On This Day

On This Day in History for August 25 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1988 Challenger Center opens its classroom doors in Houston
  • 1988 Serious fire destroys historic center of Lisbon
  • 1988 Iran & Iraq begin talks to end their 8 year war
  • 1988 NASA launches space vehicle S-214

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

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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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • 1989 Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary.
  • 1990 UN security council authorizes military action against Iraq
  • 1991 91st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Mitch Voges
  • 1991 Norway & Denmark recognize independence of former USSR Baltic republics
  • 1991 White-Russia declares its independence

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1991 Linux was born when Linus Torvalds sent off the email announcing his project to create a new operating system

Software Engineer Linus Torvalds
Software Engineer
Linus Torvalds
  • 1995 Andrew Symonds scores 254 Gloucs v Glam, world record 16 x 6
  • 1995 Indians' Jose Mesa fails in save attempt after 38th consecutive saves
  • 1997 Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill Berlin Wall policy.
  • 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).

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2006 Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko is sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for money laundering, wire fraud, and extortion

Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Pavlo Lazarenko

  • 2006 Hyperion, the world's tallest living tree, a Redwood standing 115.55 m (379.1 ft), discovered by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor in Redwood National and State Parks, California
  • 2007 1st Women's Snow Polo World Championship takes place in Bariloche, Argentina
  • 2012 330 people are killed as a result of conflict in the Syrian civil war
  • 2012 85,000 people are displaced by severe floods in Myanmar
  • 2012 39 people are killed and 80 are injured after a gas leak in North Venezuelan refinery
  • 2012 Voyager 1 spacecraft, becomes the 1st spacecraft to enter interstellar space (launched in 1977)
  • 2013 41 people are killed in a wave of bomb attacks across Iraq
  • 2013 4 people are killed and 25 are injured after a train derails in Tabasco, Mexico

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2017 President Donald Trump grants presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of contempt of court for racial profiling

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017 Category 4 Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas northeast of Corpus Christi with 130 m.p.h. winds
  • 2017 Indian spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is convicted of raping two of his followers in Panchkula
  • 2017 Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for 5 years for corruption in South Korea
  • 2018 Afghan Islamic State leader Abu Saad Erhabi and 10 others killed in an air strike in province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan
  • 2019 NASA investigates possibly the 1st crime in space over astronaut Anne McClain illegally accessing bank a/c from space
  • 2019 Double Dave, a rare two-headed timber rattlesnake found in Pine Barrens forest, New Jersey

Historic DiscoveryPolio

2020 WHO announces that Africa has eradicated polio (defined as four years since last case)

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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