On this day in history, April 25

U.S. girl Samantha Smith (center) visiting the USSR upon the invitation of General Secretary Yuri Andropov in all-Union Artek pioneer camp. (Yuryi Abramochkin, Wikipedia/Commons:RIA Novosti)
U.S. girl Samantha Smith (center) visiting the USSR upon the invitation of General Secretary Yuri Andropov in all-Union Artek pioneer camp. (Yuryi Abramochkin, Wikipedia/Commons:RIA Novosti)
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Updated: 4/25/2013 12:43 pm
404 BC – Peloponnesian WarLysander's Spartan Armies defeated the Athenians and the war ends.

1607 – Eighty Years' War: The Dutch fleet destroys the anchored Spanish fleet at Gibraltar.

1644 – The Chongzhen Emperor, the last Emperor of Ming Dynasty China, commits suicide during a peasant rebellion led by Li Zicheng.

1792 – Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine.

1847 – The last survivors of the Donner Party are out of the wilderness.

1859 – British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal.

1898 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain.

1901 – New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.

1944 – The United Negro College Fund is incorporated.

1945 – Fifty nations gather in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations.

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

1960 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.

1961 – Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.

1965 – Teenage sniper Michael Andrew Clark kills three and wounds six others shooting from a hilltop along Highway 101 just south of Santa Maria, California.

1972 – Vietnam War: Nguyen Hue Offensive – The North Vietnamese 320th Division forces 5,000 South Vietnamese troops to retreat and traps about 2,500 others northwest of Kontum.

1981 – More than 100 workers are exposed to radiation during repairs of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Japan.

1982 – Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula per the Camp David Accords.

1983 – American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war.

1983 – Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit.
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