April 25 in Pop Culture History

25April 25
1644 – The Chongzhen Emperor, the last Emperor of Ming Dynasty China, committed suicide during a peasant rebellion.

1719 – Daniel Defoe’s The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was published.

1792 – Highwayman (thief) Nicolas J. Pelletier became the first person executed by guillotine in Paris, France.

1859 – Ground was broken for opened the Suez Canal by British and French engineers. The 100 mile canal between the Mediterranean and the Red Seas opened ten years later, on November 17, 1869.

1901 – New York became the first US state to require automobile license plates.

1944 – The United Negro College Fund was incorporated.

1947 – President Harry Truman opened the two lane White House bowling alley.

1953 – Francis Crick and James D. Watson published Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid describing the double helix structure of DNA.

1954 – The first practical solar cell was demonstrated by Bell Telephone Laboratories.

1960 – #1 Hit April 25, 1960 – May 22, 1960: Elvis PresleyStuck on You

1961 – The integrated circuit was Patented (#2,981,877) by Robert Noyce.

1970 – #1 Hit April 25, 1970 – May 8, 1970: The Jackson 5ABC

1982 – Israel completed the withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula per the Camp David Accords.

1983 – Pioneer 10 traveled beyond ex-planet Pluto’s orbit.

1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in space from the Space Shuttle Discovery to an orbit 381 miles above Earth.

1992 – #1 Hit April 25, 1992 – June 19, 1992: Kris KrossJump

1992- Growing Pains and Who’s The Boss aired their final episodes

1998 – #1 Hit April 25, 1998 – May 22, 1998: NextToo Close

2015 – #1 Hit April 25, 2015 – June 5, 2015: Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie PuthSee You Again

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