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On This Day:
Wednesday April 25, 2007
This is the 115th day of the year, with 250 days remaining in 2007.

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Events
1558 - Mary, Queen of Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis II.
1704 - The first regularly issued American newspaper, "the Boston News Letter," started publication.
1792 - The national anthem of France, "La Marseillaise," was composed by Captain Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
1800 - The Library of Congress was established. President John Adams approved the appropriation of $5,000 for the purchase of "such books as may be necessary for the use of congress."
1833 - A patent was granted for first soda fountain to Jacob Ebert of Cadiz, Ohio and George Dulty of Wheeling, West Virginia .
1898 - Spain declared war on the United States, rejecting the U.S. ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
1915 - The Ottoman Turkish Empire began a mass deportation of Armenians during World War I.
1916 - The Irish Republican Brotherhood or Sinn Fein, Irish nationalists led by Patrick Pearse, launched the so-called Easter Rebellion, an armed uprising against British rule.
1953 - Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1961 - President John F. Kennedy accepted "sole responsibility" for the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.
1962 - MIT executed the first satellite relay of a TV signal.
1970 - China launched its first satellite.
1980 - An ill-fated military operation to rescue the 52 American hostages held in Tehran ended with eight U.S. servicemen dead and no hostages rescued.
1981 - The IBM Personal Computer was introduced.
1990 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

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