1719 - Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe, considered to be the first novel of the modern era, is published for the first time
25 April -
Ella Fitzgerald (1917), Al Pacino (1940), and Renée Zellweger (1969) were all born!
25 April 1792 - La Marseilles, the French National Anthem, is written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
1909 - Neal Ball, shortstop for the Cleveland Indians (then Naps), executes the first unassisted triple-play in the modern era of major league baseball against the Boston Red Sox.
(caught line-drive, stepped on second, tagged runner)
2009 - Irish-American author Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, Teacher Man, ‘Tis) dies at age 93.
(b: 1930 || d: 2009)
1799 - The Rosetta Stone is discovered in Egypt by the Napoleonic expeditions. It was brought back to France until 1801, when the British defeated Napoleon and took possession of the stone.
2008 - The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger, breaks the world record for most successful opening weekend, raking in more than $158 million.
EDIT: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has just broken the opening Box Office 3-day weekend
1995 - Current U.S. President Barack Obama’s memoir Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance is first published.
1925 - Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is first published in Germany after he is released from prison.
Mein Kampf or “My Struggle” laid out Hitler’s plans of domination and anti-semetic views.
64 A.D - The city of Rome burns under Emperor Nero, killing hundreds.
Contrary to popular myth, Nero did not play the fiddle / start the fire, as he was in the city of Antium, 35 miles away.