On this day – 07/25/2004

ONASA News Agency
July 25, 2004


1924 – Greece announced the deportation of 50,000 Armenians.

0326 – Constantine refused to carry out the traditional pagan
1394 – Charles VI of France issued a decree for the general expulsion
of Jews from France.
1564 – Maximillian II became emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
1587 – Japanese strong-man Hideyoshi banned Christianity in Japan and
ordered all Christians to leave.
1593 – France’s King Henry IV converted from Protestantism to Roman
1759 – British forces defeated a French army at Fort Niagara in
1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the Ottomans at Aboukir, Egypt.
1805 – Aaron Burr visited New Orleans with plans to establish a new
country, with New Orleans as the capital city.
1845 – China granted Belgium equal trading rights with Britain,
France and the United States.
1850 – In Worcester, MA, Harvard and Yale University freshmen met in
the first intercollegiate billiards match.
1850 – Gold was discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon. 1854 – The
paper collar was patented by Walter Hunt.
1861 – The Crittenden Resolution, which called for the American Civil
War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, was
passed by the U.S. Congress.
1866 – Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army. He was the
first American officer to hold the rank.
1868 – The U.S. Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming
1871 – Seth Wheeler patented perforated wrapping paper. 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
1924 – Greece announced the deportation of 50,000 Armenians.
1934 – Austrian chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss was shot and killed by
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
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 Gordien 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.
1956 – The Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the
Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England coast. 51 people were
1978 – Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in
Oldham, England. She had been conceived through in-vitro
1978 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Red’s broke the National League
record for consecutive base hits as he got a hit in 38 straight
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.
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.
1998 – U.S. President Clinton was subpoenaed to appear before a
federal grand jury regarding the Monica Lewinsky case. The subpoena
was withdrawn when Clinton agreed to give videotaped testimony with
his lawyers present.
1999 – Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France. He was only the second
American to win the race. He won the race again in 2000.
2000 – A supersonic Concorde crashed outside Paris, France, killing
all 109 people aboard and 5 on the ground.