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8/25/2019 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - August 25

Reprinted By Permission
From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 1609 Galileo demonstrated his first telescope; in 1718 hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana; in 1829 President Jackson made an offer to buy Texas but Mexican government refused; and in 1989 Voyager 2 flies over Neptune and its moon Triton after a 4-billion-mile journey.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1609 - Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
  • 1698 - Tsar Peter the Great returns to Moscow after trip through Western Europe
  • 1718 - Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans, founded
  • 1768 - Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England on his first voyage, on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean
  • 1829 - President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses
  • 1875 - Matthew Webb becomes 1st to swim English Channel (21h 45m)
  • 1932 - Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight
  • 1958 - Momofuku Ando markets the first package of precooked instant noodles (Chikin Ramen)
  • 1968 - Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship
  • 1986 - A's Mark McGwire hits his 1st major league home run
  • 1989 - After 12-year, 4-billion-mile journey, Voyager 2 flies over cloudtops of Neptune & its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swamps


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1530 - Ivan IV [Ivan the Terrible], 1st tsar of Russia (1533-84)
  • 1819 - Allan Pinkerton, founded Chicago detective agency
  • 1909 - Michael Rennie, England, actor (Robe, Klatuu-Day the Earth Stood Still)
  • 1910 - Ruby Keeler, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (Dames, 42nd Street)
  • 1917 - Don Defore, actor (George-Hazel, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1917 - Mel Ferrer, Elberon New Jersey, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor)
  • 1918 - Leonard Bernstein, Lawrence MA, conductor/composer (West Side Story)
  • 1923 - Monty Hall, Winnipeg Canada, TV game show host (Lets Make a Deal)
  • 1927 - Althea Gibson, Silver SC, 1st African American tennis champion in a major event
  • 1930 - Sean Connery, Edinburgh Scotland, actor (James Bond films)
  • 1931 - Regis Philbin, Bronx, New York, American talk & game show host (Joey Bishop Show, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee)
  • 1949 - Gene Simmons, [Chaim Witz], Haifa Israel, rock guitarist (KISS-Beth)
  • 1958 - Tim Burton, Burbank California, American film director (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands)

Famous Weddings

  • 1749 - British admiral Samuel Hood (24) weds Susannah Linzee in Portsmouth, England
  • 1870 - German composer Richard Wagner (57) weds Franz Liszt's daughter Cosima Liszt (32) at a Protestant church in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 1885 - "Little House On The Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder (18) weds Almonzo James Wilder (28)
  • 1925 - Suffragette Kate Sheppard (78) weds printer and author William Sidney Lovell-Smith (72) in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1928 - Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (61) weds dancer and writer Olga Ivanovna
  • 1940 - 1st parachute wedding
  • 1941 - Jazz musician Billie Holiday (26) weds trombonist Jimmy Monroe
  • 1955 - "Dracula" actor Bela Lugosi (72) weds Hope Lininger (36)
  • 1962 - Retired general Colin Powell (25) weds audiologist Alma Johnson (24) at the First Congregational Church in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1968 - "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (47) weds actor Roger Barrett (47) at the Community Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2000 - "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor Patrick Stewart (60) weds film producer Wendy Neuss (39) in Los Angeles
  • 2001 - Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, eldest son of King Harald V and heir married commoner Mette-Marit Tjessem H
  • 2002 - "Baywatch" actress Yasmine Bleeth (34) weds strip club owner Paul Cerrito at Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2007 - Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano (37) weds "Dancing with the Stars" season 3 alumna Willa Ford (26) in Athens, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • 1227 - Ghengis Khan, [Temudjin], founded Mongolia, dies
  • 1688 - Henry Morgan, English pirate
  • 1984 - Truman Capote, American author (In Cold Blood), dies of liver cancer at 59
  • 2012 - Neil Armstrong, American astronaut, dies from heart surgery complications at 82

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