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.

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1952: Actor Christopher Reeve, best known for playing Superman in four movies between 1978 and 1987, is born in New York City. He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 52 on Oct. 10, 2004. The actor became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition on May 27, 1995, and spent much of the last decade of his life lobbying on behalf of people with spinal-cord injuries and for human embryonic stem cell research.

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