Today in History

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

July 25

1981: Anti-tour demonstrators invade Hamiltons Rugby Park, forcing the abandonment of the game between Waikato and the touring Springboks. With the threat of an air attack from a man in a stolen plane and concerns about the safety of the demonstrators, the police decided to call the game off.

1978: Louise Joy Brown is born at Oldham and Districts General Hospital in Manchester. She was the first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) Louise came in at 5 pounds 12 ounces. The Browns also had another baby through IVF, Natalie, who would become the first IVF baby to give birth to her own child in 1999, (conceived naturally). Louise would also grow up and have her own naturally conceived baby in 2006.

2000: An Air France Concorde crashes when taking off from DeGaulle Airport in Paris, killing all on board and 4 people on the ground. The Concord fleet was grounded while the crash was investigated and went back into service in 2001. After a series of small issues, the Concord service ended permanently in 2003.

1814: George Stephenson introduces his steam locomotive, a travelling engine designed for hauling coal on the Killingworth Colliery. It was named Blucher and was the first of many experimental engines designed by Stephenson used at the colliery.