On This Day In History, 25 July


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World Events Today

  • The Frenchman Louis Blériot became the first man to fly an aircraft across the English Channel today in 1909, he flew from Calais in France to Dover in England
  • The Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space today in 1984
  • A French Concorde exploded soon after take-off from Charles de Gaulle airport today in 2000, all 109 people on board lost their lives

Entertainment Events Today

  • The original version of You Can’t Hurry Love, recorded by The Supremes on the Motown label, was released today in 1966
  • Kill ‘Em All, the debut studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica, was released today in 1983
  • The 25th Summer Olympic Games opened today in 1992 in Barcelona

Family Events Today

  • The American actress and comedian Estelle Getty, best known for playing Sophia Petrillo in The Golden Girls, was born today in 1923 in New York
  • The American actor Matt LeBlanc, who rose to fame as Joey Tribbiani in the NBC sitcom Friends, was born today in 1967 in Massachusetts
  • Harry Patch, the last surviving combat soldier of World War I from any country, died today in 2009 aged 111 years, 1 month, 1 week and 1 day

Main Event Today

  • Louise Joy Brown was the first human born by “in vitro fertilisation”, better known as IVF, today in 1978 in Oldham, England

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Merry-Go-Round Day

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