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What happened on August 25
- August 25, 0325 Council of Nicea convened by Emperor Constantine.
- August 25, 1537 "The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, is formed."
- August 25, 1558 "King Francis II of France marries Mary, Queen of Scots."
- August 25, 1580 "Battle of Alcantara, Spain defeats Portugal"
- August 25, 1580 Battle of Alcntara. Spain defeats Portugal.
- August 25, 1609 Galileo demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers
- August 25, 1609 Galileo Galilei demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
- August 25, 1689 Montr?al taken by Iroquois
- August 25, 1718 "Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans, founded"
- August 25, 1718 "New Orleans, Louisiana is founded."
- August 25, 1758 Seven Years' War: Frederick II of Prussia defeats the Russian army at the Battle of Zorndorf.
- August 25, 1768 James Cook begins his first voyage.
- August 25, 1804 Alice Meynell becomes first woman jockey (England)
- August 25, 1814 British capture Washington DC (too bad we lost it)
- August 25, 1814 "The US Library of Congress and its 3,000 books is destroyed by British troops."
- August 25, 1825 Uruguay declares independence from Brazil (National Day)
- August 25, 1825 Uruguay declares its independence from Brazil.
- August 25, 1830 Belgium revolts against Netherlands
- August 25, 1830 The Belgian Revolution begins.
- August 25, 1835 NY Sun publishes Moon hoax story about John Herschel
- August 25, 1835 The New York Sun perpetrates the Great Moon Hoax.
- August 25, 1843 First Trans-Atlantic crossing by U.S. steam powered ship
- August 25, 1862 "Secretary of War authorizes Gen Rufus Saxton to arm 5,000 slaves"
- August 25, 1864 Combination rail & ferry service available from SF to Alameda
- August 25, 1867 Scientist Michael Faraday dies.
- August 25, 1875 Capt. Matthew Webb becomes first to swim English Channel (21h 45m)
- August 25, 1888 Henry Slocum wins US Lawn Tennis Assn singles title
- August 25, 1894 Shibasaburo Kitasato discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet.
- August 25, 1900 "Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche dies in Weimar, Germany."
- August 25, 1902 The first Arabic language US daily newspaper begins publication in New York City.
- August 25, 1904 Jim Jefferies KOsJack Munroe & retains boxing heavyweight title
- August 25, 1908 "Allen Winter wins US first $50,000 trotting race"
- August 25, 1910 Yellow Cab is founded.
- August 25, 1912 "The Kuomintang, the Chinese nationalist party, is founded."
- August 25, 1915 "Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage"
- August 25, 1916 National Park Service established in the Dept of the Interior
- August 25, 1916 The United States National Park Service is created.
- August 25, 1916 The US National Park Service is established.
- August 25, 1919 Commercial air passenger service begins between England and Paris.
- August 25, 1919 The first scheduled passenger service by airplane (Paris-London)
- August 25, 1920 The first US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey)
- August 25, 1921 US signs peace treaty with Germany
- August 25, 1929 Graf Zeppelin passes over SF for LA after trans-Pacific voyage
- August 25, 1932 Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight
- August 25, 1940 "First ""parachute wedding."""
- August 25, 1940 The first parachute wedding (how do you kiss the bride?)
- August 25, 1942 "Battle of Milne Bay, Papua"
- August 25, 1942 "World War II: Second day of the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. A Japanese naval transport convoy headed towards Guadalcanal is turned-back by Allied air attack, losing one destroyer and one transport sunk, and one light cruiser heavily damaged."
- August 25, 1943 US forces overran New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II
- August 25, 1944 "Germany Army by now has sustained 400,000 men killed, wounded or captured, plus 1,300 tanks, 1,500 artillery, and 3,500 aircraft destroyed."
- August 25, 1944 Paris is taken by the Allies. General De Gaulle re-establishes a presence in the capital.
- August 25, 1944 World War II: Paris is liberated by the Allies.
- August 25, 1945 Jewish immigrants are permitted to leave Mauritius for Palestine
- August 25, 1945 "Ten days after World War II ended with Japan announcing its surrender, armed supporters of the Communist Party of China killed Baptist missionary John Birch, regarded by a portion of the American right as the first victim of the Cold War."
- August 25, 1947 "Marion Carl in D-558-I sets world aircraft speech record, 1,047 kph"
- August 25, 1950 Pres Truman orders army to seize control of RR to avert a strike
- August 25, 1950 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title
- August 25, 1950 US President Harry Truman orders the Army to take over the railroads to stop a possible strike.
- August 25, 1960 17th summer olympics opens in Rome
- August 25, 1960 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Shadows - Apache
- August 25, 1963 Paul McCartney is fined ?31 & 1 yr suspended license for speeding
- August 25, 1964 The Beatles receive a gold record their third for A Hard Day's Night.
- August 25, 1967 Paraguay accepts its constitution
- August 25, 1973 Number one hit on UK music charts - Donny Osmond - Young Love
- August 25, 1979 Number one hit on UK music charts - Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Anymore
- August 25, 1981 "Jeff Schwartz, sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09)"
- August 25, 1981 "Mark Chapman, John Lennon's murderer, is sentenced to 20 years"
- August 25, 1981 Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn
- August 25, 1981 "Voyager 2's closest approach to Saturn (63,000 miles/100,000 km)"
- August 25, 1983 US & USSR sign $10 billion grain pact
- August 25, 1985 STS 51-I scrubbed at T -9m because of an onboard computer problem
- August 25, 1987 Dow Jones industrial stock avg reaches record 2722.42
- August 25, 1988 Challenger Center opens its classroom doors in Houston
- August 25, 1988 The historical center of Lisbon is destroyed by a fire.
- August 25, 1989 Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary.
- August 25, 1989 Tadeusz Mazowiecki chosen as the first non-communist Prime Minister in Central and Eastern Europe.
- August 25, 1989 Voyager 2 makes its closest approach to Neptune (0400 GMT)
- August 25, 1990 Number one hit on UK music charts - Bombalurina - Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
- August 25, 1990 UN security council authorizes military action against Iraq
- August 25, 1991 Belarus declares independence from the Soviet Union
- August 25, 1991 Carl Lewis runs 100m in 9.86 seconds
- August 25, 1997 "Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, was convicted of a shoot-to-kill Berlin Wall policy."
- August 25, 2003 "Fifty-two people killed in two terrorist bomb blasts in cars in Mumbai, India."
- August 25, 2003 The Tli Cho land claims agreement is signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadian federal government in Rae-Edzo (now called Behchoko).
- August 25, 2007 "people killed by bomb blast in Hyderabad, India."
- August 25, 2009 "42 people are injured after a car bomb explodes at a crowded restaurant with government officials in Narathiwat, southern Thailand."
- August 25, 2009 "A bomb in Afghanistan kills four American soldiers, making 2009 the deadliest year for foreign troops since the 2001 invasion."
- August 25, 2009 "A gas explosion at a coal mine in Shanxi, China, kills at least 14 people."
- August 25, 2009 "A suicide bombing in Mesker-Yurt, Chechnya, kills three police officers. ("
- August 25, 2009 "At least 40 people are killed and 57 wounded in a car bomb explosion in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan."
- August 25, 2009 "British Prime Minister Gordon Brown repeats that the British Government played no role in the release from prison of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, it being a matter for the Scottish Government."
- August 25, 2009 "Madagascar's political rivals meet for a second round of talks in Maputo, Mozambique."
- August 25, 2009 "South Korea launches its first space rocket, Naro-1, but fails to put the STSAT-2A satellite into the planned orbit."
- August 25, 2009 Syria and Iraq recall their ambassadors over a dispute following the recent bombings in Baghdad last week.
- August 25, 2009 "The Malaysian opposition party PAS defeats the government party UMNO in the by-election at Permatang Pasir, Penang."
- August 25, 2009 "The United States budget deficit for 2009 will reach $1.6 trillion, the highest ever recorded."
- August 25, 2009 U.S. President Barack Obama nominates Ben Bernanke for his second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
- August 25, 2009 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announces plans to break off diplomatic relations with Colombia over the neighboring country's plan to allow U.S. troops access to its military bases.