William Brennan, Edward R. Murrow, Tompkins

On this day: April 25
Cuba rift: U.S. declares war on Spain (1898)

U.S. Supreme Court delivers opinion in Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins and overturns a century of federal common law (1938)

As North Vietnamese forces close in on the South Vietnamese capital Saigon, the Australian Embassy is closed and evacuated (1975)

U.S. schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov (1983)

President Barack Obama meets briefly with the Rev. Billy Graham at Graham's home in Montreat, North Carolina (2010)

b: William J. Brennan (1906), Edward R. Murrow (1908), Arnold Miller (1923); d: Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel (1928), Valerie Solanas (1988), Jane Jacobs (2006)

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