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July 25th

1832 One man was killed and three others injured in the first recorded railroad accident in U.S. history. The four were thrown from an otherwise vacant car on the Granite Railway near Quincy, Mass.
1898 During the Spanish-American War, U.S. forces launched their invasion of Puerto Rico, the island that was one of Spain's two principal possessions in the Caribbean.
1909 French pioneer aviator Louis Bleriot became the first person to fly a heavier-than-air machine across the English Channel. It took him 36 minutes.
1917 Mata Hari, the archetype of the seductive female spy, was sentenced to death in France as a German spy.
1952 Puerto Rico became a self-governing U.S. commonwealth.
1956 The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria sank off Long Island, N.Y., after colliding with the Swedish liner Stockholm.
1965 Folk legend Bob Dylan performed for the first time with electric instruments, so upsetting his fans they booed him.
1972 The Democratic vice presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. Thomas Eagleton of Missouri, disclosed he had undergone psychiatric treatment in the 1960s. Presidential nominee George McGovern replaced him on the ticket with Sargent Shriver.
1978 The world's first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, was born in Oldham, England.
1986 Former Navy radioman Jerry Whitworth was convicted of selling U.S. military secrets to the Soviets through the John Walker spy ring. The government called it the most damaging espionage case since World War II.
1991 The South African government admitted donating $35 billion in 1989 to support political parties opposing the South-West Africa People's Organization.
1994 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein signed a declaration that ended the 46-year state of war between their two countries.
1997 Captured Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot was sentenced to life imprisonment in a trial by his former comrades in Cambodia.
1999 Cyclist Lance Armstrong, having overcome cancer, became the first American on a U.S. team to win the Tour de France.
2000 An Air France Concorde supersonic jet crashed on takeoff from Paris, killing all 113 people aboard. It was the first crash of a Concorde.
2004 Lance Armstrong won the grueling Tour de France bicycle race for a record sixth consecutive year.
2004 The harshest cold spell in 30 years struck the Andes Mountains in Peru causing the deaths of at least 46 children.
2006 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, while also criticizing Hezbollah for its actions against Israel, said that Israeli arrogance threatened to plunge the region into war.
2007 A bipartisan presidential commission, set up in response to the inadequate treatment of troops at Washington's Walter Reed Medical Center, called for an overhaul the system of determining disability and compensation determinations and improving treatment for brain injuries and post traumatic stress.
2007 As Iraqis celebrated their national soccer team's victory over South Korea in the Asian Cup semifinals, panic took over when two suicide bombers attacked crowds in Baghdad, killing at least 50 people and injuring about 140.
2008 A Qantas Airlines Boeing 747 with 300 passengers and crew aboard, made a safe landing in Manila after a section of the fuselage was ripped open by a faulty door on a London-to-Melbourne flight.
2008 Officials said nearly 2,100 separate wildfires charred almost 1.2 million acres in northern and central sections of the state.
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