Today in history – April 25, 2019

1846 – Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War.

1862 – Forces under Admiral David Farragut demand the surrender of the Confederate city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

1898 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain.

1901 – New York becomes the first state to require automobile license plates.

1945 – Founding negotiations for the United Nations begin in San Francisco.

1953 – Francis Crick and James Watson published their paper describing the double helix structure of DNA.

1967 – The first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. was signed into law by Colorado Gov. John Love.

1983 – Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto’s orbit.