Monday, 25 April 2016

April 25

April 25
1590 The Sultan of Morocco launches a successful attack to capture Timbuktu.

1719 Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe is published in London.
1792 The guillotine is first used to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier.
1859 Work begins on the Suez Canal in Egypt.

1926 In Iran, Reza Khan is crowned Shah and chooses the name “Pahlavi.”
1926 Puccini’s opera Turandot premiers at La Scala in Milan with Arturo Toscanini conducting.
1938 A seeing eye dog is used for the first time.

1953 The magazine Nature publishes an article by biologists Francis Crick and James Watson, describing the “double helix” of DNA.
1956 Elvis Presley‘s “Heartbreak Hotel” goes to number one on the charts.
1959 The St. Lawrence Seaway–linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes–opens to shipping.

1971 The country of Bangladesh is established.
1980 President Jimmy Carter tells the American people about the hostage rescue disaster in Iran.
1982 In accordance with the Camp David agreements, Israel completes a withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula.
1990 Violeta Barrios de Chamorro begins a six year term as Nicaragua’s president.
Born on April 25
1214 Louis IX, king of France (1226-1270).
1284 Edward II, king of England (1307-1327).
1599 Oliver Cromwell, lord protector of England (1653-1658).

1873 Walther de la Mare, poet and novelist (Memoir of a Midget, Come Hither).
1874 Guglielmo Marconi, Italian physicist, inventor of the radio.

1908 Edward R. Murrow, war correspondent and newscaster.
1912 Gladys L. Presley, mother of Elvis Presley.

1917 Ella Fitzgerald, American singer.