What do Constantine, James I and Amadeus have in common? They share an anniversary on July 25. Here are 6 more odd but true events from July 25.
- 306 – Constantine I is proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops. Nine years later in 315, the Arch of Constantine is completed near the Colosseum in Rome to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge.
- 1603 – James VI of Scotland is crowned king of England (James I of England), bringing the Kingdoms of England, Ireland and Scotland into personal union. Political union won't occur for over another 100 years, in 1707. This is also the King James who commissioned what is known as the King James version of the English Bible.
- 1788 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his Symphony No. 40 in G minor (K550).
- 1837 – The first commercial use of an electrical telegraph is successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone on July 25, 1837 between Euston and Camden Townin London.
- 1853 – Joaquin Murrieta, the famous Californio bandit known as "Robin Hood of El Dorado", is killed.
- 1920 – The first transatlantic two-way radio broadcast takes place.
- 1965 – Bob Dylan goes electric as he plugs in at the Newport Folk Festival, signaling a major change in folk and rock music.
- 1978 – Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby" is born.
- 2007 – Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first female president.
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