April 25


1684 – A patent was granted for the thimble.

1846 – The Mexican-American War ignited as a result of disputes over claims to Texas boundaries. The outcome of the war fixed Texas’ southern boundary at the Rio Grande River.

1898 – The U.S. declared war on Spain. Spain had declared war on the U.S. the day before.

1901 – The Detroit Tigers played their first game at home as a major league team against the Milwaukee Brewers at Bennett Park.

1901 – New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.

1928 – A seeing eye dog was used for the first time.

1940 – W2XBS (now WCBS-TV) in New York, NY, presented the first circus on TV.

1953 – U.S. Senator Wayne Morse ended the longest speech in Senate history. The speech on the Offshore Oil Bill lasted 22 hours and 26 minutes.

1953 – Dr. James D. Watson and Dr. Francis H.C. Crick suggested the double helix structure of DNA.

1954 – The first practical solar cell is publicly demonstrated by Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York, NY.

1959 – St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping. The water way connects the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.

1961 – Robert Noyce was granted a patent for the integrated circuit.

1962 – The U.S. spacecraft, Ranger, crashed on the Moon.

1963 – Amway held their first International Sales Convention.

1966 – Jack Valenti, an aide to President Lyndon Johnson, was hired as the head of the Motion Picture Association of America a position he holds for 38 years. While there, he creates movie ratings.

1982 – Jane Fonda released her first workout video.

1983 – The Pioneer 10 spacecraft crossed Pluto’s orbit, speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky Way.

1990 – The U.S. Hubble Space Telescope was placed into Earth’s orbit. It was released by the Space Shuttle Discovery.

1998 – First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was questioned by Whitewater prosecutors on videotape about her work as a private lawyer for the failed savings and loan at the center of the investigation.

2000 – In a move to preserve public areas, the National Park Service prohibits the recreational use of snowmobiles in nearly all national parks, monuments and recreational areas.

2003 – Southwest Airlines fired two pilots for “inappropriate conduct” after they removed most of their clothes in the cockpit of a Boeing 737.

2005 – “Runaway Bride” Jennifer Wilbanks turned up in Albuquerque, NM after claiming she had been abducted.

2007 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000 for the first time.



Al Pacino 1940 – Actor (“Scent of a Woman”, “Glengarry Glen Ross”, “Dick Tracy”, “And Justice for All”, “Dog Day Afternoon”, “The Godfather”, “The Godfather
2, “Serpico”)

Stu Cook 1945 – Musician (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Bjorn Ulvaeus 1945 – Musician (ABBA)

Talia Shire 1946 – Actress (“The Godfather”, “Rocky” movies)

Jeffrey DeMunn 1947 – Actor (“The Green Mile”, “The Shawshank Redemption,” TV’s “The Walking Dead”)

Steve Ferrone 1950 – Musican (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Duran Duran, Average White Band)

Hank Azaria 1964 – Actor (provides numerous voices for TV’s “The Simpsons”, “Mad About You”, movie “Godzilla”)

Andy Bell 1964 – Musician (Erasure)

Eric Avery 1965 – Musician (Jane’s Addiction)

James Barbour 1966 – Actor, singer (“A Tale of Two Cities”)

Jane Clayson 1967 – Journalist (TV’s “Good Morning America”, “World News Tonight”)

Joe Buck 1969 – Play-by-play announcer

Renée Zellweger 1969 – Actress (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”, “Chicago”, “Cold Mountain”, “New in Town”, “Down With Love”, “Miss Potter”, “Cinderella Man”, “Me Myself and Irene”, “Nurse Betty”, “One True Thing”, “Jerry Maguire”)

Jason Lee 1970 – Actor (TV’s “My Name is Earl”, “Memphis Beat”, movies “Vanilla Sky”, “Chasing Amy”, “Mallrats”, “Almost Famous”, “Dogma”, “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back”)

Emily Bergl 1975 – Actress (“The Rage: Carrie 2”)

Sara Paxton 1988 – Actress (TV’s “Darcy’s Wild Life”, “Summerland”, movies “Aquamarine”, “Return to Halloweentown”, “Sydney White”, “Superhero Movie”, “The Last House on the Left”, “The Innkeepers”




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