About August 25

August 25, 2021 is the 237th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 128 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Virgo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 160 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 25

  • 1537
    The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, is formed.
  • 1609
    Galileo Galilei demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
  • 1758
    Seven Years’ War: Frederick II of Prussia defeats the Russian army at the Battle of Zorndorf.
  • 1768
    James Cook begins his first voyage.
  • 1875
    Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours.
  • 1894
    Kitasato Shibasaburō discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet.
  • 1898
    700 Greek civilians, 17 British guards and the British Consul of Crete are killed by a Turkish mob in Heraklion, Greece.
  • 1933
    The Diexi earthquake strikes Mao County, Sichuan, China and kills 9,000 people.
  • 1939
    The United Kingdom and Poland form a military alliance in which the UK promises to defend Poland in case of invasion by a foreign power.
  • 1942
    World War II: Battle of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.
  • 1942
    World War II: second day of the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. A Japanese naval transport convoy headed towards Guadalcanal is turned-back by an Allied air attack, losing one destroyer and one transport sunk, and one light cruiser heavily damaged.
  • 1944
    World War II: Paris is liberated by the Allies.
  • 1948
    The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing: “Confrontation Day” between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss.
  • 1950
    President Harry Truman orders the US Army to seize control of the nation’s railroads to avert a strike.
  • 1961
    President Jânio Quadros of Brazil resigns after just seven months in power.
  • 1980
    Zimbabwe joins the United Nations.
  • 1991
    Belarus gains its independence from the Soviet Union
  • 1991
    Linus Torvalds announces the first version of what will become Linux.
  • 1991
    The Airbus A340 aircraft makes it’s first flight.
  • 1991
    The Battle of Vukovar begins. An 87-day siege of a Croatian city by the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA), supported by various Serbian paramilitary forces, between August–November 1991 during the Croatian War of Independence

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