A Year In History: 1925

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This Year in History:

1925

Discover what happened in this year with HISTORY’s summaries of major events, anniversaries, famous births and notable deaths.

March 18

“Tri-State Tornado” hits, the deadliest in U.S. history

The worst tornado in U.S. history passes through eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, and southern Indiana, killing 695 people, injuring some 13,000 people, and causing $17 million in property damage. Known as the “Tri-State Tornado,” the deadly twister began its northeast track in Ellington, Missouri, but wreaked its worst damage in southern Illinois. More than 500 […]

July 21

“Trial of the Century” reaches final day, draws unprecedented attention 

On the final day of the so-called “Trial of the Century,” July 21, 1925, schoolteacher John T. Scopes is convicted of violating Tennessee’s law against teaching evolution in public schools. The case debated was never really in doubt; the jury only conferred for a few moments in the hallway before returning to the courtroom with […]

November 28

The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting

The Grand Ole Opry, one of the longest-lived and most popular showcases for western music, begins broadcasting live from Nashville, Tennessee on November 28, 1925. The showcase was originally named the Barn Dance, after a Chicago radio program called the National Barn Dance that had begun broadcasting the previous year. Impressed by the popularity of the […]