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July 25: International Quds Day; Commonwealth Constitution Day in Puerto Rico (1952)
- 1261 Alexios Strategopoulos led the Nicaean forces of Michael VIII Palaiologos to recapture Constantinople, re-establish the Byzantine Empire, and end the Latin Empire.
- 1814 War of 1812: In present-day Niagara Falls, Ontario, the United States and Great Britain engaged in Battle of Lundy's Lane, one of the deadliest ever fought on Canadian soil.
- 1909 French aviator Louis Bl riot (pictured) crossed the English Channel in a heavier-than-air flying machine, flying from near Calais, France, to Dover, England.
- 1978 Louise Brown, the world's first baby conceived through in vitro fertilisation, was born in Oldham, England.
- 2010 WikiLeaks published 75,000 classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history.
More anniversaries: July 24 July 25 July 26