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In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
1507 “America” was first used as the name of a continent on a map. German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller used the name in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.
1599 Oliver Cromwell 4/25/1599 – 9/3/1658
English soldier and statesman; Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland (1653-8)
1719 Robinson Crusoe is published
1781 American Revolution: Cornwallis retreats from Guilford Courthouse
1792 Highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by guillotine.
1840 Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, 4/25/1840(O.S.) – 10/25/1893(O.S.), Russian composer
1862 Civil War: Fall of New Orleans
1874 Guglielmo Marconi, 4/25/1874 – 7/20/1937, Italian Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor (1909)
1906 William Brennan, 4/25/1906 – 7/24/1997, American associate justice of the Supreme Court (1956-90)
1908 Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow was born in Polecat Creek, N.C.
1915 World War I Allies begin invasion of Gallipoli
1917 Ella Fitzgerald, 4/25/1917 – 6/15/1996, American jazz singer
1945 World War II Americans and Russians link up, cut Germany in two
1964 Vietnam War Johnson announces appointment of Westmoreland
1947 Truman inaugurates White House bowling alley
1959 The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.
1992 Islamic forces took control of most of the Afghan capital Kabul following the collapse of the Communist government.
1995 Ginger Rogers dies, 1995
2001 Italian Formula One, Michele Alboreto, driver dies in crash
Jon Kyl, Senator (R-AZ), 68
80 Paul Mazursky, Actor, director
78 Meadowlark Lemon, Basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
77 Jerry Leiber, Songwriter
70 Al Pacino, Actor
64 Talia Shire, Actress
46 Hank Azaria, Actor
43 Jane Clayson, TV host
41 Gina Torres, Actress
41 Renee Zellweger, Actress
40 Jason Lee, Actor (“My Name is Earl”)
34 Tim Duncan, Basketball player