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.

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April 25 has been an important date in history; it’s given us new inventions and movies. 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 fun & interesting facts about April 25th in history!


What memorable events happened on April 25 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Kathmandu, Nepal, was devastated by a major earthquake.

The 7.8 magnitude quake broke out at 11:56 am. 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.


Romania and Bulgaria signed the European Union’s Treaty of Accession, the last step to joining the Union.


Nicaragua elected its first-ever female President, Violeta Chamorro.

OTD in 1990: Nicaragua elected its first-ever female President

Violeta Chamorro was also the first female head of state to be elected in the Americas! Chamorro was elected as the head of a fourteen-party coalition whose goals misaligned so much that she was unable to get very much done during her seven-year term.


The Discovery Space Shuttle deployed the Hubble Space Telescope into low-Earth orbit.

The Hubble mission was a joint operation between NASA and the European Space Agency. Discovery ferried the telescope under mission STS-31, with the deployment of the telescope as its primary objective. During deployment, one of the telescope’s solar arrays got stuck while unfurling, but fortunately, the mission’s ground team found a solution in time.


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


Bell Labs demonstrated the first practical silicon solar cell in New Jersey, US.

Although the efficiency in converting 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.

OTD in 1953: 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.


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 led 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 occupied disputed land between Texas and Mexico, and Taylor’s Occupational Force was attacked by Mexican soldiers who 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.

404 BC

The Peloponnesian war came to an end when Admiral Lysander and his Spartan armies defeated their Athenian foes.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Daniel Sharman? See what other famous people were born on this day.


Daniel Sharman



Daniel Sharman


38 years old

Born In:

England, UK


Al Pacino



Al Pacino


84 years old

Born In:

New York, USA


Sam Fender



Sam Fender


30 years old

Born In:

England, UK


Jason Lee



Jason Lee


54 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Of all of the quotes said on this day, these are the most notable ones said on Apr 25th throughout history.


Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

South African President

Special Holidays

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

April 25: World Penguin Day
United States

World Penguin Day

Penguins are incredibly adorable birds often found around the colder parts of the world. So with today being World Penguin Day, why not learn more about them online or even celebrate by donating to a charity that benefits them?

April 25: National DNA Day
United States

National DNA Day

Today commemorates the day that Francis Crick and James Watson publicly announced their discovery of DNA in 1953. There’s still so much to discover when it comes to DNA, so take the time on DNA day to teach yourself a little bit about it!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Volvo invented the three-point seatbelt, then gave the invention away for free. They decided it was too important of an invention to keep to themselves.

Birthday & Zodiac

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

Taureans tend to be grounded and logical. They love routine, and they like to be fully in control of their own comfort and surroundings. Taurus is the second astrological sign in the zodiac.

People born in April all have the Diamond birthstone. The diamond is said to bring balance, inner strength, and long-lasting relationships.

If you were born on April 25th, you would likely have been conceived on or around August 2nd of the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on this day will likely be born around January 16th, 2025.

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