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25 Apr
1993
Pope John Paul II began a visit to Albania, which until only a few years earlier had been the world’s only officially atheist statePope John Paul II began a visit to Albania, which until only a few years earlier had been the world’s only officially atheist state
26 years ago
25 Apr
1990
Violeta Chamorro was sworn in as president of Nicaragua having defeated Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega. Her reforms ended nearly a decade of civil warfare and economic sanctionsVioleta Chamorro was sworn in as president of Nicaragua having defeated Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega. Her reforms ended nearly a decade of civil warfare and economic sanctions
29 years ago
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25 Apr
1990
The Hubble Space Telescope was launched aboard the space shuttle Discovery. After an ignominious start due to a defective mirror it has notched up a list of remarkable discoveries,…The Hubble Space Telescope was launched aboard the space shuttle Discovery. After an ignominious start due to a defective mirror it has notched up a list of remarkable discoveries, from confirming the existence of gigantic black holes to refining the age of the Universe
29 years ago
25 Apr
1990
Warders in riot gear stormed Manchester's Strangeways jail and forced rebel inmates to surrender after 25 days, ending Britain's longest prison siegeWarders in riot gear stormed Manchester's Strangeways jail and forced rebel inmates to surrender after 25 days, ending Britain's longest prison siege
29 years ago
25 Apr
1990
Dexter Gordon, American tenor saxophonist, diedDexter Gordon, American tenor saxophonist, died
29 years ago
25 Apr
1989
Japan’s prime minister Noboru Takeshita announced his resignation over the Recruit Affair, the country’s biggest political scandal in decadesJapan’s prime minister Noboru Takeshita announced his resignation over the Recruit Affair, the country’s biggest political scandal in decades
30 years ago
25 Apr
1983
The German magazine Stern published extracts from the so-called Hitler Diaries, also published by the Sunday Times in Britain. They were later found to be forgeriesThe German magazine Stern published extracts from the so-called Hitler Diaries, also published by the Sunday Times in Britain. They were later found to be forgeries
36 years ago
25 Apr
1982
British troops recaptured South Georgia, part of the Falkland Islands, from occupying Argentine forcesBritish troops recaptured South Georgia, part of the Falkland Islands, from occupying Argentine forces
37 years ago
25 Apr
1982
British actress Dame Celia Johnson, best known for her role in the 1945 film Brief Encounter, diedBritish actress Dame Celia Johnson, best known for her role in the 1945 film Brief Encounter, died
37 years ago
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25 Apr
1980
A U.S. commando mission to rescue 53 hostages in the U.S. Embassy in Iran was abandoned in the desert with the loss of eight American lives when a helicopter collided with a tanker…A U.S. commando mission to rescue 53 hostages in the U.S. Embassy in Iran was abandoned in the desert with the loss of eight American lives when a helicopter collided with a tanker aircraft
39 years ago
25 Apr
1976
Elections took place in Vietnam for a National Assembly to reunite the two halves of the countryElections took place in Vietnam for a National Assembly to reunite the two halves of the country
43 years ago
25 Apr
1976
Sir Carol Reed, English film director, diedSir Carol Reed, English film director, died
43 years ago
25 Apr
1975
Portugal held its first free elections for 50 years, in which the Socialist Party under Mario Soares won most seatsPortugal held its first free elections for 50 years, in which the Socialist Party under Mario Soares won most seats
44 years ago
25 Apr
1974
Portugal’s authoritarian ruler Marcelo Caetano was overthrown in a military coup, surrendering to General Antonio de Spinola who became president the following monthPortugal’s authoritarian ruler Marcelo Caetano was overthrown in a military coup, surrendering to General Antonio de Spinola who became president the following month
45 years ago
25 Apr
1971
200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters marched on Washington200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters marched on Washington
48 years ago
25 Apr
1969
The 21-year-old BBC radio serial Mrs Dale's Diary endedThe 21-year-old BBC radio serial Mrs Dale's Diary ended
50 years ago
25 Apr
1964
The head of the famous Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen harbour was sawn off and stolen. The head was never recovered and a new head was produced and placed on the statueThe head of the famous Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen harbour was sawn off and stolen. The head was never recovered and a new head was produced and placed on the statue
55 years ago
25 Apr
1945
The U.S. and Soviet armies met in the east German city of Torgau as World War Two drew to a close in EuropeThe U.S. and Soviet armies met in the east German city of Torgau as World War Two drew to a close in Europe
74 years ago
25 Apr
1945
The San Francisco Conference sponsored by China, Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States opened to set up a world body to succeed the defunct League of NationsThe San Francisco Conference sponsored by China, Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States opened to set up a world body to succeed the defunct League of Nations
74 years ago
25 Apr
1926
Arturo Toscanini conducted the first performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot at La Scala, MilanArturo Toscanini conducted the first performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot at La Scala, Milan
93 years ago
25 Apr
1925
Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg became the second president of Germany’s postwar Weimar RepublicField Marshal Paul von Hindenburg became the second president of Germany’s postwar Weimar Republic
94 years ago
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25 Apr
1918
Ella Fitzgerald, U.S. jazz singer, was born. She was discovered at 16 at an amateur night in Harlem, and in addition to her solo career often collaborated with Louis Armstrong,…Ella Fitzgerald, U.S. jazz singer, was born. She was discovered at 16 at an amateur night in Harlem, and in addition to her solo career often collaborated with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie
101 years ago
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25 Apr
1916
Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, was commemorated for the first time on the first anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand…Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, was commemorated for the first time on the first anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli in World War I. The site of the landings is now remembered as Anzac Cove
103 years ago
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25 Apr
1915
Allied troops launched the disastrous Gallipoli campaign against Turkish forces during World War I. Anzac Day is marked each April 25 to commemorate the landing of the Australia…Allied troops launched the disastrous Gallipoli campaign against Turkish forces during World War I. Anzac Day is marked each April 25 to commemorate the landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps at dawn
104 years ago
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