27 fun facts for April, 25

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
April 25th is a day full of historical events and notable observances, including the beginning of the Spanish-American War, the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. It's also a day recognized for honoring those who served on Anzac Day, the discovery of DNA's double-helix structure, and the annual northward migration of Adélie penguins on World Penguin Day.
27 Fun facts
  1. April 25, 1898: The Spanish-American War began on this day when the US Declaration of War, signed by President William McKinley, was passed in response to Spain's alleged mistreatment of Cuba.
  2. April 25, 1901: New York becomes the first state to require license plates in the US, which were made of leather with house numbers attached.
  3. April 25, 1913: Woolworth Building opens in New York City. At the time, it was the world's tallest skyscraper - a title it held for 17 years.
  4. April 25, 1953: The double-helix structure of DNA is published in Nature by James Watson and Francis Crick, revolutionizing the study of genetics.
  5. April 25, 1959: The St. Lawrence Seaway, a system of locks and waterways, was officially opened. It enables ships to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, revolutionizing trade between the US and Canada.
  6. April 25, 1960: The first submerged circumnavigation of the Earth is completed by the USS Triton, a US Navy nuclear-powered submarine.
  7. April 25, 1961: Robert Noyce received a patent for a semiconductor device that ultimately became known as the silicon chip, paving the way for the technology we know today.
  8. April 25, 1973: In Spain, school attendance is declared compulsory for children aged 6-14 years old, ensuring that every child receives a minimum level of education.
  9. April 25, 1974: Portugal's Carnation Revolution occurs, ultimately leading to the transition from an authoritarian regime to a democratic one with minimal violence and loss of life.
  10. April 25, 1976: During a baseball game in Los Angeles, Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday saves the American flag from being burned by protestors in the outfield.
  11. April 25, 1982: Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula, returning the area to Egypt and fulfilling its obligations under the 1979 Peace Treaty.
  12. April 25, 1983: Pioneer 10, a robotic space probe launched by NASA, becomes the first spacecraft to travel beyond the orbit of Pluto.
  13. April 25, 1984: David Anthony Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, is found dead from a drug overdose in a hotel room.
  14. April 25, 1990: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, revolutionizing astronomy with its massive contributions to our understanding of the universe.
  15. April 25, 2005: The first YouTube video, titled "Me at the zoo," is uploaded by co-founder Jawed Karim.
  16. April 25, 2007: Boris Yeltsin's funeral was the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since Tsar Alexander III's death in 1894.
  17. April 25, 2011: Renowned Oprah Winfrey hosts her final show after 25 successful years on the air.
  18. April 25, 2012: South Africa introduces its Township and Rural Tourism Policy aimed at promoting South African townships as cultural and tourist destinations.
  19. April 25, 2019: Japan's Emperor Akihito begins the first imperial abdication in Japan in over 200 years.
  20. April 25th is Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand commemorating those who served and died in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
  21. April 25th is National Barber Day in the US, celebrating the art of barbers and the services they provide to keep people looking groomed and stylish.
  22. April 25th is DNA Day, which commemorates the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953.
  23. April 25th is National Telephone Day, honoring the day that Alexander Graham Bell received the patent for the invention of the telephone in 1876.
  24. April 25th is World Malaria Day, an international observance that recognizes global efforts to control malaria and spread awareness about the preventable and treatable disease.
  25. April 25th is National Parental Alienation Awareness Day in the US, observed to increase awareness about the issue of parental alienation in divorced or separated families.
  26. April 25th is World Penguin Day, celebrated on this day since it is the annual northward migration time for Adélie penguins.
  27. April 25th is National East Meets West Day, also known as Elbe Day, commemorating the historic meeting of Soviet and American troops at the Elbe River in Germany during World War II.