July 25 Today in HIstory

Today’s Important Historical Events

306 Constantine I is proclaimed Roman Emperor by his troops

1814 English engineer George Stephenson introduces his first steam locomotive, a travelling engine designed for hauling coal on the Killingworth wagonway named Blücher

1943 Benito Mussolini dismissed as Italian Premier and arrested on the authority of King Victor Emmanuel III

1944 World War II: Operation Spring – one of Canada’s bloodiest days, 18,444 casualties and 5,021 killed

1997 Scientists announce the first human stem cells to be cultured in a laboratory using tissue taken from aborted human embryos

Today’s Historical Events

306 Constantine I is proclaimed Roman Emperor by his troops

864 The Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald orders defensive measures against the Vikings

1120 Large fire in church of Saint Madeleine of Vézelay, France, kills a thousand pilgrims and seriously damages the church

1139 Count Alfonso I of Portugal proclaimed King

1261 Constantinople recaptured by Nicaean forces under Alexios Strategopoulos for Emperor Michael VIII, re-establishing Byzantine Empire

1360 Jews are expelled from Breslau, Silesia

1446 Foundation stone laid for King’s College Chapel in Cambridge by King Henry VI, one of England’s finest medieval buildings (main structure complete 1515) [1]

1510 Spanish conquest of Tripoli by Pedro Navarro for Aragon crown; over 3,000 killed and more than 5,000 inhabitants enslaved


Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1922 AT&T begins broadcasting on WBAY (NYC-later WEAF, WNBC, WRCA & WFAN)

1946 At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team

1966 The Supremes release single “You Can’t Hurry Love”

1985 Spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirms he has AIDS

1987 Sherri Martel beats Fabulous Moolah for WWF Woman’s Championship Belt

1988 Mindy Duncan, 16, of Oregon, crowned 6th Miss Teen USA

1989 Brandi Sherwood of Idaho crowned 7th Miss Teen USA

1990 Roseanne Barr sings the National Anthem at Cincinnati Reds-San Diego Padres MLB game

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1933 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington

1936 Jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker marries his childhood sweetheart Rebecca Ruffin

1964 “Here’s Love” closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 338 performances

1964 Beatles’ album “A Hard Day’s Night” goes #1, stays #1 for 14 weeks

1965 Bob Dylan is booed by sections of the crowd at the Newport Folk Festival for performing with an electric guitar, beginning of folk-rock

1966 Brian Jones’ final performance as a Rolling Stone

1969 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival (across 3 days); performers included: Bo Diddley, Flying Burrito Brothers, Ten Years After, Guess Who, Santana, Tim Buckley, Byrds, Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Chicago Transit Authority, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors

1970 “(They Long to Be) Close to You” sung by the Carpenters reaches #1

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1900 Gloucestershire captain Gilbert Jessop hits his second century (139 in 95 minutes) before lunch in same County Cricket match (104 previous day); Yorkshire wins by 40 runs

1902 3 years after winning the title from English boxer Bob Fitzsimmons, American champion James J. Jeffries repeats the dose with an 8th round KO in San Francisco for the heavyweight crown

1913 Pittsburgh Pirates future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey scores 5 runs without a hit, reaching first base on an error and 4 walks, as the Bucs beat Philadelphia Phillies, 12-2

1914 Last day of club cricket for English legend W. G. Grace at age 66: makes unbeaten 69 runs for Eltham against Grove Park

1937 31st Tour de France won by Roger Lapebie of France

1939 New York Yankees starting pitcher Atley Donald sets American League rookie record for consecutive wins; beats St. Louis Browns 5-1 for his 12th straight victory

1940 American John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours, 46 minutes from St. Louis to Caruthersville, Missouri in the Mississippi River; 292 miles, longest solo swim of all time

1941 41-year-old Lefty Grove wins his 300th and final MLB career game as the Boston Red Sox defeat Cleveland Indians, 10-6 at Fenway Park