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This Day in History – August 25, 2011

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1609 Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers 1718 Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans, founded 1814 Washington, D.C. is burned and White House is destroyed by British forces during the War of 1812. 1835 NY Sun publishes Moon hoax story about John Herschel 1894 Kitasato Shibasabur┼Ź discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet. 1912 1st time an aircraft recovers from a spin 1915 Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage 1916 National Park Service established in the Dept of the Interior 1919 1st scheduled passenger service by airplane (Paris-London) 1920 1st US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey) 1921 US signs peace treaty with Germany 1932 Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight 1940 1st parachute wedding 1944 Paris liberated from Nazi occupation 1945 Ten days after World War II ends with Japan announcing its surrender, armed supporters of the Communist Party of China kill Baptist missionary John Birch, regarded by some as the first victim of the Cold War. 1945 Jewish immigrants are permitted to leave Mauritius for Palestine 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. 1980 Zimbabwe joins the United Nations. 1981 Mark Chapman, John Lennon’s murderer, is sentenced to 20 years 1981 Voyager 2’s closest approach to Saturn (63,000 miles/100,000 km) 1983 US & USSR sign $10 billion grain pact 1985 Met Dwight Goodin becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games (20y 9m 9d) 1987 Dow Jones industrial stock avg reaches record 2722.42 1988 Challenger Center opens its classroom doors in Houston 1988 NASA launches space vehicle S-214 1989 Voyager 2 makes its closest approach to Neptune (0400 GMT) 1990 UN security council authorizes military action against Iraq 1991 Carl Lewis runs 100m in 9.86 seconds]]]]> ]]>

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