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25 Apr
2015
A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal, killing over 8,000 people. Many historic landmarks, including Kathmandu’s treasured Dharahara Tower, were destroyed. The quake…A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal, killing over 8,000 people. Many historic landmarks, including Kathmandu’s treasured Dharahara Tower, were destroyed. The quake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 19 people, making it the deadliest day on the mountain in history
2 years ago
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25 Apr
2015
Britain’s top jump jockey AP McCoy headed into retirement following a spectacular career in which he dominated the sport for over two decades. McCoy rode more than 4,300 career…Britain’s top jump jockey AP McCoy headed into retirement following a spectacular career in which he dominated the sport for over two decades. McCoy rode more than 4,300 career winners and was champion jockey for 20 consecutive years
2 years ago
25 Apr
2010
The Chennai Super Kings defeated the Mumbai Indians to win the third Indian Premier League cricket tournamentThe Chennai Super Kings defeated the Mumbai Indians to win the third Indian Premier League cricket tournament
7 years ago
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25 Apr
2009
American actress Bea Arthur died from cancer at her home in Los Angeles, aged 86. In a career spanning seven decades, Arthur was best known as the title character, Maude Findlay,…American actress Bea Arthur died from cancer at her home in Los Angeles, aged 86. In a career spanning seven decades, Arthur was best known as the title character, Maude Findlay, in the 1970s sitcom Maude, and as Dorothy Zbornak in the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmys for both roles
8 years ago
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25 Apr
2009
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) won South Africa’s general election but narrowly failed to obtain a two-thirds majority, necessary to change the constitution. The…The ruling African National Congress (ANC) won South Africa’s general election but narrowly failed to obtain a two-thirds majority, necessary to change the constitution. The result cleared the way for ANC party leader Jacob Zuma to become the country’s next president. The election turnout was 77%, 1% higher than in the 2004 election
8 years ago
25 Apr
2009
Mexico’s government declared a state of emergency to combat an outbreak of swine flu as the death toll rose to 71Mexico’s government declared a state of emergency to combat an outbreak of swine flu as the death toll rose to 71
8 years ago
25 Apr
2007
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000 for the first time in its historyThe Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000 for the first time in its history
10 years ago
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25 Apr
2007
Astronomers announced the discovery of the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date, potentially habitable as it might support liquid water. Gliese 581e orbits the…Astronomers announced the discovery of the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date, potentially habitable as it might support liquid water. Gliese 581e orbits the faint star Gliese 581, 20.5 light-years away
10 years ago
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25 Apr
2006
Sri Lanka’s fragile four-year ceasefire came to an end when eight people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the army’s headquarters, in which the head of the army was…Sri Lanka’s fragile four-year ceasefire came to an end when eight people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the army’s headquarters, in which the head of the army was seriously injured. The military blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for the attack and launched air strikes on their positions in the east. The suicide bombing was the first in the Sri Lankan capital since July 2004 and came on top of a recent surge in violence
11 years ago
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25 Apr
2005
At least 107 people died when a commuter train derailed and ploughed into an apartment block near Osaka, Japan. It was Japan’s worst train crash since a collision near Tokyo…At least 107 people died when a commuter train derailed and ploughed into an apartment block near Osaka, Japan. It was Japan’s worst train crash since a collision near Tokyo killed 161 people in 1963
12 years ago
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25 Apr
2005
Australians and New Zealanders marked the 90th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli Campaign, the Allied plan to seize Constantinople during the First World War that turned…Australians and New Zealanders marked the 90th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli Campaign, the Allied plan to seize Constantinople during the First World War that turned into a costly failure which became a defining moment for Australia, New Zealand and Turkey
12 years ago
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25 Apr
2005
The final section of the 1,700-year-old Obelisk of Axum was returned to Ethiopia. The 24m (78ft) tall granite column, regarded as an outstanding example of architecture from the…The final section of the 1,700-year-old Obelisk of Axum was returned to Ethiopia. The 24m (78ft) tall granite column, regarded as an outstanding example of architecture from the ancient city of Axum, one of the four great kingdoms of the ancient world, was looted by Italian forces during the conquest of the then Abyssinia in 1937
12 years ago
25 Apr
2003
Representatives of 11 Iraqi opposition groups met in Madrid to discuss how to create a new government following the fall of Saddam HusseinRepresentatives of 11 Iraqi opposition groups met in Madrid to discuss how to create a new government following the fall of Saddam Hussein
14 years ago
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25 Apr
2002
Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia visited President Bush at his ranch in Texas to secure U.S. support for his peace proposal in the Middle East. He warned that the U.S. had to…Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia visited President Bush at his ranch in Texas to secure U.S. support for his peace proposal in the Middle East. He warned that the U.S. had to do more to stop Israeli incursions into Palestinian territory or risk losing credibility in the region
15 years ago
25 Apr
2001
Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada, indicted on bribery charges earlier in the month, was arrested and jailed in ManilaFormer Philippine president Joseph Estrada, indicted on bribery charges earlier in the month, was arrested and jailed in Manila
16 years ago
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25 Apr
2000
Thousands of Miami residents staged a one-day general strike to protest at the armed raid by U.S. immigration agents to snatch six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzales from the…Thousands of Miami residents staged a one-day general strike to protest at the armed raid by U.S. immigration agents to snatch six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzales from the home of his Florida relatives
17 years ago
25 Apr
1999
Four Feyenoord soccer supporters were injured, one seriously, when Dutch police opened fire at the Rotterdam stadiumFour Feyenoord soccer supporters were injured, one seriously, when Dutch police opened fire at the Rotterdam stadium
18 years ago
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25 Apr
1999
Leaders of NATO countries met their counterparts from seven non-NATO nations bordering Yugoslavia to pledge support in the event of any aggression from the beleaguered Balkan…Leaders of NATO countries met their counterparts from seven non-NATO nations bordering Yugoslavia to pledge support in the event of any aggression from the beleaguered Balkan republic
18 years ago
25 Apr
1996
A court in Gdansk, Poland dropped proceedings against General Wojciech Jaruzelski over the 1970 fatal shootings of 44 protesters by security forces when he was defence ministerA court in Gdansk, Poland dropped proceedings against General Wojciech Jaruzelski over the 1970 fatal shootings of 44 protesters by security forces when he was defence minister
21 years ago
25 Apr
1996
Spain's Supreme Court found no evidence that outgoing Socialist Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez had been involved in organising a 'dirty war' against Basque ETA separatistsSpain's Supreme Court found no evidence that outgoing Socialist Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez had been involved in organising a 'dirty war' against Basque ETA separatists
21 years ago
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25 Apr
1996
A private prosecution against three white youths brought by the parents of black London teenager Stephen Lawrence for the racially-motivated murder of their son failed after the…A private prosecution against three white youths brought by the parents of black London teenager Stephen Lawrence for the racially-motivated murder of their son failed after the judge ruled that eyewitness identification evidence was unsafe
21 years ago
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25 Apr
1996
British police said a terrorist bomb which failed to explode under London's Hammersmith Bridge contained more than 30lb of explosives, making it the biggest device ever planted in…British police said a terrorist bomb which failed to explode under London's Hammersmith Bridge contained more than 30lb of explosives, making it the biggest device ever planted in Britain
21 years ago
25 Apr
1995
Movie star Ginger Rogers died aged 83. She is best remembered for her dance routines with Fred Astaire in films such as 'Flying Down to Rio', 'Roberta' and 'Top Hat'Movie star Ginger Rogers died aged 83. She is best remembered for her dance routines with Fred Astaire in films such as 'Flying Down to Rio', 'Roberta' and 'Top Hat'
22 years ago
25 Apr
1995
In the U.S., brothers James and Terry Nichols were charged with conspiring with Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing which killed 168 peopleIn the U.S., brothers James and Terry Nichols were charged with conspiring with Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing which killed 168 people
22 years ago
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