Washington, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                       PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

         Date of Report: (Date of earliest event reported) July 25, 2005

             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

          Delaware                      001-10607                 36-2678171
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(State or other jurisdiction          (Commission            (I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation)                     File Number)           Identification No.)

               307 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60601
               (Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

                                 (312) 346-8100
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Check  the  appropriate  box  below  if the  Form  8-K  filing  is  intended  to
simultaneously  satisfy the filing obligation of the Registrant under any of the
following provisions (see General Instruction A.2 below):

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    (17 CFR 230.425)

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    Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

                            Section 8 - Other Events

Item 8.01.  Other Events

On July 22, 2005, Old Republic  International  Corporation announced that it had
obtained a favorable resolution of its claim for a Federal income tax refund for
the three  calendar  years ended  December  31,  1990,  amounting  to a combined
recovery  of income  taxes  and  accumulated  interest  of  approximately  $57.9
million,  which it would  record in its  second  quarter  of 2005  statement  of

                  Section 9 - Financial Statements and Exhibits

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits

            (c) Exhibits

            99.1  Press Release dated July 22, 2005.


Pursuant  to the  requirements  of the  Securities  Exchange  Act of  1934,  the
Registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                          OLD REPUBLIC INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION

Date:July 25, 2005                        By: /s/ Karl W. Mueller
                                                  Karl W. Mueller 
                                                  Senior Vice President and
                                                  Chief Financial Officer

                                INDEX TO EXHIBITS


99.1     Press Release dated July 22, 2005.