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Tuesday 25 July 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Events

  • 2007 – Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first female president.
  • 1984 – Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a space walk.
  • 1978 – Birth of Louise Joy Brown, the first human to have been born after conception by in vitro fertilisation, or IVF.
  • 1976 – Viking program: Viking 1 takes the famous Face on Mars photo.
  • 1969 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon declares the Nixon Doctrine, stating that the United States now expects its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense. This is the start of the "Vietnamization" of the war.
  • 1958 – The African Regroupment Party (PRA) holds its first congress in Cotonou.
  • 1944 – World War II: Operation Spring is one of the bloodiest days for the First Canadian Army during the war.
  • 1917 – Sir Robert Borden introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure (lowest bracket is 4% and highest is 25%).
  • 1915 – RFC Captain Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British pursuit aviator to earn the Victoria Cross.
  • 1909 – Louis Blériot makes the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine from (Calais to Dover, England, United Kingdom) in 37 minutes.
  • 1908 – Ajinomoto is founded. Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers that a key ingredient in kombu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), and patents a process for manufacturing it.
  • 1898 – In the Puerto Rican Campaign, the United States seizes Puerto Rico from Spain.
  • 1894 – The First Sino-Japanese War begins when the Japanese fire upon a Chinese warship.
  • 1868 – Wyoming becomes a United States territory.
  • 1866 – The United States Congress passes legislation authorizing the rank of General of the Army. Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant becomes the first to be promoted to this rank.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: The United States Congress passes the Crittenden–Johnson Resolution, stating that the war is being fought to preserve the Union and not to end slavery.
  • 1853 – Joaquin Murrieta, the famous Californio bandit known as the "Robin Hood of El Dorado", is killed.
  • 1837 – The first commercial use of an electrical telegraph is successfully demonstrated in London by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone.
  • 1814 – War of 1812: An American attack on Canada is repulsed.
  • 1783 – American Revolutionary War: The war's last action, the Siege of Cuddalore, is ended by a preliminary peace agreement.
  • 1538 – The city of Guayaquil is founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana and given the name Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Guayaquil.
  • 1467 – The Battle of Molinella: The first battle in Italy in which firearms are used extensively.

Births

  • 1987 – Richard Bachman, American ice hockey player
  • 1985 – James Lafferty, American actor and athlete
  • 1982 – Brad Renfro, American actor and musician (d. 2008)
  • 1981 – Conor Casey, American soccer player
  • 1981 – Mac Lethal, American rapper and producer
  • 1980 – David Wachs, American actor and producer
  • 1980 – Shawn Riggans, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Gerard Warren, American football player
  • 1977 – Kenny Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1976 – Javier Vázquez, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
  • 1975 – Brian Gibson, American bass player
  • 1974 – Lauren Faust, American animator, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1971 – Billy Wagner, American baseball player and coach
  • 1971 – Roger Creager, American singer-songwriter
  • 1971 – Tracy Murray, American basketball player
  • 1969 – Jon Barry, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1967 – Matt LeBlanc, American actor and producer
  • 1966 – Maureen Herman, American bass player
  • 1965 – Illeana Douglas, American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1965 – Marty Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1964 – Anne Applebaum, American journalist and author
  • 1964 – Breuk Iversen, American designer and journalist
  • 1964 – Tony Granato, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1962 – Doug Drabek, American baseball player and coach
  • 1960 – Justice Howard, American photographer
  • 1959 – Geoffrey Zakarian, American chef and author
  • 1958 – Alexei Filippenko, American astrophysicist and academic
  • 1958 – Thurston Moore, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1956 – Frances Arnold, American scientist and engineer
  • 1955 – Randall Bewley, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2009)
  • 1954 – Walter Payton, American football player and race car driver (d. 1999)
  • 1953 – Robert Zoellick, American banker and politician, 14th United States Deputy Secretary of State
  • 1952 – Eduardo Souto de Moura, Portuguese architect, designed the Estádio Municipal de Braga
  • 1951 – Jack Thompson, American lawyer and activist
  • 1951 – Verdine White, American bass player and producer
  • 1948 – Steve Goodman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1984)
  • 1946 – John Gibson, American radio host
  • 1940 – Richard Ballantine, American-English journalist and author (d. 2013)
  • 1935 – Barbara Harris, American actress and singer
  • 1935 – John Robinson, American football player and coach
  • 1935 – Larry Sherry, American baseball player and coach (d. 2006)
  • 1934 – Don Ellis, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1978)
  • 1932 – Paul J. Weitz, American captain, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1930 – Annie Ross, Scottish-American singer and actress
  • 1930 – Herbert Scarf, American economist and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1927 – Midge Decter, American journalist and author
  • 1926 – Whitey Lockman, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2009)
  • 1925 – Benny Benjamin, American R&B drummer (The Funk Brothers) (d. 1969)
  • 1925 – Jerry Paris, American actor and director (d. 1986)
  • 1924 – Frank Church, American lawyer and politician (d. 1984)
  • 1923 – Edgar Gilbert, American mathematician and theorist (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Estelle Getty, American actress (d. 2008)
  • 1921 – Adolph Herseth, American soldier and trumpet player (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – Jane Frank, American painter and sculptor (d. 1986)
  • 1915 – Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., American lieutenant and pilot (d. 1944)
  • 1914 – Woody Strode, American football player and actor (d. 1994)
  • 1908 – Jack Gilford, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1906 – Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 1970)
  • 1902 – Eric Hoffer, American philosopher and author (d. 1983)
  • 1901 – Lila Lee, American actress and singer (d. 1973)
  • 1901 – Ruth Krauss, American author and poet (d. 1993)
  • 1896 – Jack Perrin, American actor and stuntman (d. 1967)
  • 1894 – Walter Brennan, American actor (d. 1974)
  • 1886 – Edward Cummins, American golfer (d. 1926)
  • 1882 – George S. Rentz, American commander (d. 1942)
  • 1870 – Maxfield Parrish, American painter and illustrator (d. 1966)
  • 1867 – Alexander Rummler, American painter (d. 1959)
  • 1857 – Frank J. Sprague, American naval officer and inventor (d. 1934)
  • 1844 – Thomas Eakins, American painter, sculptor, and photographer (d. 1916)
  • 1806 – Maria Weston Chapman, American abolitionist (d. 1885)
  • 1750 – Henry Knox, American general and politician, 1st United States Secretary of War (d. 1806)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Michael Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1944)
  • 2015 – Bob Kauffman, American basketball player and coach (b. 1946)
  • 2015 – Jacques Andreani, French diplomat, French ambassador to the United States (b. 1929)
  • 2014 – Bel Kaufman, German-American author and academic (b. 1911)
  • 2013 – Hugh Huxley, English-American biologist and academic (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Walter De Maria, American sculptor, illustrator, and composer (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – William J. Guste, American lawyer and politician (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Greg Mohns, American-Canadian football player and coach (b. 1950)
  • 2009 – Vernon Forrest, American boxer (b. 1971)
  • 2008 – Randy Pausch, American computer scientist and educator (b. 1960)
  • 2008 – Tracy Hall, American chemist and academic (b. 1919)
  • 1998 – Evangelos Papastratos, Greek businessman, co-founded Papastratos (b. 1910)
  • 1997 – Ben Hogan, American golfer (b. 1912)
  • 1995 – Charlie Rich, American singer-songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 1992 – Alfred Drake, American actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • 1989 – Steve Rubell, American businessman, co-owner of Studio 54 (b. 1943)
  • 1988 – Judith Barsi, American child actress (b. 1978)
  • 1986 – Vincente Minnelli, American director and screenwriter (b. 1903)
  • 1984 – Big Mama Thornton, American singer-songwriter (b. 1926)
  • 1982 – Hal Foster, Canadian-American author and illustrator (b. 1892)
  • 1973 – Amy Jacques Garvey, Jamaican-American journalist and activist (b. 1895)
  • 1971 – John Meyers, American swimmer and water polo player (b. 1880)
  • 1971 – Leroy Robertson, American composer and educator (b. 1896)
  • 1966 – Frank O'Hara, American poet and critic (b. 1926)
  • 1942 – Fred Englehardt, American triple jumper (b. 1879)
  • 1934 – François Coty, French businessman, founded Coty, Inc. (b. 1874)
  • 1887 – John Taylor, American religious leader, 3rd President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1808)
  • 1791 – Isaac Low, American merchant and politician (b. 1735)
  • 1790 – William Livingston, American soldier and politician, 1st Governor of New Jersey (b. 1723)
  • 1681 – Urian Oakes, English-American minister and educator (b. 1631)
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