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25 Apr
1284
King Edward II of England born. King from 1307, it was during his reign that Robert the Bruce of Scotland decisively beat the English armies at Bannockburn (1314)King Edward II of England born. King from 1307, it was during his reign that Robert the Bruce of Scotland decisively beat the English armies at Bannockburn (1314)
735 years ago
25 Apr
1408
Ladislas of Naples occupied RomeLadislas of Naples occupied Rome
611 years ago
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25 Apr
1599
Oliver Cromwell, English military and political leader, was born. He led the Parliamentary army in the Civil War and, after the overthrow and execution of King Charles I, became…Oliver Cromwell, English military and political leader, was born. He led the Parliamentary army in the Civil War and, after the overthrow and execution of King Charles I, became Lord Protector of England
420 years ago
25 Apr
1662
Drury Lane Theatre in London was licensed to Thomas Killigrew by King Charles IIDrury Lane Theatre in London was licensed to Thomas Killigrew by King Charles II
357 years ago
25 Apr
1719
English author Daniel Defoe published his best known novel, Robinson Crusoe, based on the adventures of real life castaway Alexander SelkirkEnglish author Daniel Defoe published his best known novel, Robinson Crusoe, based on the adventures of real life castaway Alexander Selkirk
300 years ago
25 Apr
1744
Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer who invented the Celsius thermometer, diedAnders Celsius, Swedish astronomer who invented the Celsius thermometer, died
275 years ago
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25 Apr
1769
Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, British engineer and inventor, born. He pioneered techniques of underwater tunnelling and built the Thames Tunnel in London from Wapping to Rotherhithe.…Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, British engineer and inventor, born. He pioneered techniques of underwater tunnelling and built the Thames Tunnel in London from Wapping to Rotherhithe. It opened in 1843
250 years ago
25 Apr
1792
Jacques Pelletier, a highwayman, became the first person to be guillotined in France, on the Place de Greve in ParisJacques Pelletier, a highwayman, became the first person to be guillotined in France, on the Place de Greve in Paris
227 years ago
25 Apr
1848
Britain’s first royal yacht, Victoria and Albert, was successfully launched at Pembroke Docks after suffering serious damage on the first attempt to launch itBritain’s first royal yacht, Victoria and Albert, was successfully launched at Pembroke Docks after suffering serious damage on the first attempt to launch it
171 years ago
25 Apr
1850
Paul Julius Reuter, founder of the news agency that bears his name, used 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices between Brussels and AachenPaul Julius Reuter, founder of the news agency that bears his name, used 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices between Brussels and Aachen
169 years ago
25 Apr
1859
Work began on the construction of the Suez Canal, under the direction of Ferdinand de Lesseps. It was opened 10 years later on November 16, 1869Work began on the construction of the Suez Canal, under the direction of Ferdinand de Lesseps. It was opened 10 years later on November 16, 1869
160 years ago
25 Apr
1862
New Orleans fell to the Union fleet of Admiral David Farragut in the American Civil WarNew Orleans fell to the Union fleet of Admiral David Farragut in the American Civil War
157 years ago
25 Apr
1874
Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of radio telegraphy, was born. His work earned him a share of the 1909 Nobel prize for physics. He also developed short-wave radioItalian physicist Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of radio telegraphy, was born. His work earned him a share of the 1909 Nobel prize for physics. He also developed short-wave radio
145 years ago
25 Apr
1898
The U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution declaring war on Spain over CubaThe U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution declaring war on Spain over Cuba
121 years ago
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25 Apr
1908
Edward Egbert Roscoe Murrow, U.S. broadcaster and journalist, born. He was director of the U.S. Information Agency, and famous for his broadcasts from London during World War Two…Edward Egbert Roscoe Murrow, U.S. broadcaster and journalist, born. He was director of the U.S. Information Agency, and famous for his broadcasts from London during World War Two prior to American intervention
111 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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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