25th July

Born on this day 25th July
1907 Jack Gilford
1914 Woody Strode
1923 Estelle Getty
1930 Annie Ross
1946 Nicole Farhi
1953 Lynn Frederick
1955 Iman
1967 Matt LeBlanc
1978 Louise Brown

Died
1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1843 Charles Macintosh
1934 Francois Coty

Music

1955 Noted school-aged rockabilly act The Collins Kids signed to the Columbia label.

1965 Bob Dylan was booed from the stage at Newport festival where he played his new electric set for the first time.

1969 Neil Young played his first gig with Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Filmore East in New York where Country Joe and The Fish were also billed.

1988 Prince’s ‘Lovesexy’ tour played to a sell-out crowd at Wembley.

Sport

1940 American John Sigmund began a record swimming session of 89 hours 46 minutes in the Missisippi River.

1993 Michael Bolton’s team beat Michael Jordan’s team 7-1 in a celebrity softball game in Chicago.

People & Showbiz

1984 Soviet cosmonauts Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space after leaving the Salyut 7 space station for over 3 hours with a colleague to do some welding.

1994 It was announced that the first televised draw for the National Lottery was to take place on the 19th November and was expected to draw about 23 million viewers with a 3rd of the population buying tickets.

1994 The local council in Morecambe, Lancashire invested £750,000 in a Noel Edmond’s World of Crinkley Bottom theme park in an attempt to reverse the seaside resort’s popularity.

General Events

1943 Benito Mussolini resigned as Dictator.

1989 Roadsigns were erected in southern Norway with a symbol of a ghost to warn motorists of supernatural hazards, following numerous accidents, ascribed to supernatural occurences.

1995 A visting boys choir from Romania were forced to busk outside York Minster to raise £3000 for repairs after the bottom fell out of their coach.

1995 An independent commission set up by Paddy Ashdown, the Liberal Democrat leader, said that state pensions should be linked to earnings rather than prices.

1997 The Great Eastern rail company was criticised over its plan to offer to pay commuters up to £5.25 an hour to act as station staff. Proposed duties for such occasional staff would include selling of tickets, giving information to fellow commuters and checking train doors are closed. The staff were to be given uniforms and changing facilities.

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