
    Melonie Diaz, American actress
  • 1984
    Robert Andino, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Giedo van der Garde, Dutch racing driver
  • 1985
    Jadyn Maria, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter
  • 1987
    Jay Park, b-boy & musician, part of Art of Movement
  • 1987
    Johann Smith, American soccer player
  • 1988
    James Sheppard, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1989
    Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, 11th Panchen Lama
  • 1990
    Taylor Walker, Australian Rules football player
  • 1996
    Allisyn Ashley Arm, American child actress

Who Died On April 25?

  • 68
    Saint Mark, the first Pope of Alexandria and the founder of Christianity in Africa
  • 1077
    Géza I of Hungary (b. 1040)
  • 1265
    Roger de Quincy, 2nd Earl of Winchester, English crusader
  • 1295
    King Sancho IV of Castile
  • 1472
    Leon Battista Alberti, Italian artist, poet, and philosopher (b. 1404)
  • 1516
    John Yonge, English diplomat (b. 1467)
  • 1566
    Diane de Poitiers, mistress of King Henry II of France (b. 1499)
  • 1566
    Louise Labé, French poet
  • 1595
    Torquato Tasso, Italian poet (b. 1544)
  • 1605
    Naresuan, King of Siam (b. 1555)
  • 1644
    Chongzhen Emperor, Emperor of China (b. 1611)
  • 1660
    Henry Hammond, English churchman (b. 1605)
  • 1690
    David Teniers the Younger, Flemish artist (b. 1610)
  • 1740
    Shrimant Baji Rao Vishwanath Bhat, also known as Baji Rao I, a general and Peshwa (b. 1699)
  • 1744
    Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer (b. 1701)
  • 1770
    Jean-Antoine Nollet, French abbot and physicist (b. 1700)
  • 1800
    William Cowper, English poet (b. 1731)
  • 1840
    Siméon Denis Poisson, French mathematician (b. 1781)
  • 1875
    Trinley Gyatso, 12th Dalai Lama (b. 1857)
  • 1878
    Anna Sewell, English author (b. 1820)
  • 1891
    Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (b. 1811)
  • 1892
    Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (b. 1840)
  • 1906
    John Knowles Paine, American composer (b. 1839)
  • 1911
    Emilio Salgari, Italian novelist (b. 1862)
  • 1915
    Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1830)
  • 1919
    Augustus D. Juilliard, music patron (b. 1836)
  • 1923
    Louis-Olivier Taillon, Canadian politician (b. 1840)
  • 1928
    Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1878)
  • 1937
    Michał Drzymała, Polish rebel (b. 1857)
  • 1943
    Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Russian theatre director (b. 1858)
  • 1944
    George Herriman, American comic author (Krazy Kat) (b. 1880)
  • 1944
    Tony Mullane, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1859)
  • 1968
    Walter Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • 1972
    George Sanders, British actor (b. 1906)
  • 1973
    Olga Grey, Hungarian-born American silent actress (b. 1896)
  • 1975
    Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • 1976
    Carol Reed, English film producer and director (b. 1906)
  • 1976
    Markus Reiner, Israeli scientist (b. 1886)
  • 1978
    Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • 1980
    Katia Mann, wife of German writer Thomas Mann (b. 1883)
  • 1982
    John Cody, American cardinal (b. 1907)
  • 1983
    William S. Bowdern, American Jesuit Roman Catholic priest (b. 1897)
  • 1988
    Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist (b. 1936)
  • 1990
    Dexter Gordon, American saxophonist (b. 1923)
  • 1992
    Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (b. 1965)
  • 1995
    Andria Balanchivadze, Georgian composer (b. 1906)
  • 1995
    Art Fleming, American game show host (b. 1925)
  • 1995
    Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer (b. 1911)
  • 1996
    Saul Bass, American graphics designer (b. 1920)
  • 1998
    Christian Mortensen, Danish-American supercentenarian (b. 1882)
  • 1998
    Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • 1999
    Larry Troutman, American musician (b. 1944)
  • 1999
    Lord Killanin, Irish International Olympic Committee president (b. 1914)
  • 1999
    Roger Troutman, American musician (b. 1951)
  • 2000
    David Merrick, American theatrical producer (b. 1911)
  • 2000
    Lucien le Cam, French mathematician (b. 1924)
  • 2001
    Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (b. 1956)
  • 2002
    Athanasios Papoulis, Greek-American engineer and applied mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 2002
    Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • 2002
    Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • 2003
    Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • 2004
    Thom Gunn, English poet (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    Hasil Adkins, Appalachian country, rock and roll, and blues musician (b. 1937)
  • 2005
    Swami Ranganathananda, Indian monk (b. 1908)
  • 2006
    Jane Jacobs, American-born Canadian urbanist (b. 1916)
  • 2007
    Alan Ball, British footballer (b. 1945)
  • 2007
    Arthur Milton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1928)
  • 2007
    Bobby “Boris” Pickett, American singer and songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2008
    Humphrey Lyttelton, English jazz musician and broadcaster (b. 1921)
  • 2009
    Beatrice Arthur, American comedienne, actress, and singer (b. 1922)
  • 2010
    Dorothy Provine, American singer, dancer, actress, and comedienne (b. 1935)

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