On This Day

What Happened on August 25, 1944

Historical Events

  • France 2nd Tank division under General Leclerc reaches Notre Dame

Historic Event

French General Charles de Gaulle walks the Champs Elysees in Paris after the liberation of the city from Nazi occupation

  • US Army XII Corps reaches Troyes, France

Famous Birthdays

  • Anthony Heald, American actor (Orphans; Silence of Lambs), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Conrad Black, Canadian-born British newspaper magnate, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Pat Martino [Azzara], American jazz guitarist (DownBeat Guitar Player of the Year, 2004), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • Sherley Anne Williams, American poet and novelist (Dessa Rose), born in Bakersfield, California

Famous Deaths

  • Krijn van den Helm, Dutch resistance fighter (KP Leeuwarden), shot to death
  • Musa Cälil, Russian-Soviet Tatar poet (The Moabit Notebooks), and resistance fighter, executed by guillotine in Plötzensee Prison, Berlin at 38
1944 Highlights

About August 25, 1944

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 3 months and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Virgo