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What happened on August 25? There are more than 293 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 25

August 25 is the 237th day of the year 2019. There are 128 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 34th week of the year 2019.

On this day in Sacramento, California 95899 sunrise will occur at 11:29 AM and sunset will occur at 12:45 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Virgo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 153 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 25, 2020).

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Historical Events For August 25

  • 357
    Battle of Strasbourg: Julian, Caesar (deputy emperor) and supreme commander of the Roman army in Gaul, wins an important victory against the Alemanni at Strasbourg (Argentoratum).
  • 1248
    The Dutch city of Ommen receives city rights and fortification rights from Otto III, the Archbishop of Utrecht.
  • 1258
    Regent George Mouzalon and his brothers are killed during a coup headed by the aristocratic faction under, paving the way for its leader, Michael VIII Palaiologos, to ultimately usurp the throne of the Empire of Nicaea.
  • 1537
    The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, is formed.
  • 1580
    Battle of Alcântara. Spain defeats Portugal.
  • 1609
    Galileo Galilei demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
  • 1758
    Seven Years’ War: Frederick II of Prussia defeats the Russian army at the Battle of Zorndorf.
  • 1768
    James Cook begins his first voyage.
  • 1825
    Uruguay declares its independence from Brazil.
  • 1830
    The Belgian Revolution begins.
  • 1835
    The New York Sun perpetrates the Great Moon Hoax.
  • 1875
    Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours.
  • 1894
    Kitasato Shibasaburō discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet.
  • 1898
    700 Greek civilians, 17 British guards and the British Consul of Crete are killed by a Turkish mob in Heraklion, Greece.
  • 1912
    The Kuomintang, the Chinese nationalist party, is founded.
  • 1914
    World War I: The library of the Catholic University of Leuven is deliberately destroyed by the German Army. Hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable volumes and Gothic and Renaissance manuscripts are lost.
  • 1916
    The United States National Park Service is created.
  • 1920
    Polish-Soviet War: Battle of Warsaw, which began on August 13, ends. The Red Army is defeated.
  • 1921
    The first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain occur.
  • 1933
    The Diexi earthquake strikes Mao County, Sichuan, China and kills 9,000 people.
  • 1939
    The United Kingdom and Poland form a military alliance in which the UK promises to defend Poland in case of invasion by a foreign power.
  • 1942
    World War II: Battle of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.
  • 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 an Allied air attack, losing one destroyer and one transport sunk, and one light cruiser heavily damaged.
  • 1944
    World War II: Paris is liberated by the Allies.
  • 1945
    Ten days after World War II ends with Japan announcing its surrender, armed supporters of the Communist Party of China kill Baptist missionary John Birch, regarded by some of the American right as the first victim of the Cold War.
  • 1948
    The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing: “Confrontation Day” between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss.
  • 1950
    President Harry Truman orders the US Army to seize control of the nation’s railroads to avert a strike.
  • 1961
    President Jânio Quadros of Brazil resigns after just seven months in power.
  • 1980
    Zimbabwe joins the United Nations.
  • 1981
    Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn
  • 1989
    Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan’s first female cabinet secretary.
  • 1989
    Tadeusz Mazowiecki is chosen as the first non-communist Prime Minister in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • 1989
    Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Neptune, the outermost planet in the Solar System.
  • 1991
    Belarus gains its independence from the Soviet Union
  • 1991
    Linus Torvalds announces the first version of what will become Linux.
  • 1991
    The Airbus A340 aircraft makes it’s first flight.
  • 1991
    The Battle of Vukovar begins. An 87-day siege of a Croatian city by the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA), supported by various Serbian paramilitary forces, between August–November 1991 during the Croatian War of Independence
  • 1997
    Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill policy at the Berlin Wall.
  • 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).

Who Were Born On August 25?

  • 1530
    Tsar Ivan IV of Russia (d. 1584)
  • 1561
    Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer (d. 1632)
  • 1620
    István Gyöngyösi, Hungarian poet (d. 1704)
  • 1624
    François de la Chaise, French confessor of Louis XIV of France (d. 1709)
  • 1662
    John Leverett the Younger, American educator (d. 1724)
  • 1707
    King Louis I of Spain, (d. 1724)
  • 1719
    Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo, French painter (d. 1795)
  • 1724
    George Stubbs, British painter (d. 1806)
  • 1741
    Karl Friedrich Bahrdt, German theologian (d. 1792)
  • 1744
    Johann Gottfried Herder, German writer (d. 1803)
  • 1767
    Louis Antoine de Saint-Just, French revolutionary and writer (d. 1794)
  • 1776
    Thomas Bladen Capel Royal Navy Admiral (d. 1853)
  • 1786
    King Ludwig I of Bavaria (d. 1868)
  • 1796
    James Lick, American land baron (d. 1876)
  • 1802
    Nikolaus Lenau, Austrian poet (d. 1850)
  • 1803
    Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, the Duque de Caxias, Brazilian military leader (d. 1880)
  • 1817
    Marie-Eugénie de Jésus, Founder of the Religious of the Assumption (d. 1898)
  • 1829
    Carlo Acton, Italian composer and concert pianist (d. 1909)
  • 1836
    Bret Harte, American writer (d. 1902)
  • 1841
    Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss medical researcher; Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1917)
  • 1845
    King Ludwig II of Bavaria (d. 1886)
  • 1867
    James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat (d. 1951)
  • 1868
    Nikolaos Levidis, Greek shooter (d. unknown)
  • 1882
    Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician (d. 1966)
  • 1891
    David Shimoni, Russian-born Israeli poet and writer (d. 1956)
  • 1893
    Henry Trendley Dean, American dental researcher (d. 1962)
  • 1898
    Arthur Wood, England cricketer (d. 1973)
  • 1898
    Helmut Hasse, German mathematician (d. 1975)
  • 1900
    Hans Adolf Krebs, German physician and biochemist; Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
  • 1902
    Stefan Wolpe, German-born composer (d. 1972)
  • 1903
    Arpad Elo, American chess writer (d. 1992)
  • 1905
    Saint Faustina, Polish mystic (d. 1938)
  • 1906
    Jim Smith, England cricketer (d. 1979)
  • 1909
    Michael Rennie, English actor (d. 1971)
  • 1910
    Dorothea Tanning, American painter
  • 1910
    George Cisar, American baseball player (d. 2010)
  • 1910
    Ruby Keeler, Canadian singer and actress (d. 1993)
  • 1911
    Vo Nguyen Giap (Võ Nguyên Giáp), Vietnamese general and statesman
  • 1912
    Erich Honecker, East German politician (d. 1994)
  • 1913
    Don DeFore, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1913
    Walt Kelly, American cartoonist (d. 1973)
  • 1915
    Walter Trampler, American violist (d. 1997)
  • 1916
    Frederick Chapman Robbins, American pediatrician and virologist; Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1916
    Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator (d. 2000)
  • 1916
    Van Johnson, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1917
    Lisbeth Movin, Danish actress
  • 1917
    Mel Ferrer, Cuban-American actor, film director and film producer (d. 2008)
  • 1918
    Leonard Bernstein, American conductor and composer (d. 1990)
  • 1918
    Richard Greene, English actor (d. 1985)
  • 1919
    George Wallace, American politician (d. 1998)
  • 1921
    Brian Moore, Irish-born writer (d. 1999)
  • 1921
    Bryce Mackasey, Canadian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1921
    Monty Hall, Canadian-born game show host
  • 1924
    Zsuzsa Körmöczy, Hungarian tennis player (d. 2006)
  • 1925
    Thea Astley, Australian writer, (d. 2004)
  • 1927
    Althea Gibson, American tennis player (d. 2003)
  • 1928
    Darrell Johnson, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1928
    Herbert Kroemer, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1928
    John “Kayo” Dottley, American football player
  • 1930
    Bruce Allpress, New Zealand actor
  • 1930
    Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (d. 2003)
  • 1930
    Sir Thomas Sean Connery, Scottish actor
  • 1931
    Hal Fishman, Los Angeles based local news anchor. (d. 2007)
  • 1931
    Regis Philbin, American television host
  • 1933
    István Gaál, Hungarian film director and screenwriter (d. 2007)
  • 1933
    Patrick McManus, American outdoor humor writer
  • 1933
    Tom Skerritt, American actor
  • 1933
    Wayne Shorter, American jazz musician (Miles Davis, Weather Report)
  • 1934
    Eddie Ilarde, Filipino disk jockey, television host, and Senator
  • 1934
    Lise Bacon, French Canadian politician
  • 1935
    Charles Wright, American poet
  • 1936
    Giridharilal Kedia, Indian entrepreneur (d. 2009)
  • 1938
    David Canary, American actor
  • 1938
    Frederick Forsyth, English author
  • 1939
    John Badham, American film director
  • 1940
    José Van Dam, Belgian baritone
  • 1941
    Marshall Brickman, American film writer
  • 1942
    Nathan Deal, American politician, 82nd governor of Georgia
  • 1944
    Anthony Heald, American actor
  • 1944
    Conrad Black, newspaper magnate
  • 1944
    Jacques Demers, Canadian hockey coach
  • 1946
    Charles Ghigna (Father Goose), American poet and children’s author
  • 1946
    Charlie Sanders, American football player
  • 1946
    Rollie Fingers, American baseball player
  • 1948
    Nicholas A. Peppas, Greek chemical and biomedical engineer
  • 1949
    Fariborz Lachini, Canadian-Iranian composer
  • 1949
    Gene Simmons, Israeli-born musician (Kiss)
  • 1949
    John Savage, American actor
  • 1949
    Martin Amis, English novelist
  • 1950
    Charles Fambrough, American jazz musician
  • 1951
    Bill Handel, American radio personality
  • 1951
    Rob Halford, English singer (Judas Priest)
  • 1952
    Duleep Mendis, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1952
    Geoff Downes, English keyboardist (The Buggles, Yes, Asia)
  • 1954
    Elvis Costello, English musician
  • 1955
    Gerd Müller, German politician
  • 1955
    Vijayakanth, Tamil actor and politician
  • 1956
    Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver (d. 1986)
  • 1956
    Takeshi Okada, Japanese football manager
  • 1957
    Sikander Bakht, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1957
    Simon McBurney, British actor, writer and theatre director
  • 1958
    Christian LeBlanc, American actor
  • 1958
    Sterling Harwood, American academic
  • 1958
    Tim Burton, American film director
  • 1959
    Ruth Ann Swenson, American operatic soprano
  • 1960
    Ashley Crow, American actress
  • 1960
    Georg Zellhofer, Austrian footballer
  • 1961
    Billy Ray Cyrus, American singer and actor
  • 1962
    David Packer, American actor
  • 1962
    Māris Bružiks, Latvian triple jumper
  • 1962
    Shahid Mahboob, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1962
    Vivian Campbell, Irish musician (Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Dio)
  • 1963
    Christine McGlade, Canadian actress (You Can't Do That on Television)
  • 1963
    Shock G, American singer and rapper (Digital Underground)
  • 1964
    Blair Underwood, American actor
  • 1964
    Dan Parent, American comic book artist and writer
  • 1964
    Joanne Whalley, British actress
  • 1964
    Marti Noxon, American television writer and producer
  • 1964
    Maxim Kontsevich, Russian mathematician
  • 1964
    Vasilios Kotronias, Greek chess grandmaster
  • 1965
    Cornelius Bennett, American football player
  • 1965
    Mia Zapata, American singer (The Gits) (d. 1993)
  • 1965
    Sanjeev Sharma, Indian cricketer
  • 1966
    Albert Belle, American baseball player
  • 1966
    Derek Sherinian, American keyboardist
  • 1966
    Robert Maschio, American actor
  • 1967
    Jeff Tweedy, American singer (Wilco)
  • 1967
    Tom Hollander, English actor
  • 1968
    Rachael Ray, American chef and television personality
  • 1968
    Rafet El Roman, Turkish singer and composer
  • 1968
    Spider One, American musician (Powerman 5000)
  • 1968
    Stuart Murdoch, Scottish musician (Belle & Sebastian)
  • 1968
    Takeshi Ueda, Japanese singer and composer
  • 1968
    Yuri Mitsui, Japanese actress, model and racing driver
  • 1969
    Cameron Mathison, Canadian actor
  • 1969
    John Witt, author, sportswriter, actor and Ballhawk
  • 1969
    Rachel Shelley, English actress
  • 1969
    Steve Staley, American voice actor
  • 1969
    Vivek Razdan, Indian cricketer
  • 1970
    Claudia Schiffer, German model
  • 1970
    Doug Glanville, American baseball player
  • 1970
    Jo Dee Messina, American country music singer
  • 1970
    Robert Horry, American basketball player
  • 1971
    Mike Lockwood, professional wrestler (d. 2003)
  • 1972
    Marvin Harrison, American football player
  • 1973
    Fatih Akın, German film director
  • 1974
    Dave Luza, Dutch comedian
  • 1974
    Eric Millegan, American actor
  • 1974
    Pablo Ozuna, Dominican baseball player
  • 1975
    Petria Thomas, Australian swimmer
  • 1976
    Alexander Skarsgård, Swedish actor
  • 1976
    Damon Jones, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Javed Qadeer, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1976
    Jensen Atwood, American actor
  • 1977
    Andy McDonald, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977
    Diego Corrales, American boxer (d. 2007)
  • 1977
    Jonathan Togo, American actor
  • 1977
    Sophie Cadieux, Canadian actress
  • 1978
    Kel Mitchell, American actor
  • 1978
    Robert Mohr, German rugby player
  • 1979
    Deanna Nolan, American basketball player
  • 1979
    Marlon Harewood, English footballer
  • 1980
    Neal Musser, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Clare Oliver, Australian cancer activist (d. 2007)
  • 1981
    Jan-Berrie Burger, Namibian cricketer
  • 1981
    Rachel Bilson, American actress
  • 1983
    James Rossiter, British racing driver
  • 1987
    Amy Macdonald, Scottish singer and songwriter
  • 1987
    Blake Lively, American actress
  • 1987
    James Wesolowski, Australian footballer
  • 1987
    Justin Upton, American baseball player
  • 1987
    Liu Yifei, Chinese actress and singer
  • 1987
    Logan Morrison, American baseball player
  • 1987
    Stacey Farber, Canadian actress
  • 1987
    Whitney Stevens, Panamanian/American pornographic actress
  • 1988
    Alexandra Burke, English singer
  • 1988
    Angela Park, Brazilian/American golfer
  • 1988
    Ray Quinn, English singer
  • 1992
    Miyabi Natsuyaki, Japanese singer
  • 1998
    China Anne McClain, American actress

Who Died On August 25?

  • 79
    Pliny the Elder, Roman author, naturalist, natural philosopher and military commander (b. 23)
  • 383
    Gratian, Roman Emperor (b. 359)
  • 471
    Gennadius I, Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 458)
  • 1192
    Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1142)
  • 1227
    Genghis Khan, Khagan of Mongol Empire (b. 1162)
  • 1270
    Louis IX of France (b. 1214)
  • 1282
    Thomas Cantilupe, English saint (b. c. 1218)
  • 1330
    Sir James Douglas, Scottish soldier (b. 1286)
  • 1482
    Margaret of Anjou, queen of Henry VI of England (b. 1429)
  • 1554
    Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, English politician (b. 1473)
  • 1632
    Thomas Dekker, English dramatist (b. c. 1572)
  • 1650
    Richard Crashaw, English poet (b. c. 1613)
  • 1688
    Henry Morgan, Welsh privateer (b. c. 1635)
  • 1699
    Christian V of Denmark (b. 1646)
  • 1711
    Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of Jersey, English politician
  • 1742
    Carlos Seixas, Portuguese composer (b. 1704)
  • 1774
    Niccolò Jommelli, Italian composer (b. 1714)
  • 1776
    David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian (b. 1711)
  • 1792
    Jacques Cazotte, French writer (b. 1719)
  • 1794
    Comte de Mercy-Argenteau, Belgian-born Austrian diplomat (b. 1727)
  • 1819
    James Watt, Scottish inventor (b. 1736)
  • 1822
    William Herschel, German-born astronomer (b. 1738)
  • 1867
    Michael Faraday, English scientist (b. 1791)
  • 1886
    Zinovios Valvis, Greek politician and Prime Minister (b. 1791)
  • 1900
    Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (b. 1844)
  • 1900
    Kuroda Kiyotaka, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1840)
  • 1904
    Henri Fantin-Latour, French painter (b. 1836)
  • 1904
    William Hall, Canadian Royal Naval sailor (b. 1827)
  • 1908
    Henri Becquerel, French physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1852)
  • 1924
    Mariano Álvarez, Filipino general (b. 1818)
  • 1925
    Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, Austro-Hungarian field marshal (b. 1852)
  • 1930
    Frankie Campbell, American Boxer (b. 1904)
  • 1938
    Aleksandr Kuprin, Russian writer (b. 1870)
  • 1939
    Babe Siebert, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1904)
  • 1940
    Jean d'Orleans, duc de Guise, Orleanist pretender to the French throne (b. 1874)
  • 1942
    George Edward Alexander Windsor, Duke of Kent (b. 1902)
  • 1945
    John Birch, American intelligence officer and missionary (b. 1918)
  • 1950
    Earl Caddock, professional wrestler (b. 1888)
  • 1956
    Alfred Kinsey, American research biologist (b. 1894)
  • 1965
    Moonlight Graham, American baseball player (b. 1879)
  • 1967
    George Lincoln Rockwell, American Nazi Party leader (b. 1918)
  • 1967
    Paul Muni, Polish actor (b. 1895)
  • 1967
    Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1883)
  • 1968
    Stan McCabe, Australian cricketer (b. 1910)
  • 1970
    Tachū Naitō, Japanese architect (b. 1886)
  • 1971
    Ted Lewis, American musician and entertainer (b. 1890)
  • 1973
    Dezső Pattantyús-Ábrahám, Hungarian politician (b. 1875)
  • 1976
    Eyvind Johnson, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1977
    Károly Kós, Hungarian writer, architect, ethnologist and politician (b. 1883)
  • 1979
    Stan Kenton, American musician and bandleader (b. 1911)
  • 1980
    Gower Champion, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1919)
  • 1981
    Nassos Kedrakas, Greek actor (b. 1915)
  • 1984
    Truman Capote, American author (b. 1924)
  • 1984
    Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (b. 1921)
  • 1984
    Waite Hoyt, American baseball player (b. 1899)
  • 1985
    Samantha Smith, American social activist (b. 1972)
  • 1990
    Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (b. 1903)
  • 1995
    Doug Stegmeyer, American bassist (b.1951)
  • 1997
    Camilla Spira, German actress (b. 1906)
  • 1999
    Rob Fisher, English musician (b. 1956)
  • 2000
    Carl Barks, American cartoonist (b. 1901)
  • 2000
    Jack Nitzsche, American record producer (b. 1937)
  • 2001
    Aaliyah, American R&B singer and actress (b. 1979)
  • 2001
    Carl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 2001
    Ken Tyrrell, British race driver and F1 team principal (b. 1924)
  • 2001
    Philippe Léotard, French actor and singer (b. 1940)
  • 2002
    Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2002
    Giannis Gionakis, Greek actor (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Peter Glotz, German politician (b. 1939)
  • 2006
    Noor Mohamed Hassanali, 2nd president of Trinidad & Tobago (b. 1918)
  • 2007
    Ray Jones, English footballer (b. 1988)
  • 2008
    Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • 2008
    Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian mountaineer (b. 1959)
  • 2009
    Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts (b. 1932)

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