2021 April

April 25: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 25

April 25th observes World Penguin Day as well as DNA Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the 115th day of the year! We still have 250 days left of this year.

People who were born on April 25th all share the Taurus star sign.

It’s no secret that April 25 has been an important date in history; it’s given us so many new inventions, movies, and even been an important day for business… however, it also witnessed a devastating disaster. Here we’ll look at what historical events happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1947, President Harry Truman opened a bowling alley in the White House? It was built in the West Wing and was only two lanes wide.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 25th in history!

What Happened On April 25 In History?


Kathmandu, Nepal was devastated by a major earthquake.

The 7.8 magnitude quake broke out at 11:56 am locally. Nearly 9,000 people lost their lives, while 30,000 were injured. 3.5 million homes were destroyed, and the total damage was a staggering $10 billion.

Germany banned the denial of Nazi genocide against Jewish people during the Holocaust.


The first practical silicon solar cell was demonstrated by Bell Labs in New Jersey, US.

Although the efficiency to convert sunlight into electricity was only 6% this was a notable improvement on any other demonstrations.

Francis Crick & James Watson’s discovery of the double helix structure of DNA was formally announced.

It was published in Nature Magazine on this day, and the article revolutionized the study of biology and medicine.

President Harry Truman opened the two lane White House bowling alley.


Porsche was officially added to the commercial register in Germany.

They would grow to be one of the most famous car manufacturers in the world.
Source Porsche

New York state became the first to require license plates on automobiles.

OTD in 1901: New York state became the first to require license plates on automobiles.
These early day plates displayed the driver's initials.

The Thornton Affair, a skirmish between American and Mexican soldiers in Texas, started a chain of events that lead to the Mexican-American War.

The battle happened 20 miles (32 km) west upriver from Zachary Taylor's camp in Corpus Christi, along the Rio Grande. Mexican and American forces were occupying disputed land between Texas and Mexico and Taylor's Occupational Force was attacked by Mexican soldiers discovered them in those disputed territories.

A highwayman, Nicolas Pelletier, was the first man to be executed by the guillotine in Paris, France.

OTD in 1792: A highwayman

The Chongzhen Emperor died by suicide during a peasant rebellion.

Zhu Youjian, the Chongzhen Emperor, was the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty.

Did you know that on this day, April 25th 1947, President Harry Truman opened a bowling alley in the White House?