In 1943 Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini is overthrown in a coup.

Looking backward

The north

10 years ago

July 25, 2009: For the second time in two months, the bottom line at Massena Memorial Hospital has not been what it’s supposed to be. “I think we’re finally seeing the effects of all the cuts that were made in 2008 and this year,” Chief Executive Officer Charles F. Fahd II said. Despite this, the hospital is moving forward with planning its next expansion. The hospital board is working on a $20 million wing to house more private patient rooms, clinic space and a kitchen and cafe for employees.

25 years ago

July 25, 1994: In a joint effort between the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, signs can alert experienced drivers to be more cautious when maneuvering around a new driver. The signs, first issued in New York on Thursday, are bright green embossed with a large black “N” in the center. It stands for “new” in English, “novice” in French, and “nuevo” in Spanish. Use of the new signs is optional, but young drivers are encouraged to pick up a sign and a brochure of explanation from the nearest Motor Vehicle Department office.

50 years ago

July 25, 1969: The Clayton waterfront is undergoing a clean-up drive, the latest endeavor involving a face-lifting for the amphitheater on the waterfront on Riverside Drive at the foot of John Street. Approximately half the wall had to be town down because of damage caused by inadequate draining. The stones were all numbered, photographed and then returned to their original positions.

75 years ago

July 25, 1944: Leon Arthur Graham, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Worth Graham, Harrisville, who became lost in the woods near the sugar bush on the Lonzo Graham farm Sunday, was found after a three-hour search. The child wandered away from his parents who were berrying.

100 years ago

July 25, 1919: Workmen are engaged in constructing an artificial pond and outlet in the rear of the Emma Flower Taylor residence, 224 South Massey street. The landscape surrounding the Taylor residence is beautiful and the pond and fountain will add much to the beauties of the place.

125 years ago

July 25, 1894: While feeding the bear peanuts at Glen Park yesterday, John Thompson, of Dexter, became too familiar with bruin and had the second finger on his right hand badly bitten.

150 years ago

July 25, 1869: The best fruit jars manufactured. One quart at $2.10 per doz. Half gallon $2.90 per doz. Talk about low prices now. You see 22, Race Bros. & Co. beat them all.

The world

326: Emperor Constantine refuses to carry out traditional pagan sacrifices.

1394: Charles VI of France issues a decree for the general expulsion of Jews from France.

1564: Maximilian II becomes emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

1587: Hideyoshi bans Christianity in Japan and orders all Christians to leave.

1759: British forces defeat a French army at Fort Niagara in Canada.

1799: On his way back from Syria, Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Ottomans at Aboukir, Egypt.

1814: British and American forces fight each other to a standoff at Lundy’s Lane, Canada.

1845: China grants Belgium equal trading rights with Britain, France and the United States.

1850: Gold is discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon, extending the quest for gold up the Pacific coast.

1861: The Crittenden Resolution, calling for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, is passed by Congress.

1867: President Andrew Johnson signs an act creating the territory of Wyoming.

1894: Japanese forces sink the British steamer Kowshing which was bringing Chinese reinforcements to Korea.

1909: French aviator Louis Bleriot becomes the first man to fly across the English Channel in an airplane.

1914: Russia declares that it will act to protect Serbian sovereignty.

1924: Greece announces the deportation of 50,000 Armenians.

1934: Austrian chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss is shot and killed by Nazis.

1941: The U.S. government freezes Japanese and Chinese assets.

1943: Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini is overthrown in a coup.

1944: Allied forces begin the breakthrough of German lines in Normandy.

1978: The first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, is born in Oldham, England.

1984: Svetlana Savitskaya becomes first woman to perform a space walk.

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