On This Day

Events in History on September 25

  • 303 On a voyage preaching the gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona is beheaded in Amiens, France.
  • 953 Ratherius becomes bishop of Luik
  • 955 Bishop Ratherius of Luik flees

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1066 Battle of Stamford Bridge: English army under King Harold II defeat invading Norwegians led by King Harald Hardrada and Harold's brother Tostig, who were both killed

King of England Harold II
King of England
Harold II
  • 1212 Emperor Frederik II ends Golden Degree (Bohemia)
  • 1340 England & France sign disarmament treaty
  • 1396 Battle of Nicopolis: Sultan Bajezid I defeats Crusades armies
  • 1492 Crewman on Pinta sights "land"-a few weeks early
  • 1513 Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crosses the Panama Isthmus becoming first European to see the Pacific Ocean
  • 1555 Freedom of Religion in Augsburg

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1560 Spanish King Philip II names Frederik Schenck of Toutenburg as 1st archbishop of Utrecht

King of Spain Philip II of Spain
King of Spain
Philip II of Spain

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1597 Amiens surrenders to French King Henry IV

  • 1639 First printing press in America
  • 1639 Suzuki Shosan, Samurai monk of Zen Buddhism, found awakening
  • 1654 England & Denmark sign trade agreement
  • 1663 Austrian Fort Neuhausl surrenders to invading Turkish army

  • 1690 Publick Occurrences, first newspaper in the American colonies (Boston), publishes first & last edition

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1775 American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen

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1780 Benedict Arnold joins the British

US General and Turncoat Benedict Arnold
US General and Turncoat
Benedict Arnold
  • 1781 -26] Joan Derks scatters "On the People of Netherlands" pamphlets

USABill of Rights

1789 US Congress proposes the Bill of Rights
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The bill of rights as it was created on September 25, 1789
The bill of rights as it was created on September 25, 1789
  • 1804 Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution, establishing the procedure for electing the President and Vice President, becomes effective
  • 1820 French Physicist François Arago announces electromagnetism in his discovery that a copper wire between the poles of a voltaic cell could laterally attract iron filings to itself

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1829 Failed assassination attempt on Simon Bolívar

Military and Political Leader Simón Bolívar
Military and Political Leader
Simón Bolívar
  • 1836 HMS Beagle anchors at St Michael
  • 1846 US troops under General Zachery Taylor occupy Monterey, Mexico, during Mexican-American War
  • 1857 Relief of Lucknow by Havelock & Outram begins
  • 1861 Secretary of US Navy authorizes enlistment of slaves
  • 1862 Skirmish at Davis' Bridge, Tennessee
  • 1867 Congress creates 1st all-black university, Howard U in Washington, D.C.
  • 1868 The Imperial Russian steam frigate Alexander Nevski shipwrecks off Jutland while carrying Grand Duke Alexei of Russia.
  • 1878 British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times newspaper in one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking
  • 1888 Royal Court Theatre, London, opens
  • 1897 1st British bus service opens
  • 1904 Charles Follis is 1st black to play professional American football
  • 1906 John Galsworthy's "Silver Box" premieres in London

  • 1906 Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrates the Telekino at Bilbao before a great crowd, guiding a boat from the shore, considered the birth of the remote control
  • 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration opens in NY
  • 1911 French battleship Liberte explodes at Toulon Harbor, 285 killed
  • 1911 Groundbreaking begins in Boston for Fenway Park
  • 1912 Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is founded in New York City
  • 1915 Battle of Loos commenced, lasted until 14th October. Chlorine gas deployed by the British was blown back into their own trenches: 59,000 British & 26,000 German casualties
  • 1915 The Second Battle of Champagne begins.

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1919 US President Woodrow Wilson suffers a breakdown in Colorado, his health never recovers

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1920 Vern Bradburn of Winnipeg Victorias kicks 9 singles in a game
  • 1922 Giants beat St Louis, to clinch John McGraw's 8th pennant
  • 1924 Malcolm Campbell sets world auto speed record at 146.16 MPH

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1926 Henry Ford announces an 8 hour, 5-day work week

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • 1926 International slavery convention signed by 20 states

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1926 Mackenzie King is re-elected as Prime Minister of Canada

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • 1929 Queen-mother Emma opens Antonie van Leeuwenhoek House in Amsterdam
  • 1930 Austrian government of Vaugoin forms
  • 1930 Zoe Akins' "Greeks Had a Word for it" premieres in NYC
  • 1932 Jimmie Foxx hits his 58th HR in last game of season
  • 1932 Poona Act signed by Madan Mohan Malaviya and B R. Amedkar in India, reserving legislative seats for depressed classes (untouchables)
  • 1933 1st state poorhouse opens in Smyrna, Georgia
  • 1933 5th "extermination campaign" against communists in Nanjing China
  • 1934 John Van Druten's "Distaff Side" premieres in NYC
  • 1935 Maxwell Anderson's play "Winterset" premieres in NYC
  • 1936 Joe Medwick sets a still-standing NL record with his 64th double
  • 1937 "il duce" visits Berlin/named "the Fuhrer" to corporal 1st class
  • 1937 Battle of P'ing-hsin-kuan Wutai Mountain
  • 1939 German Luftwaffe strikes Warsaw with (fire)bombs
  • 1939 Andorra and Germany sign a treaty ending WW I, as Versailles Peace Treaty forgot to include Andorra
  • 1940 German High Commissioner in Norway sets up Vidkun Quisling government
  • 1943 Soviet troops liberate Smolensk
  • 1944 Operation Market Garden ends in Allied failure as the last British and Polish paratroopers are evacuated from Oosterbeek, near the town of Arnhem

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1949 Evangelist Billy Graham begins his "Los Angeles Crusade" in a circus tent erected in a parking lot

Evangelist Billy Graham
Billy Graham
  • 1952 Hal Newhouser of Tigers wins his 200th game

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1954 Francois "Doc" Duvalier wins Haitian presidential election

Dictator and President of Haiti François Duvalier
Dictator and President of Haiti
François Duvalier
  • 1954 Indians win AL record 111 games
  • 1955 The Royal Jordanian Air Force is founded.
  • 1956 Transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation from Newfoundland to Oban
  • 1957 300 US Army troops guard 9 black kids return to Central High School in Arkansas
  • 1957 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • 1957 Soviet 7 year plan (1959-1965) announced
  • 1960 For 1st time since 1927, Pirates clinch NL pennant
  • 1962 Black church is destroyed by fire in Macon, Georgia
  • 1962 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1962 "New Painting of Common Objects" exhibition at Pasadena Art Museum opens - 1st show on American Pop Art
  • 1964 Jens Otto Krag forms minority government in Denmark
  • 1965 60 year old Satchel Paige of KC A's pitches 3 scoreless innings
  • 1965 Children find trunk with corpse in Amsterdam canal
  • 1972 Dutch air force drives away Russian Tupolev-bomber
  • 1972 Norway votes to join European common market
  • 1973 3-man crew of Skylab 3 make safe splashdown in Pacific after 59 days
  • 1974 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1974 Scientists first report that freon gases from aerosol sprays are destroying the ozone layer
  • 1975 Jackie Wilson suffers heart attack & lapse into a 9 yr terminal coma
  • 1976 Expo's last game at Montreal's Jarry Park
  • 1978 PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die

  • 1980 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1980 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1980 The first congress of the Democratic Youth Organization of Afghanistan held in Kabul.
  • 1981 Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as the 1st female US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1982 Northwestern ends 34 football game losing streak, beats No Ill 31-6
  • 1982 Penn prison guard George Banks kills 13 (5 were his own children)
  • 1982 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1983 Bob Forsch pitches 2nd career no-hitter, Cards beat Expos 3-0
  • 1983 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
  • 1984 Egypt & Jordan regain diplomatic relations
  • 1985 Akali Dal wins Punjab State election in India
  • 1985 Palestinian terrorists kill 3 Israeli sailors at Lanaca Cyprus
  • 1986 Antonin Scalia appointed to US Supreme Court
  • 1987 2nd coup on Fiji led by Major General Sitiveni Rabuka


1988 Pope John Paul II beatifies Friar Junípero Serra (founder of 1st Californian missions)

Missionary Junípero Serra
Junípero Serra
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1989 Archaeologists open Titus of Rhine grave in Amsterdam
  • 1989 Ronald Harwood's "Another Time" premieres in London
  • 1989 Wade Boggs is 1st to get 200 hits & 100 walks in 4 consecutive seasons

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1990 Saddam Hussein warns that US will repeat Vietnam experience

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 1990 UN Security Council vote 14-1 to impose air embargo against Iraq
  • 1991 Paramount at Madison Square Garden in NYC opens
  • 1992 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1992 Opening Main-Donau canal (North Sea-Black Sea)
  • 1992 US Mars Observer launched from Space shuttle
  • 1992 Gregory Kingsley, 12, wins right to divorce his parents & live with his foster parents, he takes name Shawn Russ
  • 1996 The last of the Magdalen Asylums closes in Ireland.
  • 1997 "ER" is performed live on TV
  • 1997 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (714 mph)
  • 1997 Marv Albert plea bargains in assault case
  • 1997 STS 86 (Atlantis 20) launches into orbit

  • 2002 The Vitim event, a possible bolide impact in Siberia, Russia.
  • 2003 A magnitude-8.0 earthquake strikes just offshore of Hokkaidō, Japan.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

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

6th President of Iraq Jalal Talabani
6th President of Iraq
Jalal Talabani

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

Fashion Designer Gianni Versace
Fashion Designer
Gianni Versace

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 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 AlMansoori becomes first Emirati in space and first Arab astronaut to travel to the International Space Station, travelling on Russian Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft

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

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • 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