July 25

This Day in History

1920

Unheralded Discoverer of DNA Is Born

In 1962, Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for their findings on the molecular structure of nucleic acids, including the form of the DNA molecule … (more...)

1917

Mata Hari sentenced to die

Mata Hari, the archetype of the seductive female spy, is sentenced to death in France for spying on Germany’s behalf. She first came to Paris in 1905 and found fame as a performer of exotic … (more...)

1865

First Modern Female Physician Dies

"James Barry," the first woman physician of modern times, who was compelled to disguise herself as a man in order to practice her profession, died on this day in 1865. Very little is known about … (more...)