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On This Day in History - 25th April

Birthdays

1599Oliver Cromwell, English civil war leader & Lord Protector
1840Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer
1874Guglielmo Marconi, Inventor of radio
1918Ella Fitzgerald, US jazz singer
1939Earl of Lichfield, Photographer
1940Al Pacino, American film actor; 'Scent of a Woman'
1946Talia Shire, American actress; 'Rocky' films
1947Johann Cruyff, Dutch footballer

Events

1744Andre Celcius, inventor of the centigrade thermometer, died
1792The guillotine was used for the first time in France on a highwayman
1859Work began on the Suez Canal, Egypt
1915Australian & New Zealand forces landed at Gallipoli
1959The St. Lawrence Seaway, Canada, was officially opened by the Queen
1964The head of the 'Little Mermaid' statue in Copenhagen harbour was stolen
1969After 21 years 'Mrs Dales Diary' radio programme ended
1981Britain was hit by the worst blizzards this century
1986In the UK, Libyan trainee pilots & aircraft engineers were banned from finishing their courses