On This Day

Historical Events on September 25 (Part 2)

  • 2008 China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7.
  • 2008 The "Celtic Tiger" slides into recession for the first time in over two decades, recording a 0.5% fall in second quarter GDP, following a 0.3% decline in the first quarter

Film Release

2008 Supernatural-fantasy film "Painted Skin" directed by Gordon Chan, starring Donnie Yen, Chen Kun and Zhou Xun is released

  • 2011 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Killeen Castle, Ireland: Europe regain Cup 15-13; Azahara Muñoz beats Angela Stanford 1-up to clinch the Cup for Europe
  • 2012 50 Taiwanese ships clash with the Japan Coast Guard in waters off the Senkaku Islands
  • 2012 Anouchka van Miltenburg is elected President of the House of Representatives in the Netherlands
  • 2013 Oracle Team USA defeats Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America's Cup
  • 2015 Singapore closes schools due to hazardous levels of air pollution from fires in Indonesia
  • 2015 Caitlyn Jenner officially changes her name from Bruce and her gender to a woman
  • 2016 World's largest radio telescope at 500m wide in Guizhou Province, China begins operating
  • 2016 Tour Championship Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins in a playoff with Kevin Chappell & Ryan Moore; biggest winner's prize in golf, US$10m
  • 2017 First ever woman graduates from the US Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course
  • 2017 Uber's licence to operate is not renewed by Transport for London in the UK, citing problems with background checks
  • 2017 Ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in jail for sexting underage girl

Important Vote

2017 92% of Iraqi kurds vote in favour of independence in controversial referendum

Historic Event

2018 US fashion company Michael Kors buys Italian brand versace for $2.1 billion

Film & TV History

2018 Comedian Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years in jail for 2004 sexual assault, first celebrity to be jailed in the #MeToo era

Historic Event

2018 US President Donald Trump criticizes Globalism and Iran speaking at the UN General Assembly

  • 2018 Instagram’s co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger resign from Instagram and parent company Facebook
  • 2018 Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven loses a confidence vote after election results in a hung parliament
  • 2019 Australia's Capital Territory becomes the 1st state in Australia to legalize recreational marijuana
  • 2019 Hazzaa Al Mansoori becomes first Emirati in space and the first Arab astronaut to travel to the International Space Station, travelling on Russian Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft

Historic Event

2019 Chinese President Xi Jinping opens Beijing's new Daxing International Airport designed by Zaha Hadid

  • 2019 Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva named as the new head of the IMF
  • 2019 Oaxaca becomes the second Mexican state to decriminalize abortion, during the first 12 weeks
  • 2019 Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reported to have been asked to develop a Star Wars film by the Walt Disney Company
  • 2020 Singapore announces it will be the first country in the world to use facial verification as part of its national identity scheme
  • 2020 18 people in a government convoy killed by Islamist militants in Borno State, Nigeria

Historic Event

2020 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the 1st woman to lie in state in the US Capitol in Washington D.C.

  • 2020 Magawa, an African Giant Pouched Rat, is the first rat to be awarded a prestigious PDSA hero award, for sniffing out landmines in Cambodia
  • 2021 UK announces temporary visas to try and counteract shortage of lorry drivers for deliveries to the UK amid panic buying on fuel