25th July In History

According to the renowned author Chuck Palahniuk, ‘We'll be remembered more for what we destroy than what we create’. So basically, it’s in the nature of humans to remember the events that have not been so pleasant in the past than to think about the pleasant ones. This doesn’t mean that the good events are not recalled at all; fundamentally it’s the destructive nature of the events which steals the attention of the majority. As a result, the wars, natural calamities, deaths, assassinations etc are likely to go more noticed than the achievements and positive developments in various fields. History has always been inundated with disastrous events as well as affirmative ones and July 25th, in particular, covers a gamut of similar events discussed above. From the bloody battles of Abukir and Custozza to the sad killings of Austrian chancellor, Engelbert Dollfuss and exotic dancer Mata Hari, several atrocities took place on this day. From America’s first railroad accident and the ‘Air France’ jet crash in Paris to the Spain’s deadly railway mishap made history on this day as well. Well, these were the not so good events of 25th July; now let’s see the brighter side of this day. Introduction of the first steam locomotive and first commercial use of Cooke-Wheatstone telegraph were a part of this day. The Barcelona Olympics event smoothly to Lance Armstrong’s accomplishment in the Tour de France were some major sports highlights of this day making this day so very special. Go through the page and let’s see which of the events grab more of your attention!!


HISTORICAL EVENTS ON 25th July



1978

Politics

Motability Scheme For Disabled People Launched In U.K.

A new scheme called the Motability scheme was launched on this day in an attempt to provide cars to the disabled, at the Earl's Court, London. This initiative empowered the disabled people by allowing them to lease new or modified cars using their motability allowance.


2000

Politics

President Bush Selects Dick Cheney As Running Mate

On this day, former American President George W. Bush chose Dick Cheney as the Republican candidate for the designation of Vice President. According to various sources, Cheney’s loyalty and his outstanding judgment were the reasons of his being selected by Bush.


2011

Politics

Syria Allows Political Parties Formation

This day, the government of Syria adopted a draft law that would allow the formation of political outfits apart from the Bath party which had been governing the nation for decades. There had been protests against the government since March, which demanded a multi-party political system and this development happened as a result to pacify these protesters and have some positive political changes.


1729

Politics

North Carolina Is Recognized As A Royal Colony

On this day, North Carolina, which was ruled by proprietors, was made a royal colony. A royal colony was ruled directly by the kings and the right to choose the colony’s governor rests in the hands of the King or the King’s officials.


1866

Politics

Ulysses S. Grant Becomes The First General Of Army

On this day, the U.S. Congress named Ulysses S. Grant as the first General of Army which is likely to be considered the second highest possible rank in the American Army. He eventually became the eighteenth president of the United States.


1868

Politics

Wyoming Territory Comes Into Existence

On this day, the territory of Wyoming was formed by the act of Congress in the U.S, which has been carved by the sections of Dakota, Utah, and Idaho territories. The initial discussions regarding the same had already started since 1865, but no concrete steps were taken. Wyoming is also known as one of the few states practicing equality religiously, mainly because of the rights possessed by the women here.


1901

Politics

Emily Hobhouse Addresses Gatherings In Britain

On this day, Britain’s welfare campaigner, Emily Hobhouse addressed several people in Britain, at gatherings, to bring into notice the sad conditions prevailing in the concentration camps during the South African War. She worked on changing the situations the Boer women and children were subjected in the camps.


1934

Politics

Assassination Of Chancellor Of Austria

On this day, in Vienna, the Austrian Nazis assassinated their nation’s chancellor, Dr. Engelbert Dollfuss, in the Chancellery building. The Nazis had been trying hard to remove Dollfuss and appoint a German-friendly leader, which resulted in a lot of violence.


1943

Politics

Benito Mussolini Loses Power

The Italian Prime Minister and the leader of National Fascist Party, Benito Mussolini fell from power and arrested when the Grand Council of Fascism voted against him. In an attempt to escape, he was captured by the Italian Communists and executed.


1952

Politics

Puerto Rico Becomes Self-Governing Commonwealth Of U.S.

On this day, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Muñoz Marin, announced the formation of a self-governing body, in association with the U.S., in order to promote fiscal autonomy. However, the major areas like military defense, communications, transportation, foreign trade and other affairs were still under the control of U.S.


1964

Politics

Joint Chiefs Put Forth An Air Attack Proposal

Due to the grim situations prevailing in the city of Saigon in South Vietnam, the joint Chiefs of staff put forward a memo which suggested conducting air strikes against North Vietnam. There’s was no action taken on the same, however, after the Tonkin Gulf incident, a resolution was passed to take all necessary measures to retaliate against this attack.


1969

Politics

U.S. President Richard Nixon Announces The Nixon Doctrine

Former American President Richard Nixon declared the Nixon Doctrine in one of the press conferences in Guam on this day. The doctrine basically stated that all the ally nations should be in charge of their own security and even clearly stated his intention of ‘Vietnamization’ of the Vietnam War.


1974

Politics

Legal Service Corporation Got Established

On this day, the U.S. legal service corporation was established after a law which was signed by the former American President Richard M. Nixon. The corporation provided financial aid and offer legal assistance to the nation’s poor and other qualified clients.


1799

Wars

Victory In Battle Of Aboukir

On this day Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the army led by Seid Mustafa Pasha in the Battle of Aboukir in Anu Qir, Egypt. The victory of France in this first pitched battle led to France’s temporary occupation of Egypt.


1848

Wars

Battle Of Custozza

On 24th and 25th of July 1948, the battle of Custozza was fought between Austrian army forces led by Field Marshal Radetzky and Italian forces. The Austrians even though suffered more losses than it’s enemy succeeded in defeating Italians.


1832

Disasters & Natural Calamities

America’s First Railroad Accident

On this day in Quincy, the first accident happened at Granite Railway which is considered to be one of the first railroads in the U.S. Apparently a person from Cuba, Thomas B. Achuas and three other were on a tour when this fatal accident occurred. It resulted in Thomas’s death while the three others were seriously injured.


1901

Disasters & Natural Calamities

Hotel ‘Byron Hot Springs’ Destroyed By Fire

On this day, a historic resort named ‘Byron Hot Springs’ caught fire and was gutted, as a consequence. Another hotel was built in an attempt to replace the old one, but that too got burnt down. Later, another building took the place of the previously destroyed one. Sources suggest that ‘Bryon Hot Springs’ is an abandoned hotel, currently.


1956

Disasters & Natural Calamities

Swedish Cruise Ship Collided With Italian Ocean Liner

The ‘MS Stockholm’ cruise ship returning to New York and the Italian ocean liner ‘Andrea Doria’, collided with each other in thick fog in Atlantic Ocean off the island of Nantucket. However, due to the assistance provided by a number of ships, enormous loss of life was prevented.


2000

Disasters & Natural Calamities

‘Air France’ Concorde Crash

On this fateful day, a New York bound ‘Air France’ jet crashed just two minutes after it took off from the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris. The jet crashed into a hotel, killing all the 109 people on board and four people stationed on the ground.


2007

Disasters & Natural Calamities

Oil Spills In Burnaby City Of Canada

On this day, an oil pipe in Burnaby city, Canada had burst, as a result of some construction work happening in order to mend the sewers for the city. A gush of crude oil ejected out from the broken pipeline, compelling people residing in almost 50 homes, to evacuate their buildings.


2013

Disasters & Natural Calamities

Railway Mishap In Spain

Close to 78 people got killed and 140 were injured when a passenger train derailed in the Northwestern part of Spain, making it one of the nation’s worst railway disasters. A few sources claim that the train had exceeded the speed limit and it was on a curve when this deadly accident happened.


1860

Sports

First American Intercollegiate Billiard Match

The first ever inter-collegiate Billiards match took place between the students of ‘Harvard University’ and students of ‘Yale University’ in Chicago. The ‘Harvard’ team emerged victorious in this contest.


1992

Sports

Barcelona Olympics

On this day, after a long period of Olympic Games boycotts, the first Barcelona Olympics started without any hiccups. These games happened to be one of the most successful Olympic events of modern times and around 169 nations had participated in the various games held.


1999

Sports

Lance Armstrong Wins ‘Tour De France’

On this day, American cyclist Lance Armstrong won the first of the seventh consecutive ‘Tour De France’. However, due to doping controversy, the U.S. Anti-doping agency later in 2012, announced the disqualification of Armstrong from all the victories he had in ‘Tour de France’ which occurred between1999 to 2005.


2002

Sports

Seventeenth Commonwealth Games Happen In Manchester City

On this day, the seventeenth Commonwealth Games officially commenced with the opening ceremony being held at Manchester, England. The event continued till 4th August, 2002 and competitors from 72 nations participated in the games.


2012

Sports

Greek Athlete Expelled From Olympics

Voula Papachristou, a Greek triple jumper, was expelled from her National team after she posted a racist comment on ‘Twitter’, aimed at the African migrants. As this act of hers was considered to be against the Olympic spirit, the ‘Hellenic Olympic Committee’ had to take action against Papachristou just a few days before she was supposed to participate.


1990

Literature & Entertainment

Roseanne Barr Sings The National Anthem During San Diego Padres Game

On this day, American actress and Comedienne, Roseanne Barr sang the National Anthem in ‘San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium’ during a baseball game. Reportedly, her performance was strongly criticized by people all across the country, as it was perceived to be disrespectful to the national anthem.


1964

Literature & Entertainment

The ‘Beatles’ Album ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Hits Number 1 Spot

‘A Hard Day’s Night’, a popular album of the ‘Beatles’, released on 10th July, 1964. However, it secured the number one spot in the U.K. charts, only on this day. Surprisingly, it continued to retain the # 1 position in the U.K. charts for 21 consecutive weeks.


1965

Literature & Entertainment

Bob Dylan Performs At The Newport Folk Fest

Popular American singer and songwriter, Bob Dylan performed at the ‘Newport Folk Festival’ in Rhode Island, on this day. For the first time, he infused his style of music with rock and roll, by playing an electric guitar, instead of acoustic.


1966

Literature & Entertainment

Supreme’s Single ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ Released

This day witnessed the release of ‘You can’t hurry love’, a single composed by the American female band, ‘The Supremes’. It bagged the top spot on billboard charts on 4th September, 1966 and became a global hit by entering the top five in U.K.


1985

Literature & Entertainment

Rock Hudson’s Announcement Of ‘AIDS’

Renowned Hollywood actor Rock Hudson, who acted in more than sixty films, announced that he is suffering from ‘AIDS’ in a Press conference held on this day. As per sources, he became the first famous personality whose diagnosis went public in such a manner, at a time when being affected by ‘AIDS’ was highly misunderstood.


1996

Literature & Entertainment

Kim Laplante Won Mrs. United States Title

On this day, 28-year-old Seattle woman, Kim LaPlante was crowned Mrs. United States at the Cashman Theatre, Las Vegas. She competed with 52 other contestants hailing from various American states and three territories. The participants were judged based on interviews, swimsuit and evening-gown competitions.


1593

Trivia

King Henry IV Renounced Protestantism

The popular French monarch Henry IV converted himself to a Roman Catholic from a Protestant on this day. By renouncing Protestantism, he easily avoided being a victim of riots, where usually the protestants are tortured by people of catholic faith.


1795

Trivia

Foundation Stone Of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Was Laid

On this day, the first foundation stone of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was laid. The majestic structure spreads over the River Dee. The mighty canal is considered of great historical importance and is one of the supreme accomplishments in the age of canals.


1814

Trivia

First Steam Locomotive Introduced By George Stephenson

British Civil and mechanical engineer, George Stephenson’s steam locomotive, the first of its kind was operated for the first time on Cillingwood railway on this day. Stephenson almost took ten months to come up with this locomotive named ‘Blucher’ and it was also tested successfully on the same day.


1837

Trivia

First Commercial Use Of Cooke-Wheatstone Telegraph

The first commercial telegraph, known as the Cooke-Wheatstone Telegraph, co-developed by Charles Wheatstone and William Cooke was demonstrated successfully on this day. The demonstration happened along the railway line between Euston and Camden regions of London.


1850

Trivia

A Clipper Ship Wrecked

On this day, the clipper ship ‘Frolic’, known for its opium trade between China and India got wrecked near Point Cabrillo, California. The ship had collided with a huge rock, causing heavy damage to its rudder.


1853

Trivia

Joaquin Murieta Killed

The famous outlaw Joaquin Murieta, known for ‘Terror of the Stanislaus’, was killed on this day by the law enforcement outfit ‘California Rangers’. He was known as the ‘most wanted’ due to the terror he had created in the Calaveras County and the government had placed an award worth $6000 for capturing Murieta. According to a source, after his death, Joaquin’s severed head was on display in an exhibition in Stockton.


1897

Trivia

Jack London Sets Off To Join Klondike Gold Rush

On this day, the renowned American novelist and journalist, sets out to Klondike and joined the gold rush to write books. The first few books he wrote back then, turned out to be successful ventures and very soon he became widely recognized as a fiction writer of great repute.


1917

Trivia

Exotic Dancer, Mata Hari Sentenced To Death

Margueretha Gertruida Zelle, known for her exotic dances, was sentenced to death on this day in Paris, by the French Court. She is famous for the name Mata Hari, which she claims was given to her by an Indian Priestess. Mata Hari had apparently learned several ancient dance forms from India. During the World War I, she was suspected of spying on Germany’s behalf, due to which she was sentenced to death.


1935

Trivia

Cyril Jackson Discovered An Asteroid

The British astronomer, Cyril Jackson, discovered ‘Tana’, an asteroid named after a river in Kenya, on this day. Apart from comets, Jackson has also discovered several minor planets and comets.


1936

Trivia

Orchard Beach’s Opening Day In Bronx

The breathtaking Orchard Beach in Bronx, New York, opened to public on this day. Apparently, more than 18,000 people were present at the place during the beach’s opening day ceremony.


1941

Trivia

Henry Ford Writes To Indian Leader Mahatma Gandhi

The famous Henry Ford, the founder of ‘Ford Motor Company’, wrote a letter to the renowned Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi, whom the entrepreneur admired a lot. Ford’s letter expressed his admiration of Gandhi’s efforts to stop the British rule in India.


1944

Trivia

Messerschmitt 262, First Jet Fighter Used In Combat

On this day, during a World War II combat, the world’s first turbojet fighter, Messerschmitt 262, began its first flight. It was considered to be one of the finest functional flying aircrafts ever in history and proved to be of great help during the war times.


1957

Trivia

Operation Plumbbob Conducted By U.S.

On this day, U.S. performed a nuclear test at Nevada test site, located close to the city of Las Vegas. The test was a part of the several ‘Operation Plumbbob’ series of nuclear tests conducted between May and October 1975.


1973

Trivia

Launch Of ‘Mars 5’

‘Mars 5’, a Russian spacecraft, was launched on this day, in an attempt to explore the planet Mars. It managed to successfully enter the red planet’s orbit, but the mission didn’t go well as expected.


1978

Trivia

World’s First Test Tube Baby Born

Louise Brown, famous for being the world’s first test-tube baby, was born on this day in Manchester, U.K. The mother of the baby, Lesley Brown, successfully underwent the procedure of in vitro fertilization, which was developed by Robert G. Edwards and Dr. Patrick Steptoe.


1984

Trivia

First Woman To Walk In Space

On this day, Russian cosmonaut, Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space while conducting experiments on the Salyut 7 space station. It seems Savitskay had a passion for flying since her childhood and was involved in parachute jumping activities back then.


1989

Trivia

Princess Diana Opens An Aids Centre

The Princess of Wales, Diana opened a new Aids Centre in London on this day. The centre will not only provide refuge to the disease stricken people but also offer advice and help related to their diets and housing.


2009

Trivia

British Veteran Of World War I Breathes His Last

On this day, Harry Patch, the last surviving veteran of the World War I, passed away, at the age of 111, in his sleep, at his home. At the age of 100, Patch shared some horrific incidents, which he had witnessed during the war days.


People Born This Day

Barbara Harris
(1935-)
Broadway stage star [ American ]
Anna Harrison
(1775-1864)
Former First Lady of America [ American ]
Arthur Balfour
(1848-1930)
Former Prime Minister of Britain [ British ]
Tyeb Mehta
(1925-2009)
[ Indian ]
Iman Abdulmajid
(1955-)
Fashion Model [ American Samoan ]
Rosalind Franklin
(1920-1958)
Chemist [ British ]
Thomas Eakins
(1844-1916)
Painter [ American ]
Emmett Till
(1941-1955)
African-American teenager [ American ]
Adolfo Rodríguez Saá
(1947-)
49th President of Argentina [ Argentine ]
Juwany Roman
(1999-)
Social media star, Musical.ly sensation [ American ]
Estelle Getty
(1923-2008)
Actress [ American ]
Iman
(1955-)
Fashion Model [ Somali,Somalian ]
Gina Darling
(1989-)
YouTube Personality & Model [ American ]
Sarah Geronimo
(1988-)
Singer [ Filipino ]
Finn Balor
(1981-)
Wrestler [ Irish ]


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