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Daily Calendar for Friday, August 25, 2023


  • Ivan IV of Russia (Ivan the Terribleβ€β€œ) –
  • Bret Harte (author) –
  • Walt Kelly (Pogo cartoonist) –
  • Mel Ferrer (actor) –
  • Leonard Bernstein (composer) –
  • Althea Gibson (first African American female tennis player to compete in U.S. championships in 1950 and in Wimbeldon a year later) –
  • Sean Connery (actor) –
  • Tom Skerritt (actor) –
  • Elvis Costello (musician) –
  • Tim Burton (film director, producer, screenwriter) –
  • Blair Underwood (actor) –
  • Rachael Ray (chef) –
  • Rachel Bilson (actress) –
  • Blake Lively (actress) –
  • Stacey Farber (actress) –


  • Samatha Smith (an American schoolgirl who received world-wide attention for writing to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov) –
  • Carl Barks (illustrator of Donald Duck) –
  • Edward Moore Kennedy (politician) –
  • Neil Armstrong (astronaut; first to set foot on the Moon) –
  • John McCain (U.S. senator) –


  • 3 women die for witchcraft near Exeter, England–
  • Hundreds of French colonists arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana. This date is considered by some to be when the city was founded. Others historians consider the event to have happened earlier, such as in May.–
  • Hoax about life on the Moon printed in The New York Sun–
  • British swimmer Matthew Webb was the first documented person to swim across the English Channel–
  • President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to descend in a submarine–
  • National Park Service established–
  • First parachute wedding took place, in New York City–
  • Paris was liberated. German occupying-officer General Deitrick von Choltitz surrendered to French Major General Jacques Le Clerc–
  • Baptist missionary and U.S. Army intelligence officer John Birch was executed as a spy by Chinese Communists–
  • Closest approach to Saturn by Voyager 2–
  • Closest approach of Voyager-2 to Neptune–
  • Largest (60 million cubic feet) successfully launched NASA balloon set a world record–
  • 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–
  • 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.–


  • Madison, Wisconsin, reported a low temperature of 37 degrees F–
  • Hurricane Harvey, category 4, makes landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas.–

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