Wednesday, April 25, 2012

25th of April

Today is the 115th day of the year, with only 250 days remaining.

1792 - Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person to be executed by guillotine.

1847 - The last survivors of the Donner Party are out of the wilderness.

1859 - British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal.

1861 - The Union Army arrives in Washington, D.C.

1862 - Forces under Admiral David Farragut demand the surrender of the Confederate city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

1901 - New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.

1939 - DC Comics publishes its second major superhero in Detective Comics #27, he is Batman, one of the most popular comic book superheroes of all time.

1945 - United States and Soviet troops meet in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in two, a milestone in the approaching end of World War II.

1953 - Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish Molecular structure of nucleic acid: a structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid, describing the double helix structure of DNA.

1959 - The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping.

1960 - The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.

1961 - Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.

1972 - The North Vietnamese 320th Division, forces 5,000 South Vietnamese troops to retreat and traps about 2,500 others northwest of Kontum.

1988 - In Israel, John Demjanuk, is sentenced to death for war crimes committed in World War II.

2007 - Boris Yeltsin's funeral, the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.

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