Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on July 25? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 25: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 25 is the 207th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 159 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 12, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,490,080 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaheptagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 187 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,312 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 25 Historical Events

  • 1261
    The city of Constantinople is recaptured by Nicaean forces under the command of Alexios Strategopoulos, re-establishing the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1978
    The Cerro Maravilla incident occurs.
  • 1983
    Black July: 37 Tamil political prisoners at the Welikada high security prison in Colombo are massacred by the fellow Sinhalese prisoners.
  • 1996
    In a military coup in Burundi, Pierre Buyoya deposes Sylvestre Ntibantunganya.
  • 2007
    Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India’s first female president.

Who were born on July 25?

  • 1946
    José Areas, Nicaraguan percussionist
  • 1953
    Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank
  • 1969
    Jon Barry, American basketball player
  • 1981
    Jani Rita, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1986
    Barbara Meier, German model

Who died on July 25?

  • 1572
    Isaac Luria, Jewish mystic (b. 1534)
  • 1790
    Johann Bernhard Basedow, German education reformer (b. 1723)
  • 2003
    Erik Brann, American musician (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1950)
  • 2003
    Ludwig Bölkow, German aeronautical engineer (b. 1912)
  • 2009
    Harry Patch, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran (b. 1898)

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