What Happened – July 25

It was on this day in 1965 that Bob Dylan got boo’d on stage. The event was the Newport Folk Festival, and there are conflicting reasons given for why the crowd turned on the popular singer. Some say it was because he was playing an electric (rather than acoustic) guitar, others blame the quality of the sound system, and the very short set he had played is also pointed to as a reason. His set list that evening was Maggie’s Farm, Like a Rolling Stone, and an early verision of It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry. After he and the band left the stage briefly, Bob returned to play acoustic versions of Mr. Tambourine Man & It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue. Bob Dylan would not play this festival again until 2002, when he performed wearing a wig and fake beard.

The first event that Wiki takes note of occurring on this day is “285 – Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler” and the most recent is “2007 – Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India’s first woman president.

A few other things that also took place on this day are:

1837 – First commercial use of the telegraph occurs in London.

1861 – US Congress passes a resolution that states the Civil War is not being fought to end slavery, but rather to preserve the Union.

1946 – Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis appear on stage for the first time as a comedy duo.


Slices of birthday cake go out to Michael Welch, Jay R. Ferguson, Louise Brown, Matt LeBlanc, Verdine White, and Jim McCarty.

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