What Happened on April 25


Historical Events

1792 – “La Marseillaise”, later the national anthem of France, is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg
1945 – Clandestine Radio 1212, used to hoax Nazi Germany’s final transmission
1945 – 45 countries convene UN Conference on Intl Organization in San Francisco
1983 – Portugal’s Mário Soares’ Partido Socialista wins parliamentary election
1993 – NFL Draft: Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe first pick by New England Patriots
2018 – Danish inventor Peter Madsen found guilty of killing and desecrating body of journalist Kim Wall aboard submarine, sentenced to life imprisonment

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Famous Birthdays

1824 – Gustave Boulanger, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1888)
1897 – Paula Trueman, American actress (Dirty Dancing), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
1906 – Zoltán Gárdonyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1986)
1907 – Vasily Pavlovich Solov’yov-Sedoy, Russian composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1979)
1969 – Gina Torres, American actress (Firefly, Suits), born in NYC, New York
1977 – Matthew West, American Christian musician and singer (“Happy”), born in Downers Grove, Illinois

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Famous Deaths

1926 – Ellen Key, Swedish author and feminist (Courageous Woman), dies at 76
1960 – Ilmari Krohn, Finnish composer, dies at 92
1988 – Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter, sister of Aretha, dies of cancer at 43
2013 – Jacob Avshalomov, Russian-American composer (Symphony of Songs; The Oregon), conductor (Portland Youth Philharmonic, 1954-91), and pedagogue, dies at 94
2013 – Virginia Gibson, American actress, dies at 88
2020 – Richard Divila, Brazilian motorsports designer (Fittipaldi Automotive; Ligier, Nissan), dies at 74

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