On this day: September 25

Published On: Sep 24 2012 06:06:42 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 25 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

A European sees the Pacific Ocean for the first time, Congress passes the Bill of Rights, the Little Rock Nine get a U.S. Army escort to school, and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham dies, all on this day.

OTD September 25 - Wilford Woodruff
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Brigham Young University

1890: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Wilford Woodruff publishes a manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy. The Manifesto was a response to mounting anti-polygamy pressure from the U.S. Congress, which by 1890 had disincorporated the church, escheated its assets to the U.S. federal government, and imprisoned many prominent polygamist Mormons.

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