What are the important events that happened on April 25? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 25: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 25 is the 116th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 250 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 12, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,359,040 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectadecahexagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 278 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,221 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 25 Historical Events

  • 1644
    The Chongzhen Emperor, the last Emperor of Ming Dynasty China, commits suicide during a peasant rebellion led by Li Zicheng.
  • 1792
    La Marseillaise (the French national anthem) is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Forces under Union 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.
  • 1945
    Elbe Day: 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 in Europe.
  • 1966
    The city of Tashkent is destroyed by a huge earthquake.
  • 1975
    As North Vietnamese forces close in on the South Vietnamese capital Saigon, the Australian Embassy is closed and evacuated, almost ten years to the day since the first Australian troop commitment to South Vietnam.
  • 1983
    Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto’s orbit.
  • 2005
    Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union.
  • 2005
    The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937.

Who were born on April 25?

  • 1770
    Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian philologist (d. 1850)
  • 1868
    John Bevins Moisant, American aviator (d. 1910)
  • 1900
    Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
  • 1905
    George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player (d. 1986)
  • 1918
    Astrid Varnay, Swedish-born soprano (d. 2006)
  • 1940
    Jochen Borchert, German politician
  • 1955
    Christopher Tyng, American composer
  • 1969
    Joe Buck, American sports broadcaster
  • 1978
    Matt Walker, British swimmer
  • 1982
    Brian Barton, American baseball player

Who died on April 25?

  • 1472
    Leon Battista Alberti, Italian artist, poet, and philosopher (b. 1404)
  • 1516
    John Yonge, English diplomat (b. 1467)
  • 1891
    Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (b. 1811)
  • 1911
    Emilio Salgari, Italian novelist (b. 1862)
  • 1995
    Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer (b. 1911)
  • 2001
    Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (b. 1956)
  • 2003
    Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • 2006
    Jane Jacobs, American-born Canadian urbanist (b. 1916)
  • 2007
    Bobby “Boris” Pickett, American singer and songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2010
    Dorothy Provine, American singer, dancer, actress, and comedienne (b. 1935)

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