25th April

Born on this Day 25th April
1599 Oliver Cromwell
1913 Earl Bostic
1918 Ella Fitzgerald
1932 William Roache
1940 Al Pacino
1945 Bjorn Ulvaeus
1957 Eric Bristow
1964 Andy Bell
1969 Renee Zellweger

Died on this Day
1744 Anders Celsius
1878 Anna Sewell
1995 Ginger Rogers


1974 The late Doors singer Jim Morrison’s wife Pamela died of an overdose at the age of 27.

1981 Paul McCartney’s band ‘Wings’ disbanded after the departure of Denny Laine

1987 Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ won US awards for Best Pop Video and Best Design and Art Direction.


1956 Unbeaten world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marcian retired unbeaten.

1992 Boxer Chris Eubank held onto his WBO title after defeating the US veteran John Jarvis in the 3rd round of their fight at the G-Mex Centre in Manchester

People & Showbiz

1928 The first BBC radio broadcast of The Budget featured Winston Churchill, Chancellor of the Exchequer

General Events

1792 The guillotine was used for the first tuime, to execute a highwayman named Pelleiter at the Place de Greve in Paris

1983 Annie Chapman celebrated her 109th birthday at the Clapham Hospital in Bedford where she received birthday wishes from her 84 year old son.

1988 A monkey and his owner were arrested in Israel when they were both found drunk in a hotel bar

1990 The 3 week siege at Strangeways prison came to an end when the last 5 rebels were brought down from the roof on a mechanical platform

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