Thousands of people march through the streets of Baltimore during a demonstration on April 25, 2015, to protest the mistreatment and ultimate death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. File Photo Ken Cedeno/UPI |
President George W. Bush delivers remarks at the dedication of his Presidential Library in Dallas on April 25, 2013. File Photo by Ian Halperin/UPI |
The Eiffel Tower is lit by fireworks on Bastille Day in Paris July 14. On April 25, 1792, “La Marseillaise,” composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, became the French national anthem. File Photo by Maya Vidon-White/UPI |
Nepalesep walk in front of collapsed buildings in Kathmandu, which was damaged in the earthquake April 25, 2015. File Photo by Sanjog Manandhar/UPI |
April 25 (UPI) — On this date in history:
In 1507, German geographer and mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller published a book in which he named the newly discovered continent of the New World “America” after the man he mistakenly thought had discovered it, Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.
In 1792, “La Marseillaise,” composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, became the French national anthem.
In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal at Port Said, Egypt.
In 1901, New York became the first state to require license plates on automobiles.
In 1915, the Battle of Gallipoli began when Allied troops launched an invasion of the Turkish Gallipoli Peninsula, landing at Anzac Cove and Cape Helles. The conflict lasted eight months, two weeks and one day, and ended in an Ottoman victory.
In 1945, delegates of 46 countries gathered in San Francisco to organize a permanent United Nations.
In 1967, the first law legalizing abortion in the United States was signed into law by Colorado Gov. John Arthur Love.
In 1982, Israel turned over the final third of the occupied Sinai Peninsula to Egypt under the Camp David peace agreement.
In 1993, an estimated 300,000 people took part in a gay rights march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
In 2000, Vermont approved a measure legalizing “civil unions” among same-sex couples, becoming the first U.S. state to give same-sex couples the same legal status as traditional married couples.
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In 2005, the crash of a commuter train near Osaka, Japan, killed more than 70 people and injured about 300 others.
In 2011, nearly 800 classified U.S. military documents released by WikiLeaks revealed details about the alleged terrorist activities of al-Qaida operatives held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
In 2013, the George W. Bush Presidential Library was dedicated on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas.
In 2015, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Kathmandu, Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and leaving millions homeless.
In 2015, protests — some violent — broke out in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year old black man, while in police custody.
In 2019, former Vice President Joe Biden announced his campaign to be president in 2020.
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