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Friday, July 25

2007Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president.
2000Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground.
1996In a military coup in Burundi, Pierre Buyoya deposes Sylvestre Ntibantunganya.
1995A gas bottle explodes in ''Saint Michel'' station of line B of the RER (Paris regional train network). Eight are killed and 80 wounded.
1994Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration, which formally ends the state of war that had existed between the nations since 1948.
1993Israel launches a massive attack against terrorist forces in Lebanon in what the Israelis call Operation Accountability, and the Lebanese call Seven-Day War.
1993The Saint James Church massacre occurs in Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa.
1984Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a space walk.
1983Black July: 37 Tamil political prisoners at the Welikada high security prison in Colombo are massacred by the fellow Sinhalese prisoners.
1979Another section of the Sinai Peninsula is peacefully returned by Israel to Egypt.
 
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