Today in History: August 25

Today in History: August 25

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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

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.

1991

Belarus gains independence from the USSR.

1991

The Airbus A340 makes its first flight.

2012

Severe flooding in Myanmar.