Today in HisStory – April 25

German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller was the first to use the name America on his world map Universalis Cosmographia. (1507)

The Augsburg Confession, the first summary of the Lutheran faith, was read publicly at the Diet of Worms. (1530)

Oliver Cromwell, leader of the Parliamentary forces during the British Civil War, was born. (1599)

English Convention Parliament met and voted to restore Charles II to the throne. HIs father had been executed by the same Parliament during the British Civil War. (1660)

Patent was granted for the thimble. (1684)

Daniel Defoe published Robinson Crusoe (1719)

John Keble, English clergyman and poet credited with founding the Oxford Movement, was born. (1792)

Guillotine was first used in France to execute highwayman Nicolas Pelletier. (1792)

Charles Fremantle arrived in HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia. (1829)

The first play celebrating the life of Davy Crockett, The Lion of the West, opened in New York City. It was the first of many plays, books, and movies. (1831)

Mexican-American War: The Thornton Affair conflict began over the disputed border of Texas triggering the war. (1846)

Ground was broken for the Suez Canal. (1859)

US Civil War: The Union Army arrived to reinforce Washington, D.C. (1861)

US Civil War: New Orleans was captured by the Union under Flag Officer Farragut. (1862)

250,000 Germans petition to bar foreign Jews from entering Germany. (1881)

Sigmund Freud opened a practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna. (1886)

Spanish-American War: The United States declared a state of war on Spain effective from 21st April. (1898)

Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was born. (1917)

WW2: Red army completely surrounded Berlin. (1945)

WW2: On Elbe Day, US and Soviet forces met at Torgau, Germany on the Elbe River during the invasion of Germany. (1945)

US President Harry S. Truman officially opened the first White House bowling alley. (1947)

Bell labs announced the first solar battery made from silicon. It had about 6% efficiency. (1954)

First submerged circumnavigation of Earth was completed by USS submarine Triton in 60 days, 21 hours. (1960)

Robert Noyce patented the integrated circuit. (1961)

Captured in 1967, when Egypt attacked Israel, the Sinai Peninsula was returned by Israel to Egypt as part of the 1979 Camp David Accord. (1982)

Russian leader Yuri Andropov wrote to Samantha Smith, an American fifth-grader from Manchester, Maine, inviting her to visit his country. (1983)

West German Parliament ruled it illegal to deny the holocaust. (1985)

James Richardson was exonerated 21 years after being wrongfully convicted of killing his seven children. (1989)

The crew of the U.S. space shuttle Discovery placed the Hubble Space Telescope, a long-term space-based observatory, into a low orbit around Earth. (1990)

Actress Ginger Rogers, best known for the 10 films she made with her dance partner Fred Astaire, died. (1995)

At least 300 people were killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern US since the 1974 Super Outbreak. (2011)

7.8-magnitude earthquake near Kathmandu in Nepal killed 8000, left over 100,000 homeless, and destroyed many historic sites. (2015)


About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.
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