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On This Day in History - 25th July

Birthdays

1848Arthur Balfour, British statesman
1894Walter Brennan, American film actor/Oscar winner
1930Annie Ross, British singer
1937Colin Renfrew, British archaeologist
1948Steve Goodman, American songwriter
1954Walter Payton, Former 'Chicago Bears' player

Events

1834Samuel Coolridge, the English poet, died
1909Louis Bleriot became the first man to cross the Channel by aeroplane
1943Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator, was forced to resign
1957Tunisia, North Africa, became an independent republic
1978The first ever 'test tube baby', Louise Brown, was born in Britain
1981The American spacecraft Voyager 2 reached the planet Saturn
1984A soviet cosmonaut became the first woman to walk in space