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Events

  • 2007 – Boris Yeltsin's funeral: The first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.
  • 1990 – Violeta Chamorro takes office as the President of Nicaragua, the first woman to hold the position.
  • 1983 – American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war.
  • 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.
  • 1961 – Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.
  • 1960 – The United States Navy submarine USS Triton completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
  • 1959 – The Saint Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping.
  • 1954 – The first practical solar cell is publicly demonstrated by Bell Telephone Laboratories.
  • 1945 – Elbe Day: United States and Soviet troops meet in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in two.
  • 1916 – Anzac Day is commemorated for the first time on the first anniversary of the landing at ANZAC Cove.
  • 1901 – New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.
  • 1898 – Spanish–American War: The United States declares war on Spain.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Marks' Mills.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Forces under U.S. Admiral David Farragut demand the surrender of the Confederate city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 1846 – Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican–American War.
  • 1792 – Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine.
  • 1134 – The name Zagreb was mentioned for the first time in the Felician Charter relating to the establishment of the Zagreb Bishopric around 1094.

Births

  • 1993 – Alex Bowman, American race car driver. He has competed in the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series, finishing 11th in the latter series' 2013 standings.
  • 1991 – Alex Shibutani, American ice dancer. The Shibutanis have also won six titles on the Grand Prix series and a silver medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships.
  • 1987 – Jay Park, American-South Korean singer-songwriter and dancer. Jay Park (Korean name: Park Jae-beom (Hangul: 박재범; Hanja: 朴載範); born April 25, 1987) is a Korean American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, choreographer, entrepreneur, actor, member of the Seattle-based b-boy crew Art of Movement (AOM), and founder and CEO of the independent hip hop record labels AOMG and H1ghr Music.
  • 1987 – Johann Smith, American soccer player. Johann Smith (born April 25, 1987 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a former American soccer player who played as a forward, winger, and left back.
  • 1986 – Gwen Jorgensen, American triathlete. mile: 4:39.43 i 3000 m: 9:10.12 i 5000 m: 15:15.64 i 10000 m: 31:55.68 Half marathon: 1:10:58
  • 1984 – Robert Andino, American baseball player. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Florida/Miami Marlins, and Seattle Mariners.
  • 1983 – DeAngelo Williams, American football player. He starred in a dual role in Carolina alongside Jonathan Stewart, until Williams' release in the 2014 offseason.
  • 1982 – Brian Barton, American baseball player. Brian Deon Barton (born April 25, 1982) is an American former professional outfielder.
  • 1981 – Dwone Hicks, American football player. He played college football at Middle Tennessee State.
  • 1977 – Marguerite Moreau, American actress and producer. She is best known for her role as Jesse Reeves in the fantasy horror film Queen of the Damned, Katie in the comedy Wet Hot American Summer, and her role in The Mighty Ducks series of films.
  • 1977 – Matthew West, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor. He was nominated for five Dove Awards in 2005, two of which were for his major label debut album, Happy.
  • 1976 – Tim Duncan, American basketball player. Timothy Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) He spent his entire 19-year playing career with the Spurs.
  • 1975 – Jacque Jones, American baseball player and coach. Jacque Dewayne Jones (born April 25, 1975) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and Florida Marlins.
  • 1971 – Brad Clontz, American baseball player, was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1995–2000.
  • 1969 – Darren Woodson, American football player and sportscaster. He was drafted by the Cowboys in the second round (37th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft out of Arizona State University.
  • 1969 – Joe Buck, American sportscaster. Since 1996, he has served as the play-by-play announcer for the World Series, each year, with the exceptions of 1997 and 1999.
  • 1969 – Renée Zellweger, American actress and producer. Zellweger was one of the highest-paid actresses in the world by 2007 and was named Hasty Pudding Theatricals's Woman of the Year in 2009.
  • 1967 – Angel Martino, American swimmer. Angelina Myers Martino (born April 25, 1967), now known as Angel Sims, is an American former competition swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.
  • 1966 – Erik Pappas, American baseball player and coach. Louis Cardinals.
  • 1965 – Eric Avery, American bass player and songwriter. Eric Adam Avery (born April 25, 1965) is an American musician.
  • 1964 – Hank Azaria, American actor, voice artist, comedian and producer. After attending Tufts University, he joined the series with little voice acting experience, but became a regular in its second season, with many of his performances on the show being based on famous actors and characters.
  • 1963 – Joy Covey, American businesswoman (d. 2013), was an American business executive, best known as Amazon's first chief financial officer.
  • 1961 – Dinesh D'Souza, Indian-American journalist and author. Dinesh Joseph D'Souza (/dɪˈnɛʃ dəˈsuːzə/; born April 25, 1961) is an Indian-born American author, filmmaker, and conspiracy theorist, often described as a far right political provocateur.
  • 1960 – Paul Baloff, American singer (d. 2002), was an American singer, most notable for his time in thrash metal band Exodus.
  • 1959 – Tony Phillips, American baseball player (d. 2016), was an American professional baseball utility player who had an 18-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career from 1982 to 1999. He played regularly at second base, but also had significant time as a shortstop and third baseman.
  • 1955 – Zev Siegl, American businessman, co-founded Starbucks. Zev Siegl is an American keynote speaker and presenter.
  • 1954 – Randy Cross, American football player and sportscaster. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
  • 1953 – Ron Clements, American animator, producer, and screenwriter. He often collaborates with fellow director John Musker.
  • 1947 – Jeffrey DeMunn, American actor. Jeffrey DeMunn (born April 25, 1947) is an American stage, film and television actor known for playing Captain Esteridge in The Hitcher (1986), Sheriff Herb Geller in The Blob (1988), Andrei Chikatilo in Citizen X (1995), Harry Terwilliger in The Green Mile (1999), Dale Horvath in The Walking Dead (2010–2012) and Chuck Rhoades, Sr. in Billions (2016–present).
  • 1946 – Talia Shire, American actress. Talia Rose Shire (née Coppola; born April 25, 1946) is an American actress best known for her roles as Connie Corleone in The Godfather films and Adrian Balboa in the Rocky series.
  • 1945 – Richard C. Hoagland, American theorist and author. Richard Charles Hoagland (born April 25, 1945), is an American author, and a proponent of various conspiracy theories about NASA, lost alien civilizations on the Moon and on Mars and other related topics.
  • 1945 – Stu Cook, American bass player, songwriter, and producer. Stuart Alden Cook (born April 25, 1945) is an American bass guitarist, best known for his work in the rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, for which he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • 1942 – Jon Kyl, American lawyer and politician. Jon Llewellyn Kyl (/ˈkaɪl/; born April 25, 1942) is an American politician who served as a United States Senator for Arizona from 1995 to 2013 and again in 2018.
  • 1940 – Al Pacino, American actor and director. He has also been honoured with the AFI Life Achievement Award, the Cecil B.
  • 1938 – Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist and engineer (d. 2012), was an American mechanical engineer, fluid dynamicist, and an aerodynamicist. He is best known for having raised strenuous objections to the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger months before the loss of the spacecraft and its crew in January 1986.
  • 1935 – Bob Gutowski, American pole vaulter (d. 1960), was an American athlete who competed mainly in the pole vault. He competed for the United States in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia in the Pole Vault where he won the silver medal behind Bob Richards' second consecutive gold medal, after finishing fourth in the US Olympic Trials and only getting to the games on the withdrawal of Jim Graham.
  • 1933 – Jerry Leiber, American songwriter and producer (d. 2011). Lyricist Jerome Leiber (April 25, 1933 – August 22, 2011) and composer Michael Stoller (born March 13, 1933) were American songwriting and record producing partners.
  • 1933 – Joyce Ricketts, American baseball player (d. 1992), was a right fielder who played from 1953 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
  • 1932 – Meadowlark Lemon, African-American basketball player and minister (d. 2015), was an American basketball player, actor, and Christian minister (ordained in 1986). From 1994, he served Meadowlark Lemon Ministries in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • 1930 – Paul Mazursky, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2014), was an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. Known for his dramatic comedies that often dealt with modern social issues, he was nominated for five Academy Awards: three times for Best Original Screenplay, once for Best Adapted Screenplay, and once for Best Picture for An Unmarried Woman (1978).
  • 1928 – Cy Twombly, American-Italian painter and sculptor (d. 2011), was an American painter, sculptor and photographer. He belonged to the generation of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.
  • 1926 – Johnny Craig, American author and illustrator (d. 2001), was an American comic book artist notable for his work with the EC Comics line of the 1950s. He sometimes used the pseudonyms Jay Taycee and F.
  • 1923 – Albert King, African-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1992), was an American blues guitarist and singer whose playing influenced many other blues guitarists. He is perhaps best known for the popular and influential album Born Under a Bad Sign (1967) and its title track.
  • 1918 – Astrid Varnay, Swedish-American soprano and actress (d. 2006), was a Swedish-born American dramatic soprano of Hungarian descent. She spent most of her career in the United States and Germany.
  • 1918 – Gérard de Vaucouleurs, French-American astronomer and academic (d. 1995), was a French astronomer.
  • 1917 – Ella Fitzgerald, American singer (d. 1996), was an American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.
  • 1916 – Jerry Barber, American golfer (d. 1994), was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour. He had seven wins on tour, including a major title, the PGA Championship in 1961.
  • 1915 – Mort Weisinger, American journalist and author (d. 1978), was an American magazine and comic book editor best known for editing DC Comics' Superman during the mid-1950s to 1960s, in the Silver Age of comic books. He also co-created such features as Aquaman, Green Arrow, Johnny Quick, and the original Vigilante, served as story editor for the Adventures of Superman television series, and compiled the often-revised paperback 1001 Valuable Things You Can Get Free.
  • 1914 – Ross Lockridge, Jr., American author and academic (d. 1948), was an American writer who sprang into the public consciousness in 1948 with the publication of his historical novel Raintree County (1948). The novel, which quickly became a bestseller, was widely praised by readers and critics alike.
  • 1912 – Earl Bostic, African-American saxophonist (d. 1965), was an American jazz alto saxophonist and a pioneer of the post-war American rhythm and blues style. He had a number of popular hits such as "Flamingo", "Harlem Nocturne", "Temptation", "Sleep", "Special Delivery Stomp" and "Where or When", which all showed off his characteristic growl on the horn.
  • 1909 – William Pereira, American architect, designed the Transamerica Pyramid (d. 1985), was an American architect from Chicago, Illinois, who was noted for his futuristic designs of landmark buildings such as the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco. Remarkably prolific, he worked out of Los Angeles, and was known for his love of science fiction and expensive cars, but mostly for his unmistakable style of architecture, which helped define the look of mid-20th century America.
  • 1908 – Edward R. Murrow, American journalist (d. 1965), was an American broadcast journalist and war correspondent. He first gained prominence during World War II with a series of live radio broadcasts from Europe for the news division of CBS.
  • 1906 – William J. Brennan, Jr., American colonel and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (d. 1997), was an American judge who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1956 to 1990. As the seventh longest-serving justice in Supreme Court history, he was known for being a leader of the Court's liberal wing.
  • 1902 – Mary Miles Minter, American actress (d. 1984). She appeared in 53 silent era films from 1912 to 1923.
  • 1900 – Wolfgang Pauli, Austrian-Swiss-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958), was an Austrian-born Swiss and American theoretical physicist and one of the pioneers of quantum physics. In 1945, after having been nominated by Albert Einstein, Pauli received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his "decisive contribution through his discovery of a new law of Nature, the exclusion principle or Pauli principle".
  • 1898 – Fred Haney, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1977). Fred Girard Haney (April 25, 1896 – November 9, 1977) was an American third baseman, manager, coach and executive in Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1892 – Maud Hart Lovelace, American author (d. 1980), was an American author best known for the Betsy-Tacy series.
  • 1878 – William Merz, American gymnast and triathlete (d. 1946). He died in Overland, Missouri.
  • 1874 – Guglielmo Marconi, Italian businessman and inventor, developed Marconi's law, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1937), was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission, development of Marconi's law, and a radio telegraph system. He is credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy".
  • 1873 – Howard Garis, American creator of the Uncle Wiggily series of children's stories (d. 1962), was an American author, best known for a series of books that featured the character of Uncle Wiggily Longears, an engaging elderly rabbit. Many of his books were illustrated by Lansing Campbell.
  • 1868 – John Moisant, American pilot and engineer (d. 1910), was an American aviator, aeronautical engineer, flight instructor, businessman, and revolutionary. As a pilot, he was the first to conduct passenger flights over a city (Paris), as well as across the English Channel, from Paris to London.
  • 1854 – Charles Sumner Tainter, American engineer and inventor (d. 1940), was an American scientific instrument maker, engineer and inventor, best known for his collaborations with Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell, Alexander's father-in-law Gardiner Hubbard, and for his significant improvements to Thomas Edison's phonograph, resulting in the Graphophone, one version of which was the first Dictaphone.

Deaths

  • 2015 – Don Mankiewicz, American screenwriter and novelist (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Jim Fanning, American-Canadian baseball player and manager (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – Mike Phillips, American basketball player (b. 1956)
  • 2014 – Barbara Fiske Calhoun, American cartoonist and painter (b. 1919)
  • 2014 – Earl Morrall, American football player and coach (b. 1934)
  • 2014 – William Judson Holloway, Jr., American soldier, lawyer, and judge (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Jacob Avshalomov, American composer and conductor (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Rick Camp, American baseball player (b. 1953)
  • 2012 – Charles G. Hall, American photographer and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Denny Jones, American rancher and politician (b. 1910)
  • 2012 – Moscelyne Larkin, American ballerina and educator (b. 1925)
  • 2010 – Dorothy Provine, American actress and singer (b. 1935)
  • 2009 – Bea Arthur, American actress and singer (b. 1922)
  • 2007 – Bobby Pickett, American singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2006 – Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist (b. 1916)
  • 2005 – Jim Barker, American politician (b. 1935)
  • 2004 – Thom Gunn, English-American poet and academic (b. 1929)
  • 2002 – Lisa Lopes, American rapper and dancer (b. 1971)
  • 2000 – David Merrick, American director and producer (b. 1911)
  • 1999 – Roger Troutman, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1951)
  • 1998 – Wright Morris, American author and photographer (b. 1910)
  • 1996 – Saul Bass, American graphic designer and director (b. 1920)
  • 1995 – Art Fleming, American game show host (b. 1925)
  • 1995 – Ginger Rogers, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1911)
  • 1990 – Dexter Gordon, American saxophonist, composer, and actor (b. 1923)
  • 1988 – Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 1988 – Clifford D. Simak, American journalist and author (b. 1904)
  • 1983 – William S. Bowdern, American priest and author (b. 1897)
  • 1982 – John Cody, American cardinal (b. 1907)
  • 1973 – Olga Grey, Hungarian-American actress (b. 1896)
  • 1970 – Anita Louise, American actress (b. 1915)
  • 1961 – Robert Garrett, American discus thrower and shot putter (b. 1875)
  • 1944 – George Herriman, American cartoonist (b. 1880)
  • 1944 – Tony Mullane, Irish-American baseball player (b. 1859)
  • 1944 – William Stephens, American engineer and politician, 24th Governor of California (b. 1859)
  • 1919 – Augustus D. Juilliard, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1836)
  • 1915 – Frederick W. Seward, American journalist, lawyer, and politician, 6th United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1830)
  • 1906 – John Knowles Paine, American composer and educator (b. 1839)
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