This Day in History: July 25

This Day in History: July 25

On this day, July 25 …

1952: Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.

Also on this day …

  • 1866: Ulysses S. Grant is named general of the Army of the United States, the first officer to hold the rank.
  • 1946: The U.S. detonates an atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device.
  • 1960: A Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, N.C., that had been the scene of a sit-in protest against its whites-only lunch counter drops its segregation policy.
  • 1972:  The notorious Tuskegee syphilis experiment comes to light as the Associated Press reports that for the previous four decades, the U.S. Public Health Service, in conjunction with the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, had been allowing poor, rural black male patients with syphilis to go without treatment, even allowing them to die, as a way of studying the disease.
  • 1978:  Louise Joy Brown, the first “test tube baby,” is born in Oldham, England.
  • 1984: Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to walk in space as she carries out more than three hours of experiments outside the orbiting space station Salyut 7.
  • 1994: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan’s King Hussein sign a declaration at the White House ending their countries’ 46-year-old formal state of war.
Moussaoui will spend the rest of his life in prison, confied for 23 hours to a cement cell.

Moussaoui will spend the rest of his life in prison, confied for 23 hours to a cement cell.

  • 2002: Zacarias Moussaoui declares he is guilty of conspiracy in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, then dramatically withdraws his plea at his arraignment in Alexandria, Va.  

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