July 25 in Pop Culture History

July 25 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

July 25 History Highlights

  • 1909 – Louis Bleriot became the first person to fly over the English Channel between France and England.
  • 1956 – The Andrea Doria sank off Nantucket, MA. Although 1,660 passengers were rescued, 46 people were killed in the accident.
  • 1965 – Bob Dylan used an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival, and fans did not like the new sound.
  • If you were born on July 25th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… November 1st (prior year)

National Carousel (Merry-Go-Round) Day

The merry-go-round is a rotating circular platform with seats for riders. The motor spins the ride around its central pole and between rows of animals, passengers can take their pick from many colorful wooden horses or other creatures that move up and down to simulate galloping!

An amusement park staple, the carousel is a circular platform that rotates around an axis. The rides are filled with people of all ages, riding animals as well! It’s powered by a motor in order to make it spin while maintaining its stability. There might be times when you see one animal grazing on grass, or another horse trotting up and down for everyone to admire before returning back into their poses once again, just like they were galloping.

July 25, 1871 – The first carousel patent was issued to William Schneider and he is considered the official inventor of the modern carousel by the US Patent Office.

More carousel trivia.

July 25 is…

Feast of Saint James
Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day
National Carousel Day
National Hire a Veteran Day
National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
National Wine and Cheese Day
Red Shoe Day
Thread the Needle Day

July 25 Birthday Quotes

“I believe that laughter is the best emotional Band-Aid in the world. It’s like nature’s Neosporin.”
– Matt LeBlanc

“When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.”
– Walter Payton

“There are countless artists whose shoes I am not worthy to polish – whose prints would not pay the printer. The question of judgment is a puzzling one.”
– Maxfield Parrish

“Beauty, strength, youth, are flowers but fading seen;
Duty, faith, love, are roots, and ever green.”
– George Peele

“You can do anything you want to do.”
– Estelle Getty

July 25 Birthdays

1556 – George Peele, English translator, poet, and dramatist (died in 1596)
1857 – Frank J. Sprague, American inventor (died in 1934)
1870 – Maxfield Parrish, American painter and illustrator (died in 1966)
1894 – Walter Brennan, American actor (died in 1974)
1901 – Lila Lee, American actress and singer (died in 1973)
1915 – Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., American lieutenant and pilot (died in 1944)
1923 – Estelle Getty, American actress (died in 2008)
1935 – Barbara Harris, American actress and singer (died in 2018)
1935 – Adnan Khashoggi, Saudi Arabian businessman (died in 2017)
1941 – Emmett Till, American lynching victim (died in 1955)
1954 – Walter Payton, American football player and race car driver (died in 1999)
1955 – Iman, Somalian-English model and actress
1965 – Illeana Douglas, American actress
1967 – Matt LeBlanc, American actor
1974 – Lauren Faust, American animator and producer
1978 – Louise Brown, first human to be born via IVF
1982 – Brad Renfro, American actor (died in 2008)

July 25 History

306 – Constantine I (Constantine The Great) was proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops.

315 – The Arch of Constantine was completed near the Colosseum in Rome

1593 – Henry IV of France converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism.

1668 (Earthquake) China

1788 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Symphony No. 40 in G minor.

1861 – The United States Congress passed the Crittenden-Johnson Resolution, stating that the war was being fought to preserve the Union and not to end slavery.

1868 – The Wyoming Territory was established.

1925 – Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS) was established.

1946 – Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team at Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

1953 – #1 Hit July 25, 1953 – August 7, 1953: Eddie Fisher – I’m Walking Behind You

1956 – The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm in 200 feet of water 50 miles southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass.

1959 – The SR.N1 hovercraft crossed the English Channel from Calais, France to Dover, England in just over two hours.

1965 – Bob Dylan played an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival, surprising fans of folk and rock music.

1970 – #1 Hit July 25, 1970 – August 21, 1970: The Carpenters – (They Long to Be) Close to You

1975 – Broadway Show – A Chorus Line (Musical) July 25, 1975

1976 – Viking 1 took the now-famous Face on Mars photo.

July 25, 1976 Birthday (fictional) Steve Urkel, Family Matters, TV

1978 – Louise Brown, the world’s first “test-tube baby” (in vitro fertilization, or IVF)was born at Oldham General Hospital, Oldham, England.

1981 – #1 Hit July 25, 1981 – July 31, 1981: Air Supply – The One That You Love

1984 – Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to perform a spacewalk.

2010 – WikiLeaks published classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in US military history.

2015 – #1 Hit July 25, 2015 – August 21, 2015: OMI – Cheerleader

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The “Berenstain Bears Alternate Universe Theory” – in which people believe that they have switched over to a parallel universe because they explicitly remember “Berenstain” spelled as “Berenstein”

The Capital of Micronesia, Federated States of is Palikir

Purposely failing to complete a sentence is called ‘Aposiopesis’, so you…

1209 North Orange Street, Wilmington, Delaware is home to over 285,000 businesses, including American Airlines, Apple, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, Cargill, Coca-Cola, Ford, General Electric, Google, JPMorgan Chase, and Wal-Mart.

John Hughes had an unproduced 1979 screenplay titled “Jaws 3: People 0” which is a parody sequel to the popular “Jaws” series.

Kim Cattrall – Real Name: Clare Woodgate

Tim Burton had 40 squirrels trained to crack nuts for Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.

We may never identify the exact person who was the first to light their own fart on fire, but I’d be willing to bet that person was male.

Apples float in water because 25% of their volume is made of air.

“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” – Arthur “Cody” Jarrett (James Cagney) #moviequotes

Muhammad Ali – Real Name: Cassius Marcellus Clay

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