On April 25…

1719 – Daniel Defoe published The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.

 

1831 – The New York and Harlem Railway was incorporated in New York City. 

1859 – At Port Said, Egypt, ground is broken for the Suez Canal.

 

1874 – Guglielmo Marconi, inventor who helped propel wireless communications, was born in Bologna, Italy.

 

1908 – Journalist Edward R. Murrow was born in Greensboro, NC.

 

1917 – Singer Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, VA.

 

1928 – The Seeing Eye foundation presented its first dog, Buddy, to Morris S. Frank.

 

1954 – The prototype manufacture of a new solar battery was announced by the Bell Laboratories in New York City.

 

1959 – The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to traffic, saving shippers millions of dollars in transportation costs.

 

1967 – Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the United States.  The law was limited to therapeutic abortions when agreed to, unanimously, by a panel of three physicians.

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