Today is Saturday, April 25, the 116th day of 2020. There are 250 days left in the year.

Memory Lane

Sixty years ago: An earthquake that hit the southern part of Iran was said to have taken the lives of more than 3,000 people. More than 300 children were killed when two school buildings collapsed.

Fifty years ago: The Hastings Board of Education gave unanimous approval to a $6,500 base salary for city school teachers for the 1970-71 school year. The increase was 9.2 percent and increased the district’s budget by $211,136.

Forty years ago: Kearney County Sheriff G.R. “Pete” Petersen called the allegations made against him by circulators of a recall petition absurd.

Thirty years ago: A tornado damaged a farm belonging to Ralph and Annie Stepp near Smith Center, Kan.

Twenty years ago: Robert Parminter, who graduated from Hastings College in 1977, was shot to death after pulling a woman he did not know from a burning car near Palmyra. The woman he rescued was also shot to death.

Ten years ago: About 100 people re-enacted the 1883 McCormick Hall groundbreaking in which community members planted more than 200 trees by planting more trees and flowers on the campus.

One year ago: The Hastings Family YMCA was offering a free one-year membership to all fifth-graders who would be sixth-graders in the 2019-20 school year.

Highlight in history

On April 25, 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany’s defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries gathered in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

On this date

In 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term “America,” in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.

In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal.

In 1874, radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was born in Bologna, Italy.

In 1898, the United States Congress declared war on Spain; the 10-week conflict resulted in an American victory.

In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Empire out of the war.

In 1917, legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia.

In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.

In 1983, 10-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, received a reply from Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov to a letter she’d written expressing her concerns about nuclear war; Andropov gave assurances that the Soviet Union did not want war, and invited Samantha to visit his country, a trip she made in July.

In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in orbit from the space shuttle Discovery. (It was later discovered that the telescope’s primary mirror was flawed, requiring the installation of corrective components to achieve optimal focus.)

In 1992, Islamic forces in Afghanistan took control of most of the capital of Kabul following the collapse of the Communist government.

In 1995, show business legend Ginger Rogers died in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 83.

In 2002, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of the Grammy-winning trio TLC died in an SUV crash in Honduras; she was 30.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama made a pilgrimage to Billy Graham’s mountainside home, concluding his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting with the ailing evangelist who had counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower. An al-Qaida front group in Iraq confirmed the deaths of its two top leaders a week after a raid by Iraqi and U.S. security forces on the leaders’ safe house near Tikrit, north of Baghdad. British writer Alan Sillitoe, 82, died in London.

Five years ago: A magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,200 people. Families of soldiers, leaders and visitors gathered in Turkey near former battlefields, honoring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I on the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion. Italy celebrated the 70th anniversary of a partisan uprising against the Nazis and their Fascist allies near the end of World War II.

One year ago: Former Vice President Joe Biden entered the Democratic presidential race, declaring the fight against Donald Trump to be a “battle for the soul of this nation.” Russian President Vladimir Putin began a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in the Russian city of Vladivostok; Putin said Kim told him that he was willing to give up nuclear weapons, but only in exchange for ironclad security guarantees. The Arizona Cardinals led off the NFL draft by selecting Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner.

Sources: The Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Assn. and World Almanac Education Group

Today in Sports

In 1950, Chuck Cooper became the first African American drafted into the NBA when he was selected by the Boston Celtics with the first pick of the second round.

Quote of the day

“No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”

— Edward R. Murrow

Fact of the day

In 1901, New York became the first state to begin requiring automobile license plates.

Number of the day

26,723 — nautical miles traveled by the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton during its 60-day, 21-hour submerged circumnavigation of the world, completed on this day in 1960.


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