25 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • A.J. Balfour, 1848
  • David Belasco, 1853
  • Maxfield Parrish, 1870
  • Francois Coty, 1875
  • Elizabeth Queen of Belgians, 1876
  • Walter Brennan, 1894
  • Eric Hoffer, 1902
  • Jack Gilford, 1907
  • Woody Strode, 1914
  • Estelle Getty, 1924
  • Adnan Khashoggi, 1935
  • Iman, 1955
  • Matt LeBlanc, 1967

Died On This Day:

  • James the Greater, AD 44
  • Emperor Constantius I of Rome, AD 306
  • Pope Innocent VIII, 1492
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1834
  • Francois Coty, 1934
  • Vincente Minnelli, 1986
  • Mildred Dunnock, 1991
  • Alfred Drake, 1992
  • Charlie Rich, 1995
  • Ben Hogan, 1997
  • John Schlesinger, 2003
  • Michael Cacoyannis, 2011

Today's Events:

  • 1139 - Moors defeated by Alfonso I of Portugal.
  • 1554 - Queen Mary I of England marries Philip II of Spain in Winchester.
  • 1775 - Captain Cook returns to England after second voyage-Sandwich Islands discovered.
  • 1799 - Napoleon's last victory during occupation of Egypt kills 12,000 at Battle of Abouker.
  • 1814 - First steam locomotive built by George Stevenson.
  • 1832 - First railroad accident in America occurs in Quincy, Mass.
  • 1854 - Walter Hunt of New York receives patent on the paper collar.
  • 1866 - David Farragut becomes the first naval officer to become an admiral.
  • 1866 - Ulysses S. Grant appointed first General of the U.S. Army (as opposed to Continental, etc.)
  • 1888 - World's first typing contest held in Cincinnati; court stenographer Frank McGurrin wins on QWERTY.
  • 1909 - Louis Bleriot first to fly across English Channel in airplane; flies Calais to Dover at 1,000 feet.
  • 1917 - Mata Hari sentenced to death for espionage.
  • 1943 - Mussolini removed from office and arrested; new Italian government formed.
  • 1956 - Italian liner Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with Swedish ship Stockholm off New England Coast. 51 dead.
  • 1959 - First Hovercraft crosses English Channel.
  • 1960 - Woolworth lunch counters opened to all races following 2/1/60 sit-in by four Black college students.
  • 1975 - 'A Chorus Line' opens record 6,137 performance run on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre.
  • 1978 - World's first test-tube baby engineered by Dr. Patrick Steptoe, Louise Brown, born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England.
  • 1984 - Svetlana Savitskaya becomes first woman to walk in space.
  • 1994 - 46 year state of war between Israel and Jordan ends in White House ceremony with Hussein & Rabin.
  • 2000 - First Concorde air disaster; charter flight crashes on take-off from Charles de Gaulle airport.
  • 2007 - Pratibha Patil, formerly first woman Governor of Rajasthan, becomes first woman President of India.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • James the Greater
  • Christopher

Holiday:

  • Pardon of Saint Anne d'Auray in France
  • Constitution Day in Puerto Rico (1952)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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