25 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Ivan the Terrible, first Czar Russia,, 1530
  • King Ludwig I Bavaria, 1786
  • Allan Pinkerton, 1819
  • Bret Harte, 1836
  • King Ludwig II Bavaria, 1845
  • Bill Nye, 1850
  • Ruby Keeler, 1909
  • Walt Kelly, 1913
  • Van Johnson, 1916
  • Mel Ferrer, 1917
  • Don DeFore, 1917
  • Leonard Bernstein, 1918
  • George Wallace, 1919
  • Brian Moore, 1921
  • Monte Hall, 1923
  • Sean Connery, 1930
  • Tom Skerrit, 1933
  • Regis Philbin, 1934
  • Frederick Forsyth, 1938
  • Anne Archer, 1947
  • Martin Amis, 1949
  • Gene Simmons, 1949
  • Elvis Costello, 1954
  • Claudia Schiffer, 1971

Died On This Day:

  • Louis IX (Saint Louis) King of France, 1270
  • Queen Margaret of Anjou, 1482
  • Sir Henry Morgan, 1688
  • James Watt, 1819
  • Sir William Herschel, 1822
  • Michael Faraday, 1867
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, 1900
  • Prince George Duke of Kent killed, 1942
  • Alfred Kinsey, 1956
  • George Lincoln Rockwell killed, 1967
  • Paul Muni, 1967
  • Stan Kenton, 1979
  • Gower Champion, 1980
  • Truman Capote, 1984
  • William Warfield, 2002
  • Edward M. Kennedy, 2009
  • Neil Armstrong, 2012
  • John McCain, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 1609 - Galileo takes a few of Venice's leaders up to the city's tallest bell tower and shows them his telescope.
  • 1718 - City of New Orleans founded and named in honor of the Duke of Orleans in France.
  • 1768 - Captain James Cook sets sail on first voyage of discovery.
  • 1830 - Belgian revolution against Kingdom of Netherlands.
  • 1831 - The 'bed spring' patented by Josiah French of Ware, Mass.
  • 1835 - Great Moon Hoax launched in New York Sun alleging that British astronomer Sir John Herschel detected four billion people, oceans, beaches and fantastic animals on moon.
  • 1837 - Henry William Crawford patents process for producing galvanized iron.
  • 1875 - Matthew Webb, 27, British merchant navy captain, lands in Calais having become the first known person to swim the English Channel.
  • 1914 - Japan declares war on Austria, WW1.
  • 1916 - National Park Service founded in America.
  • 1919 - Daily air service between London and Paris inaugurated.
  • 1928 - Admiral Byrd's Antarctic Expedition leaves New York City on way to South Pole.
  • 1944 - Paris liberated by U.S. and French troops ending 4 years of German occupation; De Gaulle enters city.
  • 1966 - Orbiter-1 transmits first photo of Earth as seen from Moon.
  • 1986 - 1500 killed by cloud of toxic gas from volcanic lake in Cameroon, western Africa.
  • 1991 - Linus Torvalds, a student at University of Helsinki, reveals he is working on Linux Operating System.
  • 2017 - Tropical storm Harvey becomes Category 4 hurricane and slams into Rockport, TX and Houston; 60 to die, up to $60 billion in damages.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Genesius of Arles
  • Louis of France (died today in 1270)
  • Genesius the Actor
  • Gregory of Utrecht

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Uruguay (1825)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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