Today is Monday, April 25, the 116th day of 2016 with 250 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include Oliver Cromwell, lord protector of England, in 1599; Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio telegraph, in 1874; U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1906; pioneer broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow in 1908; singer Ella Fitzgerald in 1917; former Harlem Globetrotters basketball player George "Meadowlark" Lemon III in 1932 (age 84); composer Jerry Leiber in 1933; actor Al Pacino in 1940 (age 76); actor Talia Shire in 1946 (age 70); actor Hank Azaria in 1964 (age 52); sports broadcaster Joe Buck in 1969 (age 47); actor Renee Zellweger in 1969 (age 47); actor Jason Lee in 1970 (age 46); champion skier Anja Paerson in 1981 (age 35)
On this date in history:
In 1507, German geographer and mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller published a book in which he named the newly discovered continent of the New World "America" after the man he mistakenly thought had discovered it, Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.
In 1792, "La Marseillaise," composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, became the French national anthem.
In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal at Port Said, Egypt.
In 1862, Union forces captured New Orleans during the Civil War.
In 1901, New York became the first state to require license plates on automobiles.
In 1939, Batman was introduced in DC Comics' Detective Comics No. 27.
In 1945, delegates of 46 countries gathered in San Francisco to organize a permanent United Nations.
In 1967, the first law legalizing abortion in the United States was signed into law by Colorado Gov. John Arthur Love.
In 1982, Israel turned over the final third of the occupied Sinai Peninsula to Egypt under the Camp David peace agreement.
In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was released into space by astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery.
In 1991, the United States announced its first financial aid to Hanoi since the 1960s: $1 million to make artificial limbs for Vietnamese disabled during the war.
In 1993, an estimated 300,000 people took part in a gay rights march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
In 1995, regular-season play by Major League Baseball teams got underway, the first official action since what was then the longest strike in sports history began in August 1994.
In 2000, Vermont approved a measure legalizing "civil unions" among same-sex couples, becoming the first U.S. state to give homosexual couples the same legal status as heterosexual married couples.
In 2005, the crash of a commuter train near Osaka, Japan, killed more than 70 people and injured about 300 others.
In 2011, nearly 800 classified U.S. military documents released by WikiLeaks revealed details about the alleged terrorist activities of al-Qaida operatives held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
In 2012, Gov. Daniel P. Malloy, saying the "system of justice is very imperfect," signed a bill making the death penalty illegal in Connecticut.
In 2013, the George W. Bush Presidential Library was dedicated on the Southern Methodist University campus.
In 2014, in a World Malaria Day message, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the global mortality rate from the disease had been reduced by more than 40 percent since 2000 but it still kills a half-million people each year, most of them "small children, under 5 years old, living in sub-Saharan Africa."
A thought for the day: "History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside." -- John F. Kennedy