Today in History: April 25

Today in History: April 25

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1590

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

1644

The Ming Chongzhen emperor commits suicide by hanging himself.

1707

At the Battle of Almansa, Franco-Spanish forces defeat the Anglo-Portugese forces.

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.

1862

Admiral David Farragut occupies New Orleans, Louisiana.

1864

After facing defeat in the Red River Campaign, Union General Nathaniel Bank returns to Alexandria, Louisiana.

1867

Tokyo is opened for foreign trade.

1882

French commander Henri Riviere seizes the citadel of Hanoi in Indochina.

1898

The United States declares war on Spain.

1915

Australian and New Zealand troops land at Gallipoli in Turkey.

1925

General Paul von Hindenburg takes office as president of Germany.

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.

1945

U.S. and Soviet forces meet at Torgau, Germany on Elbe River.

1951

After a three day fight against Chinese Communist Forces, the Gloucestershire Regiment is annihilated on "Gloucester Hill," in Korea.

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.

1960

The first submerged circumnavigation of the Earth is completed by a Triton submarine.

1962

A U.S. Ranger spacecraft crash lands on the Moon.

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.