This Day in History - July 25

July 25

  306 – Roman emperor, Constantius Chlorus, dies

  326 – Emperor Constantine refuses to carry out traditional pagan sacrifices

1394 – Charles VI of France issues a decree for the general expulsion of Jews from France

1564 – Maximilian II becomes emperor of the Holy Roman Empire

1587 – Hideyoshi bans Christianity in Japan and orders all Christians to leave

1750 – American general, Henry Knox, is born

1759 – British forces defeat a French army at Fort Niagara in Canada

1780 – American General Horatio Gates takes command of the southern army from Major General Johann DeKalb at Coxe’s Mill, North Carolina

1799 – On his way back from Syria, Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Ottomans at Aboukir, Egypt

1814 – British and American forces fight each other to a standoff at Lundy’s Lane, Canada

1832 – The first recorded railroad accident in US history occurs when four people are thrown from a vacant car on the Granite Railway near Quincy, Massachusetts.  They had been invited to view the process of transporting large stones when a cable on the vacant car snapped, throwing them off the train and over a 34-foot cliff.  One man was killed and the others were seriously injured

1834 – English poet and philosopher, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, dies

1844 – American painter, Thomas Eakins, is born

1845 – China grants Belgium equal trading rights with Britain, France and the US

1848 – Prime Minister of England, Arthur James Balfour, is born

1850 – Gold is discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon, extending the quest for gold up the Pacific Coast

1853 – Actor, playwright, and producer, David Belasco, is born

1853 – Frontier bandit Joaquin Murieta’s head is placed on exhibit in the town of Stockton, California.  Murieta had been disrupting gold trade and intimidating the public

1861 – The Crittenden Resolution calling for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, is passed by Congress

1867 – President Andrew Johnson signs an act creating the territory of Wyoming

1880 – American philosopher and mathematician, Morris Raphael Cohen, is born

1894 – Japanese forces sink the British steamer Kowshing, which was bringing Chinese reinforcements to Korea

1897 – Jack London leaves for the Klondike to join the gold rush, where he will write his first successful stories

1898 – During the Spanish-American War, US forces launch an invasion of Puerto Rico

1902 – American longshoreman and philosopher, Eric Hoffer, is born

1907 – Jazz musician, Johnny Hodges, is born

1909 – French aviator Louis Bleriot becomes the first man to fly across the English Channel in an airplane

1914 – Russia declares that it will act to protect Serbian sovereignty

1917 – The exotic dancer Mata Hari is sentenced to death by a French court for spying on Germany’s behalf during WWI

1920 – English scientist, Rosalind Franklin, is born

1924 – Greece announces the deportation of 50,000 Armenians

1927 – Writer and editor, Midge Decter, is born

1934 – Austrian chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss is shot and killed by Nazis

1935 – Actress, Barbara Harris, is born

1941 – The US government freezes Japanese and Chinese assets

1941 – American auto pioneer Henry Ford writes a letter to Indian nationalist leader Mohatma Gandhi praising his campaign of civil disobedience aimed at forcing British colonial government out of India

1941 – American murder victim, Emmett Till, is born

1943 – Italian Fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini, is overthrown in a coup

1944 – Allied forces begin the breakthrough of German lines in Normandy

1945 – President Harry Truman nonchalantly hints to Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin that the US has successfully developed a new weapon, the atomic bomb

1951 – American activist and lawyer, Jack Thompson, is born

1956 – The Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria and the Swedish ocean liner Stockholm collide in a heavy fog 45 miles south of Nantucket Island.  51 were killed aboard the Italian vessel during collision, but miraculously, all 1,660 of the Andrea Doria were rescued from the severely listing ship before it sunk

1964 – The Joint Chiefs of Staff propose air strikes against North Vietnam

1965 – Singer and songwriter, Bob Dylan, appears at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, trading in his acoustic guitar for an electric one and thus fusing the rock and folk music closer together

1969 – President Richard introduces the Nixon Doctrine, expecting that the Asian allies tend to their own military defense

1978 – The first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, is born in Oldham, England

1980 – Russian singer, songwriter, actor, and poet, Vladimir Vysotsky dies

1984 – Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a space walk

1985 – Hollywood leading man, Rock Hudson, announces that he has AIDS

1985 – Brazilian race car driver, Nelson Piquet Jr., is born

1988 – Police find Lieth and Bonnie Von Stein stabbed and beaten in their home in Washington, North Carolina.  Lieth was dead, but Bonnie had managed somehow to survive.  Authorities soon learn that Lieth’s stepson Chris, had been bitter against his stepfather, primarily for coming into more than a million dollars and not spending more of it on him.  He had began a game at North Carolina State University with other players of the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game, and had left a key and a map to the house where James Upchurch had murdered Chris’ parents.  Neal Henderson, another D&D player involved supplied the testimony of events, and while his testimony was not entirely compatible, and there was no physical evidence, Upchurch was convicted of murder and sentenced to death

1992 – The opening ceremonies of the Games of the XXV Olympiad are held in Barcelona, Spain

1997 – American golfer, Ben Hogan, dies

2000 – An Air France Concorde jet crashes upon takeoff in Paris, killing 105-all onboard

2009 – British and last survivor of the WWI trenches, Harry Patch, dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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