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Calendar for August 25th, 2014

1530s

  • Born 1530: Ivan IV of Russia ("Ivan the Terrible")

  • 1680s

  • 1682: 3 women die for witchcraft near Exeter, England

  • 1710s

  • 1718: New Orleans, Louisiana, founded

  • 1830s

  • 1835: Hoax about life on the Moon printed in The New York Sun

  • Born 1836: Bret Harte (author)

  • 1870s

  • 1875: British swimmer Matthew Webb was the first documented person to swim across the English Channel

  • 1900s

  • 1905: President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to descend in a submarine

  • 1910s

  • Born 1913: Walt Kelly (Pogo cartoonist)

  • 1916: National Park Service established

  • Born 1917: Mel Ferrer (actor)

  • Born 1918: Leonard Bernstein (composer)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1927: Althea Gibson (first African American female tennis player to compete in U.S. championships in 1950 and in Wimbeldon a year later)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1930: Sean Connery (actor)

  • Born 1933: Tom Skerritt (actor)

  • 1940s

  • 1940: First parachute wedding took place, in New York City

  • 1944: Paris is liberated. German occupying-officer General Deitrick von Choltitz surrendered to French Major General Jacques Le Clerc

  • 1945: Baptist missionary and U.S. Army intelligence officer John Birch was executed as a spy by Chinese Communists

  • 1950s

  • Born 1954: Elvis Costello (musician)

  • Born 1958: Tim Burton (film director, producer, screenwriter)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1968: Rachael Ray (chef)

  • 1980s

  • 1981: Closest approach to Saturn by Voyager 2

  • Died 1985: Samatha Smith (an American schoolgirl who received world-wide attention for writing to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov)

  • 1989: Closest approach of Voyager-2 to Neptune

  • 2000s

  • Died 2000: Carl Barks (illustrator of Donald Duck)

  • 2004: Two passenger jets that flew out of Moscow's Domodedovo Airport within 40 minutes of each other crashed within three or four minutes of each other, killing nearly 100 people

  • Died 2009: Edward Moore Kennedy (politician)

  • 2010s

  • 2011: An early morning 4.5-magnitude aftershock centered 31 miles east of Charlottesville, struck 2 days after an initial 5.8-magnitude quake in Virginia. The aftershock was felt as far away as Pennsylvania and New York.

  • Died 2012: Neil Armstrong (astronaut; first to set foot on the Moon)


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