This Day In History : November 25

2017 United States

Longest Known Frozen Embryo Successfully Born in Tennessee

On November 25, 2017, Emma Wren Gibson made history as the longest known frozen embryo to be successfully delivered in Tennessee. Remarkably, Emma was frozen 24 years prior to her birth, showcasing advancements in reproductive technology and the viability of frozen embryo transfer in assisted reproduction.

Also on This Day in History November 25

Discover what happened on November 25 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, November 25
  • 1816 Lewis Morris Rutherfurd

    American astrophysicist and spectroscopist who made the first telescopes designed for celestial photography.

  • 1783 Claude-Louis Mathieu

    French astronomer and mathematician who worked particularly on the determination of the distances of the stars.

  • 1844 Karl Benz

    Karl Friedrich Benz was a German mechanical engineer who designed and in 1885 built the world's first practical automobile to be powered by an internal-combustion engine.

  • 1841 Ernst Schröder

    Friedrich Wilhelm Karl Ernst Schröder was a German mathematician who was prominent for his studies in algebraic logic, ordered sets, lattice theory, and ordinal numbers.

  • 1814 Robert Mayer

    Julius Robert Mayer was a German physicist who, while a ship's doctor sailing to Java, considered the physics of animal heat.

Deaths on This Day, November 25
  • 1958 Charles F. Kettering

    Charles Franklin Kettering was an American engineer whose 140 patents included the electric starter, car lighting and ignition systems.

  • 1980 Konrad Wachsmann

    German-born American architect notable for his contributions to the mass production of building components.

  • 1936 Édouard (-Jean-Baptiste) Goursat

    French mathematician and theorist whose contribution to the theory of functions, pseudo- and hyperelliptic integrals, and differential equations influenced the French school of mathematics.

  • 1939 Wilfred Trotter

    Wilfred Batten Lewis Trotter was an English surgeon, who was an authority on cancers of the neck and head and recognized as a pioneer in neurosurgery.

  • 1998 Kenneth C. Brugger

    American amateur naturalist who on 2 Jan 1975, discovered the long-sought winter home of the monarch butterfly in the mountains of Mexico.


Suriname gains their independence from the Netherlands

On November 25, 1975, Suriname officially gained independence from the Netherlands. This marked the end of Dutch colonial rule in the country, allowing Suriname to establish its own government and governance.

Spain Grants Autonomy to Puerto Rico

On November 25, 1897, Spain granted autonomy to Puerto Rico, allowing the island limited self-government. This move marked a significant step towards local governance and political autonomy within the Spanish colonial structure, leading up to broader changes in Puerto Rico's political status in the following years.

Hollywood Blacklist Instituted, Denying Employment Due to Alleged Communist Ties

On November 25, 1947, the 1st systematic Hollywood blacklist was instituted. This marked a period of denial of employment to American entertainment professionals accused of Communist ties or sympathies. The blacklist was enforced by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and had significant repercussions on the careers and freedoms of those affected in the film industry, leading to censorship and ideological scrutiny.

First flights of de Havilland Mosquito and Martin B-26 Marauder

On November 25, 1940, the feverish pace of developing improved warplanes during World War II culminated in the first flight of two of the most iconic twin engine medium bombers of the war, the British de Havilland Mosquito and the American Martin B-26 Marauder.
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