AP Highlight in History: On April 25, 1507, "America" was first used as the name of a continent on a map. German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller used the name in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.
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Highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by guillotine.
Ground was broken for the Suez Canal.
Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was born in Bologna, Italy.
The United States declared war on Spain.
New York became the first state to require automobile license plates.
Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Turkish Empire out of World War I.
U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, in central Europe, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany.
Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.
Polaroid Corp. introduced its SX-70 folding camera, which ejected self-developing photographs.
Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua, ending 11 years of leftist Sandinista rule.
The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the space shuttle Discovery.
Islamic forces took control of most of the Afghan capital Kabul following the collapse of the Communist government.
The Dow Jones industrial average topped 13,000 for the first time, ending the day at 13,089.89.
President Bashar Assad of Syria sent the military into the southern city of Daraa, where an anti-government uprising had begun the previous month.