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On this day: April 25

Published On: Apr 23 2013 05:10:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 25 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The guillotine is first used, American and Soviet troops cut Nazi Germany in two, a U.S. Navy submarine completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe, and the Hubble Space Telescope is launched, all on this day.

OTD April 25 - Elbe Day
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1945: American and Soviet troops meet in Torgau, Germany, along the River Elbe, cutting the armed forces of Nazi Germany in two, a milestone in the approaching end of World War II in Europe. Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker four days later. Seen here is U.S. Army 2nd Lt. William Robertson and Lt. Alexander Sylvashko of the Soviet Red Army in an arranged photo opportunity to mark the historic meeting.

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