On This Day

What Happened on August 25

Important Events

  • 1609 Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
  • 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
  • 1894 Japanese scientist Shibasaburo Kitasato discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet
  • 1944 General Charles de Gaulle walks the Champs Elysees in Paris after the liberation of the city from Nazi occupation
  • 1990 UN security council authorizes military action against Iraq
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August 25 in Film & TV

  • 1955 16th Venice Film Festival: "Ordet" directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer wins Golden Lion

August 25 in Music

  • 1998 "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" debut album by Lauryn Hill is released (5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Billboard Album of the Year 1998)

August 25 in Sport

  • 1960 AFL begins placing players names on back of their jerseys

Did You Know?

Momofuku Ando markets the first package of precooked instant noodles (Chikin Ramen)

On August 25, 1958

Would You Believe?

Alicia Thornton becomes first female jockey in England riding at Knavesmire in Yorkshire

On August 25, 1804

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 (18) weds Almonzo James Wilder (28)
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