Today In History. What Happened This Day In History.
What Happened This Day In History.
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.
- 2016 Today in History
357 Julian Caesar defeats the Alamanni at Strasbourg in Gaul. 1346 Edward III of England defeats Philip VI's army at the Battle of Crecy in France. 1758 The Prussian army defeats the invading Russians at the Battle of Zorndorf. 1765 In protest over the stamp tax, American colonists sack and burn the home of Massachusetts governor Thomas Hutchinson. 1830 The "Tom Thumb" steam locomotive runs its famous race with a horse-drawn car. The horse wins because the engine, which had been ahead, breaks down. 1862 Union and Confederate troops skirmish at Waterloo Bridge, Virginia, during the Second Bull Run Campaign. 1864 Confederate General A.P. Hill pushes back Union General Winfield Scott Hancock from Reams Station where his army has spent several days destroying railroad tracks. 1875 "Captain" Matthew Webb becomes the first man to swim across the English Channel. 1916 The National Park Service is established as part of the Department of the Interior. 1921 The United States, which never ratified the Versailles Treaty ending World War I, finally signs a peace treaty with Germany. 1925 A. Phillip Randolph organizes the Sleeping Car Porters' Union. 1940 The first parachute wedding ceremony is performed by Rev. Homer Tomlinson at the New York City World's Fair for Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward. The minister, bride and groom, best man, maid of honor and four musicians were all suspended from parachutes. 1941 British and Soviet forces enter Iran, opening up a route to supply the Soviet Union. 1943 The Allies complete the occupation of New Georgia. 1944 Paris is liberated from German occupation by Free French Forces under General Jacques LeClerc. 1948 The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing. 1950 President Harry Truman orders the U.S. Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike. 1980 Zimbabwe joins the United Nations. 1981 Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn. 1989 NASA scientists receive stunning photographs of Neptune and its moons from Voyager 2. 1989 Mayumi Moriyama, formerly head of Japan's Environmental Agency, becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary 1991 The Airbus A340 makes its first flight. 1991 Belarus gains independence from the USSR. 1991 Croatian War of Independence: 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. 2012 Severe flooding in Myanmar. Born on August 25 1913 Walt Kelly, cartoonist who created the comic strip "Pogo." 1918 Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer and pianist. 1919 George C. Wallace, governor of Alabama and presidential candidate. 1921 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne). 1927 Althea Gibson, African American tennis player, the first to play at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. 1930 Sean Connery, Scottish actor famous for playing the character James Bond in the Ian Flemming movie series. 1933 Wayne Shorter, jazz saxophonist and composer. 1938 Frederick Forsyth, author of thrillers (The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File). 1949 Martin Amis, English novelist (Money, Time's Arrow). 1949 John Savage, actor (The Deer Hunter). 1949 Gene Simmons, singer, songwriter; member of the band Kiss, one of the top-selling bands of all time. 1954 Elvis Costello, Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter ("Watching the Detectives"). 1958 Tim Burton, director, producer, screenwriter (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas). 1964 Blair Underwood, actor, director (L.A. Law TV series, The Second Coming); won Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album, An Inconvenient Truth. 1968 Rachel Ray, chef, author, TV host. 1987 Blake Lively, actress, model (Gossip Girl TV series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).