Today in History: July 25

Today in History: July 25

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Emperor Constantine refuses to carry out traditional pagan sacrifices.

1394

Charles VI of France issues a decree for the general expulsion of Jews from France.

1564

Maximilian II becomes emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

1587

Hideyoshi bans Christianity in Japan and orders all Christians to leave.

1759

British forces defeat a French army at Fort Niagara in Canada.

1799

On his way back from Syria, Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Ottomans at Aboukir, Egypt.

1814

British and American forces fight each other to a standoff at Lundy's Lane, Canada.

1845

China grants Belgium equal trading rights with Britain, France and the United States.

1850

Gold is discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon, extending the quest for gold up the Pacific coast.

1861

The Crittenden Resolution, calling for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, is passed by Congress.

1867

President Andrew Johnson signs an act creating the territory of Wyoming.

1894

Japanese forces sink the British steamer Kowshing which was bringing Chinese reinforcements to Korea.

1909

French aviator Louis Bleriot becomes the first man to fly across the English Channel in an airplane.

1914

Russia declares that it will act to protect Serbian sovereignty.

1924

Greece announces the deportation of 50,000 Armenians.

1934

Austrian chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss is shot and killed by Nazis.

1941

The U.S. government freezes Japanese and Chinese assets.

1943

Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini is overthrown in a coup.

1944

Allied forces begin the breakthrough of German lines in Normandy.

1978

The first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, is born in Oldham, England.

1984

Svetlana Savitskaya becomes first woman to perform a space walk.