History of 25 July
1907 – Korea became a protectorate of Japan.
1909 – French aviator Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel in a monoplane. He traveled from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes. He was the first man to fly across the channel.
1914 – Russia declared that it would act to protect Serbian sovereignty.
1924 – Greece announced the deportation of 50,000 Armenians.
1939 – W2XBS TV in New York City presented the first musical comedy seen on TV. The show was “Topsy and Eva.”
1941 – The U.S. government froze all Japanese and Chinese assets.
1943 – Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was overthrown in a coup.
1946 – The U.S. detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. It was the first underwater test of the device.
1946 – Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis staged their first show as a team at Club 500 in Atlantic City, NJ.
1947 – Fortune Gordian of Oslo, Norway set a world record discus throw of 178.47 feet.
1952 – Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S.
1978 – Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England. She had been conceived through in-vitro fertilization.
1978 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Red) broke the National League record for consecutive base hits as he got a hit in 38 straight games.
1984 – Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. She was aboard the orbiting space station Salyut 7.
1987 – The Salt Lake City Trappers set a professional baseball record as the team won its 29th game in a row. (Utah)
1994 – Israel and Jordan formally ended the state of war that had existed between them since 1948.
1997 – K.R. Narayanan became India’s president. He was the first member of the Dalits caste to do so.
1998 – The USS Harry S. Truman was commissioned and put into service by the U.S. Navy.
1999 – Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France. He was only the second American to win the race.
2010 – WikiLeaks leaked to the public more than 90,000 internal reports involving the U.S.-led War in Afghanistan from 2004-2010.
2016 – Verizon Communications agreed to purchase Yahoo!’s operating business for $4.83 billion with the intention to merge it with AOL.
2018 – As-Suwayda attacks: Coordinated attacks occur in Syria.
Celebrating Birthday Today
1981 – Conor Casey, American soccer player
1981 – Constantinos Charalambidis, Cypriot footballer
1981 – Yūichi Komano, Japanese footballer
1981 – Mac Lethal, American rapper, and producer
1981 – Jani Rita, Finnish ice hockey player
1982 – Brad Renfro, American actor and musician (d. 2008)
1982 – Jason Dundas, Australian TV host
1983 – Nenad Krstić, Serbian basketball player
1984 – Loukas Mavrokefalidis, Greek basketball player
1985 – James Lafferty, American actor, and athlete
1985 – Nelson Piquet Jr., Brazilian race car driver
1985 – Hugo Rodallega, Colombian footballer
1986 – Abraham Gneki Guié, Ivorian footballer
1986 – Hulk, Brazilian footballer
1987 – Richard Bachman, American ice hockey player
1987 – Mitchell Burgzorg, Dutch footballer and rapper
1987 – Fernando, Brazilian footballer
1987 – Jax Jones, English DJ, singer and songwriter
1987 – Eran Zahavi, Israeli footballer
1988 – John Goossens, Dutch footballer
1988 – Tom Hiariej, Dutch footballer
1988 – Stacey Kemp, English skater
1988 – Paulinho, Brazilian footballer
1988 – Anthony Stokes, Irish footballer
1989 – Natalia Vieru, Russian basketball player
1990 – Thodoris Karapetsas, Greek footballer
1991 – Toni Duggan, English footballer
1992 – Sergei Simonov, Russian ice hockey player (d. 2016)
1997 – Nat Butcher, Australian rugby league player