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On April 25 in history ..

  • 1185 - Sea battle at Dan-no-ura: Minamoto Yoritomo beats Taira-family
  • 1449 - Anti-pope Felix V resigns
  • 1507 - Geographer Martin Waldseemuller 1st used name America
  • 1541 - -26) Liege flooded after heavy down pour
  • 1604 - Count Maurits' army lands at Cadzand
  • 1607 - Battle at Gibraltar: Dutch fleet beats Spanish/Portuguese fleet
  • 1614 - Amsterdam Bank of Loan forms
  • 1626 - Battle at the Dessauer bridge: Monarch Albrecht von Wallenstein beats Earl of Mansfeld
  • 1660 - London Convention Parliament begins
  • 1660 - Parliament meets & votes to restore Charles II
  • 1678 - French troops conquer Ypres
  • 1684 - Patent granted for thimble
  • 1707 - Battle of Almansa-Franco-Spanish forces defeat Anglo-Portuguese
  • 1719 - Daniel Defoes publishes "Robinson Crusoe"
  • 1747 - Prince Willem V appointed viceroy of Zealand
  • 1792 - Guillotine 1st used, executes highwayman Nicolas J Pelletier
  • 1850 - Paul Julius Reuter, use 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices
  • 1859 - Ground broken for Suez Canal
  • 1861 - 7th NY arrives to reinforce Washington, DC
  • 1861 - Battle of Lavaca, TX
  • 1862 - Battle of New Orleans LA - US Admiral Farragut occupies New Orleans
  • 1864 - Battle of Marks' Mill, Arkansas (Camden Expedition)
  • 1867 - Tokyo opens for foreign trade
  • 1875 - Latest date for measurable snow in NYC (3")
  • 1876 - Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)
  • 1881 - 250,000 Germans petition to bar foreign Jews from entering Germany
  • 1881 - French troops occupy Algeria & Tunisia
  • 1886 - Sigmund Freud opens practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna
  • 1891 - Pres Benjamin Harrison visits SF
  • 1896 - Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire (Cripple Creek Colorado)
  • 1896 - Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London
  • 1898 - US declares war on Spain over Cuba
  • 1901 - Erve Beck hits American League's 1st home run
  • 1901 - In last of 9th, Detroit Tigers, trailing by 13-4, score 10 runs to win one of greatest comebacks in baseball (1st game in Detroit)
  • 1901 - New York becomes 1st state requiring auto license plates ($1 fee)
  • 1902 - Erwin Harvey becomes 1st Cleveland ballplayer (Cleveland Bronchos) to have six hits in one game
  • 1904 - NY Yankee Jack Chesbro's 1st of 41 wins this year
  • 1905 - Latest day of 1st-class cricket in an Aust season (NSW v Qld)
  • 1905 - Whites win right to vote in South Africa
  • 1915 - 78,000 ANZAC troops land at Gallipoli
  • 1925 - Paul von Hindenburg elected president of Germany
  • 1926 - Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot," premieres in Milan
  • 1926 - Persian cossack officer Reza Chan crowns himself Shah Palawi
  • 1927 - Spain routes 20,000 soldiers to Morocco (uprising Rifkabylen)
  • 1928 - Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for the blind
  • 1932 - Rose Franken's "Another Language," premieres in NYC
  • 1933 - NY Yankee Russ Van Atta shuts out Washington Senators 16-0
  • 1933 - US & Canada drop Gold Standard
  • 1938 - 1st use of seeing eye dog
  • 1941 - Operation Merkur: Hitler orders conquest of Kreta
  • 1942 - Luftwaffe bombs Bath
  • 1944 - United Negro College Fund incorporates
  • 1945 - 45 countries convene UN Conference on Intl Organization in SF
  • 1945 - Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java
  • 1945 - British troops reach Grebbe line Neth
  • 1945 - Clandestine Radio 1212, used to hoax Nazi Germany's final transmission
  • 1945 - Last Boeing B-17 attack against Nazi Germany
  • 1945 - Red army completely surrounds Berlin
  • 1945 - US & Soviet forces meet at Torgau Germany on Elbe River
  • 1946 - "Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48
  • 1946 - Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent," premieres in London
  • 1947 - Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
  • 1947 - Trial against WW II mayor of Amsterdam Edward Voûte begins
  • 1949 - Friedrich Dürrenmatt's "Romulus der Grosse," premieres in Basel
  • 1949 - Michael Brown, rocker (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee)
  • 1950 - Ambon (proclaims RMS (Republik Maluku Selatan)
  • 1950 - Chuck Cooper becomes 1st black to play in NBA
  • 1952 - 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 1952 - American Bowling Congress approves use of an automatic pinsetter
  • 1952 - German "Country" Bathe-Württemberg forms
  • 1953 - Scientists identify DNA
  • 1954 - Bell labs announces 1st solar battery (NYC)
  • 1954 - British raid Nairobi Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested)
  • 1954 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island atmospher
  • 1954 - WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" goes #1
  • 1956 - Noël Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble," premieres in London
  • 1957 - 1st experimental sodium nuclear reactor operated
  • 1957 - Ibrahim Hashim forms Jordanian govt
  • 1957 - WUHY TV channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 - St Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic, Great Lakes opens to shipping
  • 1960 - 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed (Triton)
  • 1961 - "Young Abe Lincoln" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 27 perfs
  • 1961 - France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • 1961 - Mercury/Atlas rocket lifted off with an electronic mannequin
  • 1961 - Premier Moïse Tsjombe of Katanga arrested in Congo
  • 1961 - Robert Noyce patents integrated circuit
  • 1961 - Unmanned Mercury test explodes on launch pad
  • 1962 - Cleve sends Harry Chiti to Mets for a player to be named later, on
  • 1962 - June 15 the Mets send Chiti back to Cleveland
  • 1962 - Lion & Tiger Veldt at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated
  • 1962 - US Ranger spacecraft crash lands on Moon
  • 1962 - US resumes above ground nuclear testing, at Christmas Island
  • 1964 - Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • 1965 - 19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 1965 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Pensacola Golf Invitational
  • 1966 - Drunk driver kills 10 children in Asse Belgium
  • 1967 - Abortion legalized in Colorado
  • 1967 - Britain grants internal self-government to Swaziland
  • 1967 - Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders," premieres in NYC
  • 1968 - "Half a Sixpence" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
  • 1969 - BBC Radio serial "Dales" 5,400th & last episode
  • 1969 - Last radio broadcast of "Mrs Dale's Diary" on BBS
  • 1970 - "Park" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1970 - Freda Payne releases "Band of Gold"
  • 1970 - Melanie releases "Lay Down"
  • 1971 - About 200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters march on Washington
  • 1971 - Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • 1971 - US canal rights in Nicaragua & rights to Corn Islands expire
  • 1971 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1972 - Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12
  • 1973 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1974 - Chancellor Willy Brandt sect Günther Guillaume found to be a spy
  • 1974 - Leo Tindemans forms Belgium govt
  • 1974 - Marcello Caetano overthrown in Portugal (Carnation revolution)
  • 1974 - NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
  • 1975 - 1st Boeing Jetfoil revenue service, Hong Kong to Macao
  • 1975 - Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins Portugal's free election
  • 1975 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1975 - West German embassy blown-up in Stockholm Sweden
  • 1976 - Cub centerfielder Rick Monday rescues US flag from 2 fans trying to set it on fire
  • 1976 - Elections in Vietnam for a National Assembly to reunite the country
  • 1976 - India all out for 97 v West Indies
  • 1976 - Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 1976 - Portugal adopts constitution
  • 1977 - Cin Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9
  • 1977 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1978 - Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance
  • 1978 - Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more
  • 1979 - "Rock 'n Roll High Schools" premieres
  • 1979 - Peace treaty between Israel & Egypt goes into effect
  • 1980 - A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umps from attacking a fan
  • 1980 - Announcement of Jimmy Carter hostage rescue bungle in Iran
  • 1980 - Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Wayne Webb
  • 1980 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1981 - Mariners mgr Maury Wills is suspended for 2 games after ordering Seattle's grounds crew to enlarge batter's boxes by one foot
  • 1981 - Maureen Reagan (40) marries 3rd husband, Dennis Revell (28)
  • 1982 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1982 - In accordance with Camp David, Israel completes Sinai withdrawal
  • 1982 - Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orlando Lady Golf Classic
  • 1982 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1982 - Yanks fire manager Bob Lemon & replaces him with Gene Michael
  • 1983 - "Nightline" expands from ½ hour to a full hour
  • 1983 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1983 - Portugal's Soares' Partido Socialista wins parliamentary election
  • 1983 - Yuri Andropov invites US schoolgirl Samantha Smith to USSR
  • 1984 - Rock group Wings disbands
  • 1984 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1985 - "Big River" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 1005 performances
  • 1985 - Flyers 2-Isles 6-Patrick Div Finals-Flyers hold 3-1 lead
  • 1985 - For 2nd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 goals in a Cup game
  • 1985 - Roger Miller's musical "Big River," premieres in NYC
  • 1985 - West German Parliament ruled it illegal to deny the holocaust
  • 1986 - ETA bomb attacks Madrid killing 5
  • 1988 - "Nightline" goes on location to Jerusalem Israel
  • 1988 - John Demjanjuk (Ivan the Terrible), sentenced to death in Jerusalem
  • 1988 - NASA launches space vehicle S-211
  • 1989 - Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany NY
  • 1989 - Penguin Mario Lemuix ties NHL playoff record of 4 goals in 1st period
  • 1990 - 25th Academy of Country Music Awards: Clint Black & Kathy Mattea win
  • 1990 - Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by shuttle Discovery
  • 1990 - Violeta Barrios de Chamorro begins a 6 year term as Nicaragua's pres
  • 1991 - "Grand Hotel" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 1018 performances
  • 1991 - Designer Mary McFadden (52) announces divorce of Kohie Yohannan (23)
  • 1991 - Lisa Olson brings suit against NFL NE Patriots for sexual harassment
  • 1991 - Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1992 - "Shimada" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1992 - Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marc McDowell
  • 1993 - "Blood Brothers" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 839 performances
  • 1993 - Russia elect Boris Yeltsin leader
  • 1994 - 14" of snow in Southern Calif
  • 1994 - Bomb attack on taxi stand in Johannesburg, 10 killed
  • 1994 - Fishing boat with school children capsize at Lanaka Syria, 46 killed
  • 1994 - King Azlan Shah of Malaysia resigns
  • 1994 - Mexican businessman & billionaire Angel Losada kidnap
  • 1994 - Tsutomu Hata elected premier of Japan
  • 1995 - "Month in the Country" opens at Roundabout Theater NYC for 79 perfs
  • 1995 - 16th Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 1996 - "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk," opens at Ambassador Theater NYC
  • 1997 - Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 250th HR

Famous birthdays on April 25 ..

  • 1214 - Louis IX, King of France (1226-70)
  • 1228 - Koenraad IV, Roman Catholic German king (1237-54)
  • 1284 - Edward II, King of England (1307-27)
  • 1567 - Aurelio Signoretti, composer
  • 1599 - Oliver Cromwell, Puritan lord protector of England (1653-58)
  • 1608 - Jean BG duke of Orléans, brother of French King Louis XIII/general
  • 1614 - Hieronymus van Beverningk, chief Dutch treasurer/maecenas
  • 1614 - Marc'Antonio Pasqualini, composer
  • 1666 - Johann Heinrich Buttstett, composer
  • 1677 - Guillaume Coustou Sr, French sculptor (Chevaux the Marly)
  • 1690 - Gottlieb Theophil Muffat, composer
  • 1710 - James Ferguson, astronomer
  • 1723 - Giovanni Marco Rutini, composer
  • 1730 - Fedele Fenaroli, composer
  • 1769 - Mark Isambard Brunel, engineer/inventor
  • 1792 - John Keble, Anglican priest/founder (Oxford Movement)
  • 1818 - Marek Konrad Sokolowski, composer
  • 1824 - Gustave-Rodolphe-Clarence Boulanger, painter
  • 1825 - Charles Ferdinand Dowd, US, standardized time zones
  • 1837 - William Charles Levey, composer
  • 1840 - James Dearing, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1865
  • 1840 - Peter Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (1812 Overture) (5/7 NS)
  • 1841 - Pauline Lucca, soprano
  • 1842 - Antonio Fogazzarro, Italian writer/poet (Il santo/Leila)
  • 1849 - Felix Klein, German mathematician (Evanston Colloquium)
  • 1862 - Edward Grey, English viscount of Fallodon/minister of Foreign affairs
  • 1867 - Jean Demoor, Belgian physician/physiologist
  • 1869 - Karl Prohaska, composer
  • 1871 - Sara Amsel, Indonesian/Dutch actress
  • 1872 - Charles Burgess Fry, cricketer/world record long jumper
  • 1874 - Guglielmo Marconi, Bologna Italy, inventor (radio, Nobel 1909)
  • 1876 - Ruben Marcos Campos, composer
  • 1881 - Hans Windisch, German new testament expert
  • 1883 - Elsa Maxwell, Keokuk Iowa, writer (Jack Paar Show)
  • 1889 - Charles Kellaway, cricketer (great Australian all-rounder of 1920's)
  • 1895 - Stanley Rous, British soccer official
  • 1897 - Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer
  • 1897 - VAA Mary, English princess
  • 1900 - Hubert Miles Gladwyn Jebb, diplomat
  • 1900 - Lord Gladwyn, MP (Liberal)
  • 1900 - Wolfgang Pauli, Swiss/Us physicist (Pauli inhibition, Nobel 1945)
  • 1901 - Ernst Gernot Klussmann, composer
  • 1903 - Camilla Horn, actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Polterabend, Matinee Idol)
  • 1903 - Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, composer
  • 1905 - Hugh Willatt, solicitor/public servant
  • 1905 - Walter Hassan, engineer
  • 1906 - Sally Salminen, writer
  • 1906 - William J Brennan Jr, NJ, 92nd Supreme Court judge (1956-90) [or 8/25]
  • 1906 - Zoltan Gardonyi, composer
  • 1907 - Paula Trueman, NYC, actress (Gran-Billy)
  • 1907 - Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer
  • 1908 - Edward R Murrow, Pole Creek NC, newscaster (Person to Person)
  • 1909 - Jaroslav Doubrava, composer
  • 1912 - Gladys L Presley, mother of Elvis
  • 1913 - Earl Bostic, Tulsa OK, alto sax player (Flamingo, Temptation)
  • 1913 - Russ Conway, Brandon Manitoba, actor (Richard Diamond Private Eye)
  • 1914 - Claude Mauriac, writer
  • 1914 - Marcos Perez Jimenez, president/dictator Venezuela
  • 1915 - A J A Quintus Bosz, Indonesian/Suriname lawyer
  • 1915 - William Goyen, writer
  • 1918 - Astrid Varnay, Stockholm Sweden, soprano (Met Opera 1941-56)
  • 1918 - Ella Fitzgerald, Newport News VA, jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex)
  • 1918 - [Ibolyka] Astridm Varnay, Hungarian/US singer (Walküre)
  • 1919 - Heinz Wunderlich, composer
  • 1920 - Jean Carmet, actor (Cache Cash, Miss Mona, Night Magic)
  • 1920 - Marre, reformer of the bar
  • 1921 - Jean Mogin, Belgian poet
  • 1921 - Karel Appel, painter (Vragende Children)
  • 1923 - Aafje J R Bouber, [Blom], actress (Traveller Without Baggage)
  • 1923 - Albert King, Mississippi, blues singer/guitarist (Bad Look Blues)
  • 1923 - Anita Bjorak, actress (Miss Julie, Loving Couples, Night People)
  • 1923 - Francis Graham-Smith, British astronomer
  • 1923 - Melissa Hayden, Toronto Canada, ballerina (1961 Silver Bowl)
  • 1924 - Erzsebet Szonyi, composer
  • 1924 - Franco Mannino, composer
  • 1925 - Anthony Christopher, British trade unionist
  • 1926 - Paul Walter Furst, composer
  • 1927 - Ernst Widmer, composer
  • 1929 - José Angel Valente, Spanish poet (A modo the esperanza)
  • 1929 - Yvette Corlett, athlete
  • 1929 - Yvette Williams, NZ, long jumper (Oly-gold-52)
  • 1930 - Dotty Mack, Cincinnati Ohio, actress (Paul Dixon Show)
  • 1930 - Paul Mazursky, Brooklyn, writer/director (Moscow on the Hudson)
  • 1930 - Roy Marshall, cricket opener (prolific Hampshire only 4 Tests for WI)
  • 1931 - David Shepherd, painter
  • 1932 - Lia Manoliu, Romania, discus thrower (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1932 - Meadowlark Lemmon, basketball star (Harlem Globetrotter) [or 0421]
  • 1932 - William Roache, England, actor (Ken Barlow-Coronation Street)
  • 1933 - Helen Paling, British circuit judge
  • 1933 - Jerry Leiber, songwriter (Leiber & Stoller)
  • 1934 - David de Peyer, cancer research campaigner
  • 1934 - Denny "Scott" Miller, Bloomington Ind, actor (Wagon Train)
  • 1937 - Bo Brundin, Stockholm Sweden, actress (Rhinemann Exchange)
  • 1937 - Thomas Faber, publisher
  • 1939 - Richard earl of Lichfield, English photographer
  • 1939 - Veronica Sutherland, British diplomat
  • 1940 - Al Pacino, NYC, actor (And Justice For All, Godfather, Scorpio)
  • 1940 - Marian Norrie
  • 1940 - O B McClinton, [Burnett], country singer (Keep your arms around me)
  • 1941 - Bertrand Tavernier, actor (Capt Conan, L627, Daddy Nostalgie)
  • 1941 - Chris Augustine, rocker (Every Mother's Son)
  • 1941 - Lawrence J Smith, (Rep-D-FL, 1983- )
  • 1942 - John Martin Dalby, composer
  • 1942 - Jon Kyl, (Rep-R-Arizona)
  • 1944 - John Bryant, editor (Europeans)
  • 1945 - Bjorn Ulvaeus, rock vocalist/guitarist (ABBA-Waterloo, Dancing Queen)
  • 1945 - Michael Kogel, rocker
  • 1945 - Stu Cook, rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary)
  • 1945 - Walt Wesley, NBA star (Cleve Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers)
  • 1946 - ... Zhirinovsky, [Edelstein], Russian ultra nationalist/anti semite
  • 1946 - Digby Fairweather, jazz trumpeter
  • 1946 - Peter Sutherland, CEO (Allied Irish Banks)
  • 1946 - Ronnie Gilbert, rocker (Lifeline, Harp)
  • 1946 - Talia Shire, [Coppola], Lake Success NY, actress (Adrienne-Rocky)
  • 1946 - Vladimir Zhirinovsky, [Edelstein], Russian nationalist/anti-semite
  • 1947 - Bill Fontana, composer
  • 1947 - Jeffrey DeMunn, Buffalo NY, actor (Blaze, Frances, Windy City)
  • 1947 - Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player/coach (Ajax/Barcelona)
  • 1948 - Mike Selvey, cricketer (England pace bowler of late 70's)
  • 1949 - Michael Brown, NYC, keyboardist (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee)
  • 1950 - Steve Ferrone, Sussex, rock drummer (Average White Band)
  • 1951 - Ian McCartney, MP
  • 1951 - Linda Stone, pharmacist
  • 1952 - Cory Day, Bronx NY, rock vocalist
  • 1952 - Vladislav Tretiak, USSR hockey player (Olympic-gold-1972, 76)
  • 1953 - Gary Cosier, cricketer (Australian batsman 1975-78, 109 on debut v WI)
  • 1954 - Rob Crosby, Sumter SC, country singer (She's a Natural)
  • 1955 - Buster Mottram, tennis player
  • 1955 - Joanne Abbott, Sarnia Ontario, yachter (Olympics-96)
  • 1955 - John Nunn, British chess player
  • 1957 - Eric Bristow, "Crafty Cockney", Engld, dart thrower (5 World Masters)
  • 1958 - Chris Johnson, Arcata CA, LPGA golfer (1990 Atlantic City Classic)
  • 1958 - Fish, [Derek William Dick], Scottish vocalist (Marillion-Sugar Mice)
  • 1958 - Flab, rocker
  • 1959 - Billy Rankin, Glasgow, Scotland, rocker
  • 1959 - Tony Phillips, Atlanta GA, baseballoutfielder: Chicago White Sox
  • 1964 - Andy Bell, rocker (Erasure-Oh L'Amour)
  • 1964 - Jackie Campbell, LA Cal, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-5th-1993)
  • 1964 - Jamie Siddons, cricketer (Victorian & SA batsman ODI for Aust 1988)
  • 1965 - Denis Perez, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
  • 1965 - Mark Bryant, NBA forward/center (Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets)
  • 1966 - Darren Holmes, Asheville NC, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1966 - Isabelle Pasco, France, actress (Ave Maria)/model (Elle, Vogue)
  • 1967 - Angel Martino, Americus GA, 50m/100m freestyle (Oly-gold/2 br-92, 96)
  • 1969 - Darren Woodson, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1969 - Gavin Bruk-Jackson, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993)
  • 1969 - Jon Olsen, US, 100m freestyle/400m/800m medley (Olymp-gold-1992, 96)
  • 1969 - Marisa Pedulla, Bellefonte PA, half-lightweight judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 - Nir Shental, Israel, Men's 470 yachter (Oly-15th-1996)
  • 1969 - Sanjeeva Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman 1994- )
  • 1969 - Travis Fryman, Lexington KY, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1970 - Corwin Brown, NFL safety (NY Jets, NE Patriots)
  • 1970 - Steve Tovar, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • 1971 - Andrew Grigg, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1971 - Brad Clontz, Stuart VA, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • 1971 - Eric England, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 - Joël Bourgeois, Moncton New Brunswick, 3000m Steeplechase (Olympic-96)
  • 1971 - Michelle Harris, Newark Delaware, Miss America-Delaware (1996)
  • 1971 - Pam Schaffrath, Chicago IL, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 1972 - Percell Gaskins, linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 - Alek Stojanov, Windsor, NHL right wing (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1973 - Barbara Rittner, Krefeld German FR, tennis star (1992 Schenectady)
  • 1973 - Paige Gordon, North Vancouver BC, diver (Olympics-16-92, 96)
  • 1973 - Wes Martin, Calgary Alta, golfer (1990 Alberta Jr Masters-2nd)
  • 1974 - Brad Hassell, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1974 - Libor Prochazka, hockey defenseman (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998)
  • 1974 - Tricia Dunn, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • 1974 - Twan Russell, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1975 - Jacque Jones, San Diego CA, baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1975 - Ruben Gomez, rocker (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • 1976 - Tim Duncan, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1977 - Jonathan Angel, SF Calif, actor (Tommy Delucca-Saved By The Bell)
  • 1977 - Marguerite Moreau, actress (Connie-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • 1985 - Jonathan Halyalkar, Ramsey NJ, actor (Billy-Who's the Boss)

Famous deaths on April 25 ..

  • 0974 - Ratherius of Verona/Liege, bishop/abbot, dies at about 84
  • 1295 - Sancho IV, the Brave, scholar/king of Castile/León, dies
  • 1342 - Benedict XII, [Jacques Fournier], Pope (1334-42), dies
  • 1472 - Leon Battista degli Alberti, scupltor/musician (Dinner Pieces), dies
  • 1482 - Margaret of Anjou, Queen (Henry VI), dies
  • 1566 - Diane de Poitiers, lover of French King Henry II, dies
  • 1595 - Torquato Tasso, Italian poet/playwright, dies at 51
  • 1607 - Don Juan Alvarez, Spanish Admiral (Gibraltar), dies in battle
  • 1607 - Jacob van Heemskerck, Dutch Admiral (Nova Zambia), dies in battle
  • 1635 - Alessandro Tassoni, Ital political writer (Rape of Bucket), dies at 69
  • 1647 - Matthias Gallas, Austrian earl of Campo/duke of Lucerna, dies at 62
  • 1663 - Heinrich Pape, composer, dies at 53
  • 1690 - David Teniers the Younger, Flemish painter (Pictorium), dies at 79
  • 1728 - John Woodward, geologist/physician, dies
  • 1744 - Anders Celsius, Swed astronomer (Centegrade Thermometer), dies at 42
  • 1792 - Johann Friedrich Gottlieb Beckmann, composer, dies at 54
  • 1792 - Nicolas J Pelletier, Frenchman, 1st guillotined
  • 1800 - William Cowper, English lawyer/poet (Olney Hymns), dies at 68
  • 1808 - Alois Luigi Tomasini, composer, dies at 66
  • 1813 - Louis-Sébastien Mercier, French poet (Le Déserteur), dies at 73
  • 1822 - Frederick "William" Herschel, German/British astronomer, dies at 83
  • 1828 - John Goldberg, Dutch patriot/statesman, dies at 64
  • 1840 - Siméon-Denis Poisson, French mathematician (Poisson verdeling), dies
  • 1845 - Thomas Duncan, painter, dies
  • 1853 - William Beaumont, physiologist, dies
  • 1862 - Charles Ferguson Smith, US Union Gen-Maj, dies of infection at 55
  • 1873 - Walter de la Mare, Engl poet/author (Behold the Dreamer), dies at 43
  • 1882 - Johann CF Zöllner, German astronomer (astro photography), dies
  • 1905 - Jacob Olie, Dutch photographer, dies at about 70
  • 1906 - John Knowles Paine, US composer, dies at 67
  • 1915 - Nicola d' Arienzo, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 - George Stephanescu, composer, dies at 81
  • 1926 - Ellen K S Key, Swed author/feminist (Century of the Child), dies at 76
  • 1928 - Pjotr N Wrangel, Russian baron general, dies at 49
  • 1931 - A J Y (Bert) Hopkins, cricketer (20 Tests for Aust, 509 runs), dies
  • 1937 - Clem Sohn, air show performer dies at 26 when his chute fails to open
  • 1942 - Paul Kornfeld, writer, dies at 52
  • 1943 - Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko, playwright/director, dies
  • 1946 - Albert Knight, cricketer (3 Tests for England on 1903-04 tour), dies
  • 1946 - Joseph Vine, cricketer (batted in two Tests Eng v Aust 1911-12), dies
  • 1951 - Jerzy Fitelberg, composer, dies at 47
  • 1954 - Joseph Hergesheimer, novelist (Java Head), dies
  • 1955 - Constance Collier, actress (Perils of Pauline), dies at 77
  • 1955 - Paulus B Barth, Swiss painter/lithographer, dies at 73
  • 1960 - Amanullah, emir/king of Afhanistan (1919-28), dies at 67
  • 1960 - Hope Emerson, actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), dies at 62
  • 1960 - Ilmari Henrik Reinhold Krohn, composer, dies at 92
  • 1961 - Hans F Blunck, writer, dies
  • 1966 - Maurice Roelants, Belgian author (Prayer for a Good End), dies at 70
  • 1969 - Margarita Xirgu, actress (Bloody Wedding), dies at 80
  • 1970 - Anita Louise, actress (Gorilla, Anthony Adverse), dies at about 55
  • 1971 - Max Drischner, composer, dies at 80
  • 1972 - George Sanders, actor (Mr Freeze-Batman, Ivanhoe), dies at 65
  • 1976 - Carol Reed, director (Agony & Ecstasy), dies
  • 1976 - Margaret Bannerman, actress (Great Defender), dies at 79
  • 1981 - Dixie, a mouse who lived 6½ years, dies
  • 1982 - Celia Johnson, actress (Brief Encounter, Happy Breed), dies at 73
  • 1982 - Don Wilson, TV announcer (Jack Benny Show), dies at 81
  • 1982 - John Cody, US cardinal/archbishop of Chicago (1965-82), dies at 74
  • 1982 - Paul de Vree, Flemish writer/essayist (Round Table), dies
  • 1982 - William R Burnett, US, writer (Asphalt Jungle), dies at 82
  • 1984 - Richard Benedict, actor (Okinawa), dies at 64 of a heart attack
  • 1985 - Murray Matheson, actor (Felix-Banacek), dies at 72
  • 1985 - Richard Haydn, British actor (Mutiny on the Bounty), dies at 80
  • 1988 - Boris Kremenliev, composer, dies at 76
  • 1988 - Carolyn Franklin, singer/songwriter/son of Aretha, dies at 43
  • 1988 - Clifford D[onald] Simak, sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83
  • 1989 - George Coulouris, actor (Papillon, Runaway Bus), dies at 85
  • 1990 - Dexter Gordon, Jazz saxophonist, dies of kidney failure at 67
  • 1991 - Frank Hamilton, actor (Subterraneans), dies at 66
  • 1991 - Theo Laseroms, [Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), dies
  • 1992 - Brian Macleod, Canadian musician, dies of cancer at 39
  • 1992 - Dany [Daniël S] Tuijnman, Dutch min of traffic & water, dies at 77
  • 1992 - Panos Christi, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1992 - Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese rock artist, dies at 26 of pulmonary edema
  • 1993 - Rosita Moreno, actress (Walls of Gold), dies of heart attack at 85
  • 1994 - David Langton, British actor (Upstairs Downstairs), dies at 82
  • 1994 - George Gennimatas, Greek minister of National Economy, dies at 55
  • 1994 - Talaat Yassin Hamman, militant Moslem leader, shot dead at 32
  • 1995 - Art Fleming, game show host (Jeopardy), dies at 74
  • 1995 - Francis Henry Smith, librarian, dies at 85
  • 1995 - Ginger Rogers, actress/dancer (Top Hat, Stage Door), dies at 83
  • 1995 - Joseph Heifitz, film director, dies at 89
  • 1996 - John Eustace Theodore Brancker, lawyer/parliamentarian, dies at 87
  • 1996 - John Lorne Campbell, folklorist, dies at 90
  • 1996 - Saul Bass, designer, dies at 74



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