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Today in History: Friday, April  25, 2014
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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1792Highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by guillotine.
1859Ground was broken for the Suez Canal.
1874Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was born in Bologna, Italy.
1898The United States declared war on Spain.
1901New York became the first state to require automobile license plates.
1915Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Turkish Empire out of World War I.
1945U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, in central Europe, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany.
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1945Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
1959The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.
1972Polaroid Corp. introduced its SX-70 folding camera, which ejected self-developing photographs.
1990Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua, ending 11 years of leftist Sandinista rule.
1990The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the space shuttle Discovery.
1992Islamic forces took control of most of the Afghan capital Kabul following the collapse of the Communist government.
2007The Dow Jones industrial average topped 13,000 for the first time, ending the day at 13,089.89.
2011President Bashar Assad of Syria sent the military into the southern city of Daraa, where an anti-government uprising had begun the previous month.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor Al Pacino turns 74 years old today.
AP Photo/Matt Sayles
NameProfessionAge
Paul MazurskyActor, director84
Meadowlark LemonBasketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)82
Bjorn UlvaeusSinger (ABBA)69
Talia ShireActress68
Hank AzariaActor50
Jane ClaysonTV host47
Gina TorresActress45
Renee ZellwegerActress45
Jason LeeActor ("My Name is Earl")44
Tim DuncanBasketball player38
Sara PaxtonActress26
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. turns 72 years old today.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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