25 July It Happened Today

1554  Queen Mary of England marries King Philip II of Spain.

1835  Death of English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

1907  Birth of American Jazz musician Johnny “Rabbit” Hodges.

1909  French aviator Louis Bleriot becomes the first person to cross the English Channel in an aeroplane.

1956  The Italian ocean liner SS Andrea sinks with the loss of 51 lives.

2000 An Air France Concorde crashes just after taking off from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

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