On This Day in History, April 25

Can you imagine a world without telephones? This day marks National Telephone Day. Try calling someone today, or even get an upgrade to the latest phone.

Want to know more important issues that happened on this day in history? Check out the following highlight of events sure to keep you informed.

  • 1859-The construction of the Suez Canal began.
  • 1882-French commander Henri Riviere seized the citadel of Hanoi in Indochina.
  • 1923-The wedding of Albert, Duke of York to Lady Elizabeth Rowes-Lyon in Westminster.
  • 1933-Following the tests around the western world, the inoculation in the fight against diphtheria began.
  • 1935-An immense fire ruined Oregon’s state capitol building in Salem.
  • 1953-The double helix structure of DNA was described for the first time.
  • 1955-The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to ocean vessels seeking passage from Montreal to ports in the USA on the Great Lakes.
  • 1971-The inclusion of China in the United Nations is needed due to its growth and importance as a world power.
  • 1971-The country of Bangladesh was established.
  • 1974-In Portugal, the fascist Estado Novo was overthrown in a bloodless coup.
  • 1983-The German News magazine, Stern, announced the discovery of Hitler’s diaries.
  • 1983-The Soviet Union published a letter that was written by Russian leader Yuri Andropov addressed to Samantha Smith, an American fifth-grader from Manchester, Maine.
  • 1990-Violeta Barrios de Chamorro began a six-year term as Nicaragua’s president.
  • 1992-Islamic forces in Afghanistan took control of the country following the collapse of the Najibullah government.
  • 2006-Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced plans to share its nuclear technology with other nations.
  • 2007-Astronomers announced the discovery of an Earth-like planet outside the solar system.
  • 2010-Nearly 100,000 people attended a rally against the U.S. base on the Japanese island of Okinawa.
  • 2011-The largest tornado outbreak ever recorded hit the U.S., killing 348 people across six states.
  • 2013-The United States lifted its ban on the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” airplane after Boeing made improvements to the plane and regulators approved its airworthiness.
  • 2014-Portugal celebrated forty years of democracy, which was overshadowed by protests over severe European Union austerity measures that had been placed on the country since its 2011 bailout.

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