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On July 25th, 1866, Ulysses S.
Grant was named General of the Army, the first
officer to hold the rank.
On this date:
In 1593, France's King Henry the Fourth converted
from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism.
In 1868, Congress
passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory.
In 1909, French
aviator Louis Bleriot flew across the English
Channel in a monoplane, traveling from Calais to
Dover in 37 minutes.
In 1944, Bing
and the Andrews Sisters recorded Cole Porter's
"Don't Fence Me In" in Los Angeles for
In 1946, the
United States detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini
Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test
of the device.
In 1952, Puerto
Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the
In 1956, 51 people
died when the Italian liner "Andrea
Doria" sank after colliding with the Swedish
ship "Stockholm" off the New England
In 1978, Louise
Joy Brown, the first "test tube baby,"
was born in Oldham, England; she'd been conceived
through the technique of in-vitro fertilization.
In 1985, a
spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirmed that the
actor, hospitalized in Paris, was suffering from
"AIDS." (Hudson died the following
In 1994, Israeli
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King
Hussein signed a declaration at the White House
ending their countries' 46-year-old formal state
Ten years ago: The
US ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, met with
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to discuss Iraq's
economic dispute with Kuwait. The Senate formally
denounced Senator Dave Durenberger (Republican,
Minnesota) for financial improprieties. Comedian
Roseanne Barr sparked controversy with an off-key
rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner"
during a double-header at Jack Murphy Stadium in
Five years ago: A
bomb exploded on a Paris subway, killing seven
people and injuring at least 60. A UN war crimes
tribunal indicted Bosnian Serb leader Radovan
Karadzic, army commander General Ratko Mladic,
and 22 other Serbs for war crimes.
One year ago: The
Woodstock '99 music festival in Rome, New York,
ended in fires and looting. Lance Armstrong rode
to victory in the Tour de France. Morocco held a
funeral for King Hassan the Second.
"One brave deed
makes no hero."
John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet and