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On this day in history - July 25

What Happened On This Day – July 25

  • 2007 India gets its first female president

    Pratibha Patil, a politician stayed in office as the head of state of the South Asian country for 5 years.

  • 1984 Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the First Woman to Walk in Space

    The Soviet cosmonaut was part of the Soyuz T-12 mission, which docked at the Salyut 7 Space station. As part of the mission, she spent 3.5 hours in space testing tools. Savitskaya was also the second woman to go into space and the first to go to space twice.

  • 1978 World's first test tube baby is born

    Louise Joy Brown was the first person to be conceived using in-vitro fertilization or IVF technology, pioneered by doctors Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards.

  • 1976 The famous Face on Mars photo is taken

    Viking 1, the first space probe to successfully land on Mars took the famous photo of the Cydonia region on the Red Planet.

  • 1956 Tunisia gains its independence from France

    The northernmost African country, became a French protectorate in 1881, under the Treaty of Bardo. The path to independence in the country was marred by civil unrest and conflict and was led by Habib Bourguiba, who became the first president of the independent country.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
July 25

  • 1985 Nelson Piquet, Jr.

    Brazilian race car driver

  • 1951 Jack Thompson

    American lawyer, activist

  • 1941 Emmett Till

    American murder victim

  • 1920 Rosalind Franklin

    English scientist

  • 1750 Henry Knox

    American general

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Deaths On This Day,
July 25

  • 2009 Harry Patch

    British super-centenarian, last survivor of the WWI trenches

  • 1997 Ben Hogan

    American golfer

  • 1980 Vladimir Vysotsky

    Russian singer-songwriter, actor, poet

  • 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    English poet, philosopher

  • 306 Constantius Chlorus

    Roman Emperor