Today in History - August 25
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79CE Aug 25,
Gaius Plinius Secundus, [Plinius Maior], Roman admiral, writer, died
in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. [see Aug 24]
325 Aug 25, Council of Nicaea
ended with adoption of the Nicene Creed establishing the doctrine of
the Holy Trinity. The Council also decreed that priests cannot marry
after their ordination.
(MC, 8/25/02)(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)
383 Aug 25, Flavius Gratianus
(25), Emperor of Rome (375-383), was murdered.
357 Aug 25, Flavius Claudius
Julianus, the cousin of Constantius, beat the Alamanni in a Battle
at Strasbourg. Chonodomarius was caught.
(PCh, 1992, p.48)(HN, 8/25/99)
882 Aug 25, Louis III (19),
King of France (879-82), died.
1212 Aug 25, Children's
crusaders under Nicolas (10) reached Genoa.
1270 Aug 25, King Louis IX
(56), King of France (1226-70), died on The Eighth Crusade, which
was decimated by the Plague.
(PCh, 1992, p.114)(V.D.-H.K.p.110)(MC, 8/25/02)
1330 Aug 25,
Anti-Pope Nicolaas V overthrew himself.
1346 Aug 25, Edward III of
England defeated Philip VI's army at the Battle of Crecy in France.
The English overcame the French at the Battle of Crecy. The longbow
proved instrumental in the victory as French knights on horseback
outnumbered the British 3 to 1. At the end of the battle 1,542
French lords and knights were killed along with 20,000 soldiers. The
English lost 2 knights and 80 men. [see Aug 26]
(WSJ, 8/3/98, p.A12)(HN, 8/25/98)
1425 Aug 25,
Countess Jacoba of Bavaria escaped from jail.
1499 Aug 25, Battle at
Sapienza: An Ottoman fleet beat Venetians.
1530 Aug 25, Ivan IV (Ivan the
Terrible), 1st tsar of Russia (1533-84), was born.
1540 Aug 25, Explorer Hernando
de Alarcon traveled up the Colorado River.
1566 Aug 25, Iconoclastic fury
began in the Dutch province of Utrecht. Fanatical Calvinists
instigated religious riots in the Netherlands.
(chblue.com, 8/25/01)(TL-MB, 1988, p.21)
1580 Aug 25, Spain defeated
Portugal in the Battle of Alcantara.
1609 Aug 25, Galileo
demonstrated his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers. Galileo
Galilei had improved the newly invented telescope and pointed it at
(V.D.-H.K.p.200)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.12)
1628 Aug 25, There was as
assault on sultan of Mantarams of Batavia (the former name of
(chblue.com, 8/25/01)(WUD, 1994 p.420)
1689 Aug 25, Battle at
Charleroi: Spanish and English armies chased the French.
1689 Aug 25, The Iroquois took
1698 Aug 25, Czar Peter the
Great returned to Moscow after his trip through West-Europe.
1718 Aug 25, Hundreds of French
colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some of them settling in
present-day New Orleans.
1744 Aug 25, Johann G. von
Herder, German philosopher, theologist, poet, was born.
1758 Aug 25, The Prussian army
defeated the invading Russians at the Battle of Zorndorf. Thousands
(HN, 8/25/98)(chblue.com, 8/25/01)
1765 Aug 25, In protest over
the stamp tax, American colonists sacked and burned the home of
Massachusetts governor Thomas Hutchinson. In 1774 he was exiled to
Britain. In 1974 Bernard Bailyn authored “The Ordeal of Thomas
(HN, 8/25/98)(WSJ, 8/25/07, p.P9)
1786 Aug 25, Ludwig I (d.1868),
King of Bavaria, was born. He later had an affair with international
courtesan, Lola Montez.
1789 Aug 25, Mary Ball
Washington, mother of George, died.
1802 Aug 25, Toussaint
L'Ouverture was imprisoned in Fort de Joux, Jura, France.
1804 Aug 25, In England Alice
Meynell became the 1st woman jockey.
1814 Aug 25, British forces
destroyed the Library of Congress, containing some 3,000 books.
1819 Aug 25, Allan Pinkerton
(d.1884) was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He fled Scotland in 1842 to
avoid capture for his involvement with the revolutionary group
called the Chartists. In 1850 he founded the Pinkerton detective
agency in Chicago and later worked as Abe Lincoln's bodyguard.
1819 Aug 25, Scotsman James
Watt (b.1736), Scottish inventor, died. His 1775 improved steam
engine advanced coal mining and made the Industrial Revolution
1822 Aug 25, F. William
Herschel (85), German astronomer (discovered Uranus), died.
1825 Aug 25, Uruguay declared
its independence from Brazil.
1829 Aug 25, Pres. Jackson made
an offer to buy Texas, but the Mexican government refused.
1830 Aug 25, The "Tom Thumb"
steam locomotive, designed by Peter Cooper, ran its famous race with
a horse-drawn car. The horse won because the engine, which had been
ahead, broke down. [see Sep 18]
(HN, 8/25/98)(ON, 1/01, p.12)
1830 Aug 25, Belgium rebelled
against Netherlands. Among the reasons for rebelling were heavy
taxes on beer
(chblue.com, 8/25/01)(Econ, 12/17/11, p.125)
1835 Aug 25, Ann Rutledge (22),
said to be Lincoln's true love, died in Ill.
1836 Aug 25, Bret Harte
(d.1902), American author and journalist (Outcasts of Poker Flat),
was born in Albany, NY. "The only sure thing about luck is that it
will change." [1839 also given as a birth date]
(WUD, 1994 p.648)(AP, 4/2/98)(SFEC, 9/3/00, BR
1845 Aug 25, Ludwig II
(d.1886), King of Bavaria (1864-86), was born at Nymphenburg. He was
also called the "Mad King" for his extravagant castles.
(HN, 1/7/99)(SFEC, 4/9/00, p.T4)(MC, 8/25/02)
1857 Aug 25, The California
gold rush town of Columbia burned down in a 2nd fire that was blamed
on a Chinese cook. Miners soon evicted all Chinese from the town.
(SFEM, 3/12/00, p.T6)(CVG, Vol 16, p.24,34)
1862 Aug 25, US Secretary of
War authorized Gen. Rufus Saxton to arm 5,000 slaves.
1862 Aug 25, Union and
Confederate troops skirmished at Waterloo Bridge, Virginia, during
the Second Bull Run Campaign.
1864 Aug 25, Confederate
General A.P. Hill pushed back Union General Winfield Scott Hancock
from Reams Station where his army had spent several days destroying
railroad tracks. With Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia
stubbornly clinging to Petersburg, Ulysses S. Grant decided to cut
its vital rail lines. To perform the surgery, he selected one of the
North's proven heroes--'Hancock the Superb.'
1864 Aug 25, A combination rail
and ferry service became available from SF to Alameda, Ca.
1867 Aug 25, Michael Faraday
(b.1791), discoverer of electromagnetic induction (1831), died. In
2004 James Hamilton authored “A Life of Discovery: Michael Faraday,
Giant of the Scientific Revolution.”
1870 Aug 25, Richard
Seymour-Conway (b.1800), the Fourth Marquees of Hertford, died in
Paris. Richard Wallace (1818-1890), his illegitimate son, learned
that the nobleman was his father and inherited a priceless
collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative
objects. Much of the collection was bequeathed to Britain following
the 1897 death of Wallace’s French wife.
(http://tinyurl.com/lpesbym)(Econ, 9/20/14, p.80)
1875 Aug 25, Captain Matthew
Webb (1848-1883) became the first person to swim across the English
Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 21
hours and 45 min. Swimming the Channel entails about 35 miles of
swimming due to currents in waters that are 55 to 65 degrees
(AP, 8/25/97)(HN, 8/25/98)(ON, 2/05, p.12)
1880 Aug 25, Robert E. Stolz
(d.1976), Austrian composer, conductor, was born. He initially
auditioned under Johann Strauss and later became conductor at the
(WSJ, 12/28/99, p.A16)(MC, 8/25/02)
1891 Aug 25, Luis Iruarrizaga
Aguirre, composer, was born.
1900 Aug 25, Philosopher
Friedrich Nietzsche (55) died in Weimar, Germany. In 1999 Ronald
Taylor translated into English the book "Nietzsche and Wagner" by
Joachim Köhler. In 2002 Taylor translated Joachim Kohler’s
"Zarathustra’s Secret: The Interior Life of Friedrich Nietzsche." In
2004 Georges Liebert authored "Nietzsche and Music."
(WSJ, 2/4/99, p.A20)(AP, 8/25/00)(SSFC, 6/9/02,
p.M5)(WSJ, 1/28/04, p.D6)
1901 Aug 25, Clara Maass (25),
army nurse, sacrificed her life to prove that the mosquito carries
1908 Aug 25, The National
Association of Colored Nurses was formed.
1909 Aug 25, Ruby Keeler,
dancer (Dames, 42nd Street), was born in Halifax, NS.
1911 Aug 25, Jacopo Napoli,
composer, was born.
1912 Aug 25, An aircraft
recovered from a spin for the 1st time.
1912 Aug 25, Different
nationalities battled with each other in Macedonia.
1913 Aug 25, Walt Kelly,
cartoonist who created the comic strip "Pogo," was born.
1914 Aug 25, German army began
6 week plundering of Leuven, Belgium. German Zeppelins bombed
Antwerp, Belgium, and 10 died.
1914 Aug 25, German troops
marched into France and pushed the French army to the Sedan.
1916 Aug 25, The National Park
Service was established within the Department of the Interior by the
Organic Act. Horace Albright and Stephen Mather helped persuade the
US Congress to establish the organization.
1916 Aug 25, Erich Von Stroheim
Jr, actor, director (Napoleon, Sunset Blvd), was born.
1916 Aug 25, Van Johnson
(d.2008), film actor, was born in Newport, RI.
(SFC, 12/13/08, p.A5)
1918 Aug 25, Leonard Bernstein,
conductor and composer who initiated the television series "Young
People's Concerts," was born in Lawrence, MA.
(WUD, 1994, p.141)(HN, 8/25/98)(MC, 8/25/02)
1919 Aug 25, George C. Wallace,
governor of Alabama and presidential candidate who led the fight to
keep segregation in the South, was born in Clio, Ala.
(HN, 8/25/98)(MC, 8/25/02)
1919 Aug 25, The 1st scheduled
passenger service by airplane between Paris and London.
1921 Aug 25, Brian Moore, Irish
novelist, was born. His work included "The Lonely Passion of Judith
1921 Aug 25, The United States,
which never ratified the Versailles Treaty ending World War I,
finally signed a peace treaty with Germany.
(AP, 8/25/97)(HN, 8/25/98)
1924 Aug 25, An international
maritime treaty was drawn.
1925 Aug 25, Asa Philip
Randolph (36) began to organize the Pullman Sleeping Car Porters’
(PCh, 1992, p.768)(HN, 8/25/98)(SFC, 12/3/98,
1925 Aug 25, Last Belgian
troops vacated Duisburg.
1925 Aug 25, Uruguay became
(HFA, '96, p.36)
1926 Aug 25, Pavlos
Kountouriotis became president of Greece.
1926 Aug 25, Thomas Moran
(b.1837), American painter, was born in Bolton, England. His
paintings of Yellowstone helped persuade Congress to designate it a
national park. Moran painted "The Valley of the Cuernavaca." The
painting was stolen around 1975 from the National Museum of American
Art in Washington DC. It was recovered in 1995 at an auction house
not far from the museum. Moran was best known for works on the Grand
Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. Steven Good in Denver compiled
a catalogue raisonne on Moran and verified the above work.
(WSJ, 5/11/95, p. A-14)(SFC, 10/15/97, p.D3)
1927 Aug 25, Althea Gibson
(d.2003), Wimbledon's 1st black tennis champion (1957), was born in
(HN, 8/25/98)(WSJ, 9/29/03, p.A1)
1928 Aug 25, An expedition led
by Richard E. Byrd set sail from Hoboken, N.J., on its journey to
1929 Aug 25, Graf Zeppelin
passed over SF for LA following a trans-Pacific voyage.
(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.F8)
1930 Aug 25, Sean Connery,
Scottish actor famous for playing the character James Bond in the
Ian Flemming movie series, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Connery
is well noted actor as James Bond in many of the Bond movies.
He has acted in more serious film roles since retiring from the 007
series which won him great accolades including an Oscar (Academy
Award-winning actor: The Untouchables ; The Rock, First
Knight, The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Rising Sun,
Outland, The Longest Day; "Bond. James Bond.": Dr. No, From
Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live
Twice, Diamonds are Forever)
(HN, 8/25/98)(MC, 8/25/02)
1930 Aug 25, Siegfried Wagner
(61), conductor, composer, son of Richard Wagner, died.
1931 Aug 25, Regis Philbin,
later TV host (Who Wants to be a Millionaire), was born in NYC.
(SSFC, 12/31/06, Par p.22)
1932 Aug 25, Anatoli
Yakovlevich Kartashov, Russian cosmonaut, was born.
1932 Aug 25, Amelia Earhart
completed a transcontinental flight.
1933 Aug 25, Wayne Shorter,
jazz saxophonist and composer, was born.
1933 Aug 25, Tom Skerritt,
actor (Ryan's Four, Alien, Big Bad Mama, Pickett Fences), was born
in Detroit, Mich.
1937 Aug 25, Pullman signed a
contract with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, one of the
first substantive victories for black workers. [see Oct 1]
(SFC, 12/3/98, p.A3)
1937 Aug 25, Japanese fleet
blockaded the Chinese coast.
1938 Aug 25, Frederick Forsyth,
author of thrillers, was born. His work included "The Day of the
Jackal" (1971) and "The Odessa File."
1940 Aug 25, The first
parachute wedding ceremony was 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.
1940 Aug 25, Jose Van Dam,
bass-baritone, was born in Brussels, Belgium.
1940 Aug 25, The 1st (British)
night bombing of Germany was over Berlin.
1941 Aug 25, British and Soviet
forces entered Iran, opening up a route to supply the Soviet Union.
1941 Aug 25, German troops
conquered Novgorod, Leningrad.
1942 Aug 25, German SS began
transporting Jews of Maastricht, Neth.
1942 Aug 25, W. van Daalen,
opposition leader on Celebes, was beheaded.
1943 Aug 25, U.S. forces
completed the occupation of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands
during World War II. Losing Hill 700 to the Japanese meant defeat
for the American forces on Bougainville. To the men of the 37th
Infantry Division, that was unthinkable.
(AP, 8/25/97)(HN, 8/25/98)
1943 Aug 25, Lt. Andre Devigny
(d.1999 at 82) escaped from a German prison in Lyon, France. He was
sentenced to be executed on Aug 28 for assassinating the head of the
Fascist Italian secret police. He was captured the next day and
escaped again by diving into the Rhone River. In 1957 Robert Bresson
made the film "A Man Escaped" based on his story.
(SFC, 2/19/99, p.E2)
1943 Aug 25, Lord Mountbatten
was appointed Supreme Allied Commander in SE Asia.
1943 Aug 25, Red Army under Gen
Vatutin recaptured Achtyrka.
1944 Aug 25, US 12th Army Corp.
1944 Aug 25, Paris, occupied
since June 1940, was liberated from German occupation by Free French
Forces under General Jacques LeClerc and his 2nd Tank division.
Although ordered by Adolf Hitler to leave Paris a smoldering ruin,
Paris' military governor Major General Dietrich von Cholitz lied to
his superiors and left the city's landmarks intact. Retreating
German troops massacred 124 of Maille's 500 residents then razed the
town, possibly in retaliation for Resistance action in the region.
(AP, 8/25/97)(HNPD, 8/25/98)(HN, 8/25/98)(AP,
1944 Aug 25, In France 11 US
planes were shot down when a squadron was overwhelmed in a dogfight
with 80 German fighters. 5 pilots survived and eluded capture. 2
pilots were captured. The remains of 3 missing were later recovered.
In 2008 the remains of Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Ray Packard were
identified and returned home.
(SSFC, 11/16/08, p.B8)
1944 Aug 25, Romania declared
war on Germany.
1945 Aug 25, John Birch,
Baptist missionary and US army intelligence specialist, was killed
by Chinese Communists. His death is considered the first US death in
the struggle against communism.
1945 Aug 25, Jewish immigrants
were permitted to leave Mauritius for Palestine.
1947 Aug 25, Marion Carl, US
Navy test pilot, set a world speed record of 651 mph in a D-558-I at
Muroc Field (later Edwards AFB), Ca. He was shot to death in Oregon
by a house robber in 1998 at age 82.
(SFC, 6/30/98, p.A3)(chblue.com, 8/25/01)
1949 Aug 25, Martin Amis,
English novelist, was born. His work included "Money, Time’s Arrow."
1949 Aug 25, Gene Simmons,
musician (group: Kiss: Rock and Roll All Nite, Beth, I Was Made For
Lovin' You, Forever; actor: Red Surf, Runaway, Wanted Dead or
Alive), was born.
1950 Aug 25, President Truman
ordered the Army to seize control of the nation’s railroads to avert
a strike. The railroads were returned to their owners 2 years later.
(AP, 8/25/97)(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A17)
1950 Aug 25, The navy hospital
ship USS Benevolence sank after it was struck by the SS Mary
Luckenbach in dense fog in the Golden Gate. 23 crew members of the
Benevolence died. San Francisco fisherman John A. Napoli
single-handedly rescued 70 people from the Benevolence. Napoli hurt
his back wand was forced to sell his crab boat. In 1961 US Congress
passed a bill to pay Napoli for his efforts.
(SSFC, 5/15/11, DB p.46)
1953 Aug 25, The government of
India exercised its option to purchase a majority stake in Tata
Airlines and Air India International Limited was born as one of the
fruits of the Air Corporations Act that nationalized the air
1955 Aug 25, Elvis Costello
(Declan McManus), musician, songwriter (I'm Not Angry, Less than
Zero, Watching the Detectives, Clubland, Oliver's Army, Every
Day I Write the Book, I'm Your Toy, Party, Party, So Young),
1955 Aug 25, Last Soviet forces
1956 Aug 25, Alfred C. Kinsey
(62), US human sexuality researcher (Kinsey Report), died in
(TOH, 1982, p.1956)(AP, 8/25/06)
1956 Aug 25, In South Africa
the government ordered over 100,000 non-whites to leave their homes
in Johannesburg within a year, in order to make room for whites.
(EWH, 1968, p.1232)
1957 Aug 25, Prince Suvanna
Phuma formed a government in LAOS with the Pathet Lao.
1958 Aug 25, The game show
"Concentration" premiered on NBC-TV.
1958 Aug 25, President
Eisenhower signed a measure providing pensions for former U.S.
presidents and their widows.
1958 Aug 25, Momofuku Ando
(48), head of Japan’s Nissin Food Products, announced that he had
finally perfected his flash-frying method and therefore invented the
1960 Aug 25, The 17th summer
Olympics opened in Rome. Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994), was the first
African American to win three gold medals in a single Olympiad. Her
athleticism was remarkable since Rudolph contracted polio as a small
child and spent six years in a steel brace. With therapy and hard
work, Rudolph overcame her handicap to excel in basketball and
track. As a celebrity, she worked to break many gender and racial
barriers. Rudolph died of brain cancer.
(WSJ, 7/19/96, p.R6)(HN, 6/23/98)(chblue.com,
1960 Aug 25, The AFL began
placing player names on back of their jerseys.
1960 Aug 25, In Congo
demonstrations took place against premier Lumumba.
1961 Aug 25, Brazilian
president Janio Quadros resigned.
1962 Aug 25, USSR performed a
nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk.
1964 Aug 25, Singapore limited
imports from Netherlands due to Indonesian aggression.
1967 Aug 25, Beatles went to
Wales to study TM with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1967 Aug 25, George Lincoln
Rockwell (b.1918), founder of the American Nazi Party, was shot to
death in the parking lot of a shopping center in Arlington, Va.
Former party member John Patler (29) was later convicted of the
killing. In 1999 Frederick J. Simonelli authored “American Fuehrer”
George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party.”
(AP, 8/25/07)(AH, 2/06, p.60,64)
1967 Aug 25, Paraguay accepted
1968 Aug 25, Arthur Ashe became
the 1st black to win US tennis singles championship.
1968 Aug 25, In Moscow’s Red
Square eight dissidents, including Konstantin Babitsky, Larisa
Bogoraz (d.2004), Vladim Delaunay, Vladimir Dremliuga, Viktor
Fainberg, Natalia Gorbanevskaya (1936-2013), Pavel Litvinov and
Tatiana Baeva, came out in the Red Square to protest against the
invasion of the soviet troops in Czechoslovakia and paid for it with
years of lagers, exile and "special" mental hospitals.
4/8/04, p.B7)(Econ, 12/7/13, p.94)
1970 Aug 25, Claudia Schiffer,
German fashion model, was born.
1973 Aug 25, France performed a
nuclear test at Muruora Island.
1973 Aug 25, Zambia adopted a
1974 Aug 25, In Mexico Rosendo
Radilla, a guerrilla sympathizer and folk singer, disappeared after
being stopped at an army checkpoint near Acapulco. In 2009 the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered the government to
apologize, pay damages to relatives and investigate the case.
Mexico’s Interior Department apologized on Nov 17, 2011. Three
unsuccessful attempts were made to find Radilla's remains at a
former army base in Guerrero state.
1979 Aug 25, "Madwoman of
Central Park West" closed at 22 Steps in NYC after 86 performances.
1979 Aug 25, Stan Kenton
(b.1911), orchestra leader (Music 55), died.
1979 Aug 25, Cannie Bullock (8)
of San Pablo, Ca., was raped and killed. DNA evidence in 2002
identified Joseph Cordova Jr., inmate in a Colorado prison, as the
murderer. In 2007 Cordova was sentenced to death.
(SFC, 12/4/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/12/07, p.B2)
1979 Aug 25, Somalia adopted a
2nd constitution. The first was adopted in 1961 following
1980 Aug 25, The Broadway
musical "42nd Street" opened in NYC for 3486 performances. Producer
David Merrick stunned both cast and audience during the curtain call
by announcing that the show’s director, Gower Champion, had died
earlier that day.
1980 Aug 25, Gower Champion
(b.1919), director, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), died.
1981 Aug 25, The US spacecraft
Voyager 2 came within 63,000 miles of Saturn's cloud cover, sending
back pictures and data about the ringed planet and its moons.
1983 Aug 25, The US and USSR
signed a $10 billion grain pact.
1983 Aug 25, The French
cultural center in West Berlin was bombed. One person was killed and
23 injured. The attack was attributed to Carlos the Jackal, aka
Ilich Ramirez Sanchez.
1984 Aug 25, Truman Capote
(59), American novelist, playwright, and short story writer, died in
the arms and guest bedroom of Johnny Carson’s ex-wife, Joanne. His
autobiographical novella, "The Grass Harp," was made into a film
directed by Walter Matthau in 1996. He also authored "Other Voices,
Other Rooms," and "Breakfast At Tiffany’s." In 1997 George Plimpton
published his biography: "Truman Capote." In 2004 Gerald Clarke
edited: “Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote.”
(SFC, 10/11/96, p.C3)(WSJ, 12/11/97, p.A21)(SFEC,
12/14/97, p.D9)(AP, 8/25/99)(SSFC, 9/19/04, p.M3)
1984 Aug 25, The USSR performed
an underground nuclear test.
1985 Aug 25, STS 51-I was
scrubbed at T –9 min because of an onboard computer problem.
1985 Aug 25, Samantha Smith,
the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her
famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, was killed with her father in
an airplane crash in Maine.
1987 Aug 25, Dow Jones
industrial stock avg. reached a record 2722.42.
1987 Aug 25, Saudi Arabia
denounced Iran's government as a "group of terrorists," and said its
forces would deal firmly with any Iranian attempts to attack the
Saudis' Muslim holy places or vast oil fields.
1988 Aug 25, In his sharpest
attack yet on the Reagan administration's drug policies, Democratic
presidential nominee Michael Dukakis criticized U.S. dealings with
Panama's military leader, Gen. Manuel Noriega, as "criminal."
1988 Aug 25, Challenger Center
opened its classroom doors in Houston.
1988 Aug 25, NASA launched
space vehicle S-214.
1988 Aug 25, Iran and Iraq
began talks to end their 8 year war.
1988 Aug 25, A major fire
destroyed the historic center of Lisbon, Portugal.
1989 Aug 25, Rep. Barney Frank,
D-Mass., acknowledged hiring a male prostitute as a personal
employee, then firing him after suspecting the aide was selling sex
from Frank's apartment.
1989 Aug 25, NASA scientists
received stunning photographs of Neptune and its moons from Voyager
1990 Aug 25, The United Nations
gave the world’s navies the right to use force to stop vessels
trading with Iraq.
1991 Aug 25, Thousands of
abortion foes rallied at a stadium in Wichita, Kan., where six weeks
of anti-abortion protests led by Operation Rescue resulted in more
than 2,600 arrests.
1991 Aug 25, In the 43rd Emmy
Awards: LA Law, Cheers, Kirstie Alley and Patricia Wettig won.
1991 Aug 25, White-Russia
(Belarus) declared its independence.
1992 Aug 25, President Bush and
Democrat Bill Clinton appeared separately before the American Legion
in Chicago; Bush cited his World War II military service while
Clinton sought to bury the controversy over his Vietnam-era draft
1992 Aug 25, Hurricane Andrew
thrashed the Louisiana coast.
1993 Aug 25, The United States
applied limited sanctions against China and Pakistan after
concluding the Chinese had sold M-11 missile technology to the
(WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A4)(AP, 8/25/98)
1993 Aug 25, Amy Biehl,
Stanford graduate and Fulbright scholar from Newport Beach, Calif.,
was slain while attempting to drive black friends home to Guguletu
outside Cape Town. Four members of the Congress’ youth wing were
arrested, convicted and sentenced to 18-year jail terms. They later
requested amnesty from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. In
1998 the 4 men convicted of Biehl’s murder were given amnesty.
(SFC, 8/21/96, p.A8)(SFEC, 6/29/97, p.D1)(WSJ,
7/29/98, p.A1)(AP, 8/25/98)
1994 Aug 25, The US Senate
passed a $30 billion crime bill, a major victory for Pres. Clinton.
1995 Aug 25, Chinese-American
human rights activist Harry Wu, safely back on US soil after two
months in Chinese detention, said the spying case against him was
"all lies," and vowed to seek compensation from China.
1996 Aug 25, President Clinton
began a whistle-stop train trip in Huntington, W.Va., that would
take him to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
1996 Aug 25, In China Dai
Houying, novelist, and her niece were knifed to death in Shanghai
during an apparent robbery. A former chef was later tried, convicted
and sentenced to death for the murders.
(SFC, 8/30/96, p.E5)(SFC, 10/19/96, A12)
1997 Aug 25, It was reported
that the number of mutual funds today has climbed to 2,855 funds
controlling $2.13 trillion, as opposed to 1987 when there were 812
mutual funds with $241.9 billion in assets.
(WSJ, 8/25/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 25, The tobacco
industry agreed to an $11.3 billion settlement with the state of
Florida to settle a smoking-related lawsuit.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.A1)(AP, 8/25/98)
1997 Aug 25, Dow Corning Corp.
offered $2.4 billion to settle claims from more than 200,000 women
with illnesses related to silicone breast implants.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.A3)(AP, 8/25/98)
1997 Aug 25, It was reported
that the US government would pay 1,000 teaching hospitals not to
train doctors in specialties where there is a glut.
(WSJ, 8/25/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 25, Prof. William
Ferris, a scholar at the Univ. of Mississippi, was selected by Pres.
Clinton to head the National Endowment for the Humanities.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.A4)
1997 Aug 25, NASA sent a Delta
rocket aloft with the Ace solar observatory, Advanced Composition
Explorer. The 5-year $110 million project will go into orbit at a
point 1 million miles from Earth and 92 million miles from the Sun
where the gravity of Earth and Sun balance.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.A2)
1997 Aug 25, Germany convicted
3 politicians from the defunct East German era on charges related to
shootings of would-be escapees. Egon Krenz, the last leader of the
East German Communist Party, was convicted along with Politburo
members Guenther Kleiber and Guenther Schabowski.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.A8)
1997 Aug 25, From South Korea
it was reported that Samsung was proceeding with plans to
manufacture automobiles. Korea’s 5 auto manufacturers will increase
capacity to 6 million units a year.
(WSJ, 8/25/97, p.A1)
1998 Aug 25, Jose Antonio
Llama, a member of the board of the Cuban-American National
Foundation was indicted along with 6 other men for plotting to kill
Fidel Castro in 1997.
(SFC, 8/26/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 25, In Cincinnati,
Ohio, 4 boys under age 11 were charged in the sexual assault of a
(SFC, 8/26/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 25, Hurricane Bonnie
hit North Carolina with winds up to 115 mph.
(SFC, 8/26/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 25, Lewis F. Powell
Jr. (90), former Supreme Court Justice (1972-1987), died in
Richmond, Va. He wrote the majority opinion allowing colleges and
universities to consider race among other factors in student
(SFC, 8/26/98, p.A4)
1998 Aug 25, In Argentina
Horacio Estrada, a retired navy captain, was found shot to death.
Four days earlier prosecutors had begun questioning him about the
1991-1995 weapons shipments to Ecuador and Croatia.
(SFEC, 10/25/98, p.A24)(http://tinyurl.com/9r9z7)
1998 Aug 25, In Congo Pres.
Kabila declared that this day all Congolese should "take up arms,
even traditional weapons -bows and arrows, spears and other
things... to crush the enemy because otherwise we are going to
become the slaves of these...Tutsi people."
(SFC, 10/2/98, p.B7)
1998 Israel fired a rocket from
a helicopter into Lebanon that killed guerrilla leader Hossam
al-Amin. Lebanese guerrillas then fired Katyusha rockets into Israel
and injured at least 19 civilians.
(SFC, 8/26/98, p.A8)
1998 Aug 25, The Russian
ruble fell 9% and the government introduced a plan to stretch out
(SFC, 8/26/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 25, In South Africa a
bomb exploded in a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Cape Town and
killed one person and injured 24. A group called Muslims Against
Global Oppression claimed responsibility. One injured man died 10
(SFC, 8/26/98, p.A8)(SFC, 9/4/98, p.D4)
1999 Aug 25, The FBI, reversing
itself after six years, admitted that its agents might have fired
some potentially flammable tear gas canisters on the final day of
the 1993 standoff with the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas, but
said it continued to believe law enforcement agents did not start
the fire which engulfed the cult’s compound.
1999 Aug 25, It was reported
that Mickey Rooney had joined animal rights activists to support
legislation to outlaw "crush" videos, which depict small animals
being killed by scantily clad women.
(SFC, 8/25/99, p.C5)
1999 Aug 25, In Miami, Florida,
federal agents arrested 50 American Airline workers for smuggling
drugs and weapons.
(SFC, 8/26/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 25, In Kabul,
Afghanistan, a truck bomb exploded near the residence of Mullah
Mohammed Omar, leader of the Taliban, and 7 people were killed.
(SFC, 8/26/99, p.A12)
1999 Aug 25, Gen'l. Momir Talic
of Bosnia was arrested in Austria on a secret UN war crimes
indictment. Talic had commanded the 1st Krajina Corps from
(SFC, 8/26/99, p.A12)
1999 Aug 25, In Kyrgyzstan
Boris Yeltsin met with Jiang Zemin to forge a closer alliance to
counterbalance US global clout. The meeting preceded a 5-day Central
Asia summit. It was later reported that a deal was made for Russia
to sell 2 nuclear submarines to China.
(SFC, 8/26/99, p.A13)(WSJ, 9/2/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 25, In Turkey
lawmakers approved new taxes to help pay for earthquake damages,
which included a 25% surcharge on cellular telephones.
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.A14)
1999 Aug 25, In Venezuela the
constitutional assembly declared a legislative emergency and usurped
most of the functions of Congress.
(SFC, 8/26/99, p.A12)
1999 Aug 25, Police in
Yugoslavia said the bodies of 33 Gypsies fleeing from Kosovo were
recovered off of Montenegro and that as many as 100 may have drowned
when their ship sank last week.
(SFC, 8/26/99, p.A13)
2000 Aug 25, Daniel Wiant (35),
former executive of the American Cancer Society, pleaded guilty to
embezzling nearly $8 million form the charity.
(SFC, 8/26/00, p.A7)
2000 Aug 25, The shares of
Emulex Corp. fell 62% due to a false report on the company. The drop
caused an estimated $50 million investor losses. the shares
recovered after the company refuted the reports. Mark Simeon Jakob
(23) of El Segundo was arrested a week later for perpetrating the
hoax, which netted him $186,000. He was later sentenced to nearly
four years in prison for wire and securities fraud.
(SFC, 9/1/00, p.A1)(AP, 8/24/01)
2000 Aug 25, In West Virginia
the new $75 million Robert C. Boyd Green Bank Telescope, the world’s
largest fully steerable radio telescope, was dedicated following
almost 10 years of construction.
(WSJ, 8/28/00, p.B11E)
2000 Aug 25, German
intelligence confirmed that it had discovered a secret Iraqi missile
factory near Baghdad. Some 250 technicians were reported working on
ARABIL-100 short-range missiles.
(SFC, 8/26/00, p.A9)
2000 Aug 25, Former Serbian
president Ivan Stambolic (64) disappeared. In 2003 his body was
found in a lime-covered grave on a mountain in northern Serbia. In
2005 Milosevic's paramilitary commander, his secret police chief and
five others were convicted and sentenced for the killing of
(SFC, 9/1/00, p.A16)(SFC, 4/5/01, p.A10)(AP,
2001 Aug 25, Univ. of Chicago
doctors announced that they a kept a human kidney operating for 24
hours in a machine that simulated a warm human body.
(SSFC, 8/26/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 25, In the Bahamas 9
people were killed when a small plane crashed. Rhythm-and-blues
singer and actress Aaliyah Haughton (Aaliyeh, 22) was among the
(SSFC, 8/26/01, p.A16)(SFC, 8/27/01, p.A16)(NW,
2001 Aug 25, Police in Bogota,
Colombia, reported that they had found $35 million stashed in the
walls of 2 apartments, which had been used as private banks by the
North Valley Cartel.
(SSFC, 8/26/01, p.A16)
2001 Aug 25, In Oslo, Norway,
Crown Prince Haakon (28) married Mette-Marit (28), a single mother
and former waitress.
(SSFC, 8/26/01, p.A16)(AP, 8/25/02)
2001 Aug 25, Palestinian
commandoes killed an Israeli officer and 2 soldiers in a pre-dawn
raid in Bedolah, Gaza Strip. 2 commandoes of the Al Aqsa Martyrs
Brigade were killed a 1 escaped. Palestinian gunmen north of
Jerusalem killed 3 members of an Israeli family in a car ambush. 2
children were wounded.
(SSFC, 8/26/01, p.A1)
2002 Aug 25, Louisville, Ky.,
beat Sendai, Japan, 1-0 to win the Little League World Series in
South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
2002 Aug 25, Acclaimed
bass-baritone William Warfield (82), best known for his rendition of
"Ol' Man River" in the musical "Show Boat," died in Chicago.
2002 Aug 25, In England
Investigators said they had found items of clothing they believed
were worn by two slain girls the day they disappeared from their
2002 Aug 25, Iran's parliament
approved a bill giving women the right to sue for divorce, a similar
right already guaranteed for men.
2002 Aug 25, Iraq said US and
British bombing killed 8 people near Basra. A U.S.-British air raid
in southern Iraq destroyed a major military surveillance site that
monitors American troops in the Persian Gulf
(WSJ, 8/26/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/27/02)
2002 Aug 25, Philippine troops
shot dead a notorious leader of a gang of kidnappers and rescued a
girl (4) and her nanny from a week-long captivity.
2002 Aug 25, Up to 10
guerrillas from a Philippine Marxist rebel group blacklisted by the
United States were killed when the military clashed with a 40-man
New People's Army (NPA) band in Rodriguez town, a Manila suburb.
2002 Aug 25, Former Swedish
diplomat Per Anger (88), who'd worked with Raoul Wallenberg in
shielding thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps, died in
2002 Aug 25, In the UAR the
roof of a Dubai warehouse that was under construction collapsed,
killing seven people and injuring 19.
2002 Aug 25, In Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe announced his new Cabinet, firing the
moderate finance minister and keeping hard-liners who have
spearheaded harsh media controls and seizures of white-owned farms.
2003 Aug 25, NASA launched the
largest-diameter infrared telescope ever in space. NASA showed the
1st images from the $670 million Spitzer Space Telescope on Dec 18.
(WSJ, 8/26/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/19/03, p.A2)
2003 Aug 25, In southeastern
Afghanistan US jets hit a Taliban hideout and at least 14 insurgents
(SFC, 8/26/03, p.A7)
2003 Aug 25, Brazil's Pres.
Lula da Silva and Peru's Pres. Toledo signed a free-trade agreement
between Peru and Mercosur. Peru planned to join as an associate
(Econ, 8/30/03, p.25)
2003 Aug 25, Canada's Premier
Chretien signed an agreement in the Northwest Territories bestowing
self-government and mineral wealth on the 4,000 Dogrib Indians
(Tlicho First Nation).
(Econ, 8/30/03, p.26)
2003 Aug 25, In India
consecutive bombs exploded in a crowded jewelry market and a
historical landmark in Bombay, killed 53 people, wounding 150
others. The Student’s Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) was believed
responsible. Ashrat Shafiq Mohammed Ansari, Syed Mohammed Haneef
Abdul Rahim and his wife Fahmeeda Syed Mohammed Haneef were arrested
under India's tough anti-terrorism law shortly after the attacks.
All 3 were convicted and sentenced to death in 2009 after Judge M.R.
Puranic said they were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a banned,
Pakistan-based militant group formed in the 1980s.
(WSJ, 8/27/03, p.A1)(Econ, 7/15/06, p.39)(AP,
8/25/08)(AP, 7/27/09)(AP, 8/6/09)
2003 Aug 25, In Ivory Coast 2
French soldiers, part of a peacekeeping force, were killed.
2003 Aug 25, In southern Russia
a series of bomb explosions near two cafes and a bus stop in
Krasnodar, about 750 miles south of Moscow, killed at least three
people and wounding ten others.
2003 Aug 25, In Rwanda voters
lined up before dawn to vote in the country's first real
presidential election. Incumbent President Paul Kagame scored an
overwhelming election win.
2004 Aug 25, An Army
investigation found that 27 people attached to an intelligence unit
at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad either approved or participated in
the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
2004 Aug 25, David Hicks, an
Australian cowboy who'd converted to Islam and allegedly fought for
the Taliban in Afghanistan, pleaded innocent to war crimes charges
before a U.S. military commission. He was detained by the U.S.
Government in Guantanamo Bay until 2007 when he became the first to
be tried and convicted under the U.S. Military Commissions Act of
2006. He was extradited to Australia to serve the remainder of his
sentence. Hicks served his nine month term in Adelaide's Yatala
Labor Prison and was released under control order on December 29,
2004 Aug 25, The US prepared to
ship 300 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium to France for conversion
to a less-dangerous nuclear fuel.
(WSJ, 8/25/04, p.A9)
2004 Aug 25, Astronomers
reported the discovery of a planet 14 times as massive as Earth near
the star Mu Arae which is 50 light years away.
(SFC, 8/26/04, p.A2)
2004 Aug 25, Hungary chose
Ferenc Gyurcsany (43), one of the nation’s richest businessmen, as
the new premier. He made his fortune from privatization deals in the
(WSJ, 8/26/04, p.A1)(Econ, 8/28/04, p.48)
2004 Aug 25, Grand Ayatollah
Ali al-Sistani returned to Iraq from a hospital stay in London and
called for a mass demonstration to end the fighting in Najaf.
(SFC, 8/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 25, Militants said
they had kidnapped the brother-in-law of Iraqi Defense Minister
Hazem Shaalan and demanded he end all military operations in the
holy city of Najaf.
2004 Aug 25, Saboteurs attacked
about 20 oil pipelines in southern Iraq, reducing exports from the
key oil producing region by at least one third.
2004 Aug 25, Israel captured
its 1st ever gold medal with a win by Gal Fridman in wind surfing.
(WSJ, 8/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 25, Sudan said it had
closed its embassy in Washington after being unable to find a bank
that would handle its financial matters.
2005 Aug 25, The US base
closing commission voted to shut down the Army’s historic Walter
Reed hospital as it endorsed much of Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld’s broader plan to streamline support services across the
Army, Navy and Air Force.
2005 Aug 25, California sued 39
pharmaceutical companies for allegedly inflating prices.
(SFC, 8/26/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 25, in Southern
California summer heat and the loss of key transmission lines forced
power officials to impose rolling blackouts, leaving as many as half
a million people without power for an hour at a time.
2005 Aug 25, Hurricane Katrina
plodded across South Florida and left 4 people dead.
2005 Aug 25, A joint
U.S.-Afghan patrol spotted a rebel observation post and A-10
warplanes and attack helicopters were called in, killing five
2005 Aug 25, Thousands of
Chinese and Russian troops wrapped up their historic first joint
military exercises with a mock invasion by paratroopers on China's
east coast. The eight-day exercises with 7,000 Chinese troops and
1,800 Russians underscored growing military ties between the former
Cold War enemies.
2005 Aug 25, In China Monsignor
Xie Shiguang (88), the bishop of Mingdong, died of leukemia. He was
first arrested in 1955 by Chinese authorities "because of his
loyalty and obedience to the pope," and released a year later. He
was next arrested in 1958 and stayed in jail until his release in
1980. Xie was also jailed from 1984-1987, and finally for two years
starting in 1990, and was kept under surveillance by authorities
until his death.
2005 Aug 25, Two Egyptian
police officers were killed in a bomb blast in the northern Sinai.
2005 Aug 25, Haiti recalled its
top diplomat to the Dominican Republic after 3 Haitian migrants were
beaten and burned to death in an attack that has added to growing
tensions between the uneasy Caribbean neighbors.
2005 Aug 25, In India more than
two dozen people died of encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh, taking the
toll from an outbreak in the region over 200.
2005 Aug 25, UNICEF said a
measles outbreak on Indonesia's Sumba island has killed five
children and sickened 711 others.
2005 Aug 25, In an illegal
overflight an American Hermes aircraft crashed 125 miles inside
Iranian territory in the Khoram Abad area.
2005 Aug 25, The bodies of 36
men were discovered in Kut, southeast of Baghdad, on a road leading
to Iran. On Aug 29 a leader of Iraq's largest Sunni political group
blamed Shiite-led security forces for the deaths of 36 Sunnis found
shot in the head and said such acts could have unforeseen
(AP, 8/25/05)(SFC, 8/26/05, p.A12)(AP, 8/29/05)
2005 Aug 25, An Israeli
military raid on the West Bank refugee camp of Tulkarem left five
militants dead. Palestinians said at least two of the dead were
unarmed teenagers who were neighbors of the wanted men but didn't
belong to any militant group. An Orthodox Jewish man was stabbed to
death in Jerusalem.
2005 Aug 25, In central Mexico
a rain-swollen river overflowed its banks and flooded the town of
Aguililla, leaving five people dead and five others missing.
2005 Aug 25, Clashes between
rival political gangs in Pakistan left 11 people dead and dozens
more injured as voters went to the polls in the second round of key
2005 Aug 25, In Mozambique
regional health ministers unanimously agreed to declare tuberculosis
an African emergency.
2005 Aug 25, African ministers
and international donors unveiled a 1.1-billion-dollar (894 million
euro) strategy to boost catches, build fish farms and develop the
seafood sector after a high-level meeting of the New Partnership for
Africa’s Redevelopment (NEPAD) Fish for All Summit, in Abuja,
2005 Aug 25, In the southern
Russian city of Nazran 2 bombs exploded, wounding the
second-highest-ranking official in the mostly Muslim region of
Ingushetia and killing his driver, in what was described as an
2005 Aug 25, In Sweden robbers
toting automatic weapons crashed a tractor through the wall of a
Securitas compound in a Stockholm suburb. Swedish media reported
that the robbers got away with 60 million kronor (euro6.4 million,
US$7.86 million), which would make it one of the largest cash
robberies ever in the country. 2 men, aged 35 and 32, were arrested
Sep 15 in northern Stockholm on suspicion of involvement in the
2005 Aug 25, Rescue workers
began evacuating more people from submerged sections of the Swiss
capital as central and southern Europe struggled with the aftermath
of flooding that has killed at least 42 people.
2005 Aug 25, Rebels in northern
Uganda ambushed a truckload of civilians that included school
children and killed 7 people, prompting an army counterattack that
left three rebels dead.
2006 Aug 25, A college
student's checked luggage on a Continental Airlines flight that had
arrived in Houston from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was found to
contain a stick of dynamite, one of six security incidents that day
that caused US flights to be diverted, evacuated or searched.
2006 Aug 25, The US Navy
debuted Texas, its newest nuclear-powered submarine. in an Atlantic
Ocean swing off the Florida coast. This is the second in the latest
fast-attack class that marks a broad departure from the Cold War-era
2006 Aug 25, Bruce D.
Hopfengardner (46), a former US Army Reserve officer, admitted that
he steered millions of dollars in Iraq-reconstruction contracts in
exchange for jewelry, computers, cigars and sexual favors.
Hopfengardner (46) admitted conspiring with Philip H. Bloom, a US
citizen with businesses in Romania, Robert J. Stein Jr., a former
Defense Department contract official, and others to create a corrupt
bidding process that included the theft of $2 million in
2006 Aug 25, Michael John
O'Keefe, the deputy nonimmigrant visa chief at the US Consulate in
Toronto, was indicted on bribery and conspiracy charges.
International jewelry executive Sunil Agrawal, a native of India,
also was charged but remains at large.
2006 Aug 25, The Alabama
Supreme Court ruled that Richard Scrushy, the fired CEO of
HealthSouth Corp., must repay $47.8 million in bonuses he received
during a massive financial fraud at the medical services chain.
(WSJ, 8/26/06, p.A9)
2006 Aug 25, In SF former
Ukrainian PM Pavlo Lazarenko (53) was sentenced to nine years in
federal prison for money laundering, wire fraud and extortion. The
sentence, which also included $10 million in fines, was half of the
maximum sought by prosecutors. In March, he was elected to a
regional parliament office in Ukraine.
2006 Aug 25, Coca-Cola was sued
as part of a campaign to force US soft drink makers to eliminate
ingredients that can form cancer-causing benzene. Two companies,
Zone Brands and TalkingRain Beverage Co., had already settled
(SFC, 8/26/06, p.A5)
2006 Aug 25, Joseph Stefano
(84), who wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," died
in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2006 Aug 25, President Hamid
Karzai ordered an investigation into the killings of eight people in
eastern Afghanistan during a raid that US forces claimed targeted
al-Qaida members. Afghan police clashed with suspected Taliban
militants in southern Zabul province, killing six insurgents and
wounding 12. Two French soldiers were killed in an ambush in eastern
Laghman province. Separate airstrikes in southern Uruzgan province
killed 23 militants, including a known Taliban commander. British
troops with a NATO-led force used artillery fire against a convoy of
insurgents that was moving into position for attack in Helmand
province. About seven insurgents were killed and seven vehicles
(AP, 8/25/06)(AP, 8/26/06)(AFP, 8/26/06)
2006 Aug 25, In Bangladesh
suspected Maoist attackers shot dead 4 policemen and a ruling party
official after hurling bombs and firing bullets in a crowded cattle
market. Police said they suspected the Purba Banglar Communist Party
(PBCP) was behind the attack.
2006 Aug 25, Officials said
drug users who don't engage in dealing will no longer be sent to
prison under a new drug law now in effect across Brazil.
2006 Aug 25, Zhao Yan (44), a
Chinese researcher for The New York Times who has been detained
since 2004, was cleared of charges of revealing state secrets but
convicted of fraud and sentenced to three years in prison. Xinhua
News said communities in southeastern China are straining to
resettle more than 15 million people left homeless by four
devastating typhoons in recent months. A moderate earthquake jolted
southwest China, killing two people.
2006 Aug 25, In China a tanker
truck loaded with 25 tons of liquid caustic soda, colorless,
transparent corrosive liquid that rapidly burns skin and eyes, fell
into a river 3 miles away from the Xuefeng reservoir in a city
within the municipality of Weinan in Shaanxi province. It polluted a
reservoir serving at least 100,000 residents for two days until
water quality returned to normal.
2006 Aug 25, The UN established
a new mission in East Timor but left Australian-led troops in place
following a dispute over whether they should remain independent or
be part of a UN force.
2006 Aug 25, German police
arrested a 3rd suspect in connection with a failed attempt to blow
up two trains. Lebanese authorities picked up a 4th man believed to
have been involved.
2006 Aug 25, Looters ravaged
Camp Abu Naji in Amarah, a former British base, a day after the camp
was turned over to Iraqi troops, taking everything from doors and
window frames to corrugated roofing and metal pipes. A police
officer was killed in a drive-by shooting in downtown Samarra.
2006 Aug 25, Israeli aircraft
attacked two buildings in the Gaza Strip, wounding at least nine
2006 Aug 25, A military truck
carrying UN peacekeepers crashed in Ivory Coast, killing six
Bangladeshi troops and injuring 11 others.
2006 Aug 25, In Jordan top
leaders of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party gave
their leader the go-ahead to begin forming a unity government with
the militant Hamas in an effort to end internal feuding and
2006 Aug 25, Japanese officials
said Kazusaku Tezuka, the president of precision instrument maker
Mitutoyo Corp., was arrested along with four other Mitutoyo
executives and employees for the alleged export to Malaysia of
equipment that can be used in making nuclear weapons.
2006 Aug 25, The UN said
unexploded cluster bomb litter homes, gardens and highways in south
Lebanon, as the US State Department reportedly investigated whether
Israel's use of the American-made weapons violated secret agreements
with the United States.
2006 Aug 25, In Mongolia the
Dalai Lama elevated a group of monks into the Buddhist priesthood's
higher ranks, bolstering the country's traditional faith as it
struggles to re-establish itself following decades of communist
2006 Aug 25, In Niger the UN
food agency inaugurated a program to help feed hundreds of thousands
of people as the impoverished West African nation struggles to
recover from severe shortages.
2006 Aug 25, Nigerian soldiers
in Port Harcourt burned hundreds of slum houses located close to the
compound of an Italian oil company where at least one Italian worker
was kidnapped and his bodyguard killed overnight.
2006 Aug 25, Peru's jailed
ex-intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos was sentenced to six
years in prison for using government money to fund former President
Alberto Fujimori's 2000 re-election campaign. The sentence will be
served concurrently with Montesinos' 15-year prison sentence for
various corruption convictions.
2006 Aug 25, The UN food agency
said fighting between Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels and security
forces has forced at least 204,000 people from their homes in the
eastern and northern parts of the country. A food relief ship began
unloading in northern Sri Lanka to lift a two-week siege of the
Jaffna peninsula as fresh clashes left five rebels dead.
(AP, 8/25/06)(AFP, 8/25/06)
2007 Aug 25, Wyoming
Republicans decided to hold their delegate selection process on Jan
5, 2008, before both Iowa and New Hampshire.
(SFC, 8/30/07, p.A8)
2007 Aug 25, SF held its 2nd
annual Jug Band Festival at the Golden Gate Park band shell. The
annual Renaissance Fair also took place in GG park for a 4th year.
2007 Aug 25, A suicide car
bomber attacked a convoy carrying foreigners near the Afghan capital
Kabul. Two foreigners and four Afghans were wounded. A roadside bomb
killed two Afghans guarding a convoy carrying supplies for NATO-led
forces in Kandahar province, while eight suspected insurgents and a
police officer died in fighting elsewhere in the country. Afghan
soldiers in neighboring Helmand province shot and killed two
suspected Taliban fighters as they attempted to plant a roadside
bomb. In southern Afghanistan clashes between coalition troops and
Taliban fighters left at least 18 civilians dead according to
witnesses. NATO officials said no noncombatants were killed. 12
Taliban fighters were killed by artillery fire along the
Pakistan-Afghanistan border after insurgents attacked a military
post with rockets and mortars. US-led and Afghan troops struck
Taliban positions inside Pakistan in fresh clashes with the
extremist Islamic militia that left at least 19 rebels dead. A
Pakistani military spokesman denied any permission was given. Afghan
troops clashed with rebel fighters in southern Zabul province and
killed nine of them. 3 suspected militants, one of them a foreign
national, were arrested in Paktia province, dressed in all-covering
burqas worn by most Afghan women. Dozens of Taliban guerrillas
attacked police in the eastern province of Nangarhar, injuring a
district chief and one of his guards before they were repelled.
(AP, 8/25/07)(AP, 8/26/07)(AFP, 8/26/07)
2007 Aug 25, In Buenos Aires an
Argentine couple captured the stage category at the World Tango
Championships, followed by Chilean and Japanese pairs.
2007 Aug 25, Australia's
multi-billion dollar racing industry was plunged into turmoil on
after an outbreak of equine influenza triggered a national lockdown.
2007 Aug 25, Raymond Barre
(b.1924), a tough-speaking former French prime minister (1976-1981)
and economist, died.
2007 Aug 25, A senior official
of the separatist region said a plane of uncertain origin went down
over Abkhazia, a day after Georgia reported that its forces fired on
a plane believed to be Russian that had violated the country's
2007 Aug 25, A German federal
lab confirmed that tests have found that birds at a poultry farm in
southern Germany died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, and some
160,000 birds were being slaughtered as a precaution.
2007 Aug 25, In Germany more
than 1 million revelers, many scantily dressed, danced their way
through the streets of Essen to sound of whistles blowing and techno
music for the Love Parade's debut in its new home, western Germany's
industrial Ruhr region.
2007 Aug 25, Massive forest
fires swept uncontrolled across Greece for a second day and killed
at least 41 people in the south of the country, including several
2007 Aug 25, In Hungary some 56
Magyar Garda members, wearing black uniforms and black caps, were
sworn in during the ceremony at Buda Castle. Lajos Fur, former
defense minister, inaugurated the neo-fascist, self-styled civil
defense group organized by the far right Jobik party.
2007 Aug 25, In Hyderabad,
India, where Hindu-Muslim animosity runs deep, a pair of almost
simultaneous bombings blamed on Islamic extremists tore through a
popular family restaurant and an outdoor arena, killing 43 people.
Another 19 bombs were discovered and made safe in the area. In
Hyderabad, Muslims make up 40 percent of the population of 7
million. Officials blamed foreign militants.
(AP, 8/26/07)(WSJ, 8/27/07, p.A1)(Econ, 9/1/07,
2007 Aug 25, Iraqi and US
soldiers arrested 54 suspected al-Qaida members in a joint operation
on the outskirts of Baqouba.
(SFC, 8/27/07, p.A13)
2007 Aug 25, Two Palestinian
militants infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip, attacking an
Israeli military position before soldiers tracked them down and
killed them. Militants detonated a bomb near the border fence in
southern Gaza, lightly wounding four soldiers. Militants also fired
several mortars into southern Israel, causing no injuries.
2007 Aug 25, It was reported
that Liberia had some 2,511 ships registered under its flag, the
world’s 2nd largest fleet after Panama, which had 7,357. The
population was reported to be 3.3 million, with two-thirds of the
people living on less than a dollar a day. Since 2000 the Liberian
International Ship and Corporate Registry, a Virginia-based company,
managed the registry.
(Econ, 8/25/07, p.44)
2007 Aug 25, Myanmar's state
media reported that military junta has detained at least 63
activists who protested massive fuel-price hikes over the last week,
as the government pursued its clampdown on the increasingly daring
2007 Aug 25, Pakistan
successfully test-fired a new air-launched cruise missile capable of
carrying a nuclear warhead.
2007 Aug 25, Sudan said it will
allow an EU envoy it ordered out of the country to remain until his
tenure expires next month, following an EU apology.
2008 Aug 25, The US Democratic
Convention opened in the Pepsi Center of Denver, Colorado, where
Sen. Edward Kennedy passed the party’s crown to Barack Obama.
(SFC, 8/26/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 25, US immigration
agents uncovered some 350 suspected undocumented workers in a raid
on the Howard Industries electrical equipment plant in Laurel,
(SFC, 8/26/08, p.A4)
2008 Aug 25, The Afghan cabinet
demanded the renegotiation of agreements regulating the presence of
the international community in Afghanistan after more than 90
civilians were killed in US-led air strikes.
2008 Aug 25, The Danish central
bank said it has taken over Roskilde Bank, the nation's 10th largest
bank. The 124-year-old institution had been struggling amid global
financial turmoil and mounting losses on mortgage loans as housing
prices fell in Denmark.
2008 Aug 25, Honduran Pres.
Manuel Zelaya signed adherence to the Bolivarian Alternative of the
Americas (ALBA), a trade alliance created in 2004 by Venezuela and
Cuba as a regional alternative to trade agreements with the US.
(WSJ, 8/27/08, p.A9)
2008 Aug 25, In India
authorities struggled to get aid to more than 1 million people
stranded by floods in northern Bihar state. A Bihar official
described the situation as a catastrophe. Bunty (whose real name was
Om Prakash), the notorious gang leader who terrorized New Delhi from
astride a motorcycle, died in a pre-dawn shootout with police. A
Roman Catholic nun was raped by a Hindu mob in Orissa state. On Oct
24 she said that she will not cooperate with local police, alleging
that they stood by idly during the attack. In Jan, 2009, police
charged 10 men with gang raping the Catholic nun.
(AP, 8/25/08)(AP, 8/26/08)(AP, 10/24/08)(AP,
2008 Aug 25, Iranian state TV
said the country has launched production of a domestically built
submarine capable of firing missiles and torpedoes. Two other
submarines, which began production in 2005, have been delivered to
2008 Aug 25, Israel freed
nearly 200 jailed Palestinians, including a militant mastermind from
the 1970s, in a goodwill gesture just hours before US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice was to begin her latest peace mission to the
2008 Aug 25, Former PM Nawaz
Sharif said he is withdrawing his party from Pakistan's ruling
coalition because it has failed to restore judges ousted by
ex-President Pervez Musharraf. Pakistan banned the Taliban,
toughening its stance after the Islamic militant group claimed
responsibility for deadly suicide bombings against one of its most
sensitive military installations. 8 people were killed in a pre-dawn
rocket-and-bomb strike on the home of provincial lawmaker Waqar
Ahmed Khan in Swat. A Geneva prosecutor dropped money laundering
charges against Asif Ali Zardari, head of the Pakistan People’s
(AP, 8/25/08)(SFC, 8/26/08, p.A15)
2008 Aug 25, A 41-year-old
Lockheed Martin C-130 military cargo plane crashed in the waters off
the southern Philippines. Two Philippine Air Force pilots and 7
crewmen were feared dead.
2008 Aug 25, In Puerto Rico US
federal agents arrested 59 alleged members of a drug trafficking
ring in coordinated raids in a number of small towns, where some
housing projects were under siege by gangsters. Home to nearly 4
million people, Puerto Rico’s homicide rate was more than three
times the US national average. Authorities said drug trafficking was
behind the majority of the killings.
2008 Aug 25, Russia's
parliament voted unanimously to urge the president to recognize the
independence of Georgia's two breakaway regions, a move likely to
stoke further tensions between Moscow and the small Caucasus
nation's Western allies. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned
ex-Soviet Moldova against repeating Georgia's mistake of trying to
use force to seize back control of Transdniestria, a pro-Moscow
(AP, 8/25/08)(Reuters, 8/25/08)
2008 Aug 25, In northern Sri
Lanka a series of gunbattles between government forces and the Tamil
Tigers killed 15 rebels and seven soldiers.
2008 Aug 25, Deadly clashes
broke out when Sudanese security forces thrust into Kalma, one of
the largest camps for displaced people in South Darfur, leaving at
least 33 and as many as 70 people dead.
(AFP, 8/25/08)(AP, 8/26/08)(SFC, 8/28/08, p.A9)
2008 Aug 25, Zimbabwe's
opposition won the vote for speaker of the first parliament since
disputed elections in March, claiming votes even from the ruling
party of autocratic President Robert Mugabe amid stalled talks over
2009 Aug 25, The US White House
forecast a 10-year federal deficit of $9 trillion, more than the sum
of all previous deficits since America’s founding.
(SFC, 8/26/09, p.A6)
2009 Aug 25, US Senator Jim
Webb, back from a rare trip to Myanmar, called sanctions against the
military regime "overwhelmingly counter-productive" and asked the
opposition to consider taking part in upcoming elections.
2009 Aug 25, Sony Corp.
unveiled a new electronic book reader for the American market,
dubbed the “Daily Edition.” It was scheduled to become available in
December for $399 and compete with Amazon’s Kindle.
(Econ, 8/29/09, p.56)
2009 Aug 25, Sen. Edward M.
Kennedy (b.1932) of Massachusetts, died at his home on Cape Cod
after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was the last
surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty and one of the
most influential senators in history. His memoir “True Compass: A
Memoir” was published in September.
(AP, 8/26/09)(Econ, 9/19/09, p.97)
2009 Aug 25, New Mexico Gov.
Bill Richardson met with Ricardo Alarcon, president of Cuba's
parliament, as well as members of the island's chamber of commerce
as he headed a trade mission there this week.
2009 Aug 25, The Afghan
election commission said President Hamid Karzai and top challenger
Abdullah Abdullah both have roughly 40% of the nationwide vote for
president with 10% of ballots counted. A large explosion detonated
in Kandahar and was followed by gunfire on the street afterward. A
major bombing killed at least 43 people and wounded 65 in Kandahar
just after dark.
(AP, 8/25/09)(AP, 8/26/09)
2009 Aug 25, Argentina's
Supreme Court ruled out prison for pot possession, saying the
government should go after major traffickers and provide treatment
instead of jail for consumers of marijuana.
2009 Aug 25, In Belize PM Dean
Barrow rushed thru the nationalization of Belize Telemedia, the
country’s dominant telecommunications company, and appointed a new
board of directors. This was seen locally as an escalation in
Barrow’s long standing dispute with Michael Ashcroft, a British peer
with interests in Belize Bank. In 2011 Belize’s Court of appeal
ruled that the nationalization was unconstitutional.
p.41)(http://tinyurl.com/ykson7t)(Econ, 7/2/11, p.30)
2009 Aug 25, Four Ethiopian
athletes, two women and two men, fled their hotel in London and
failed to make a connecting flight to Edinburgh ahead of the Falkirk
Cup athletics event.
2009 Aug 25, In Chechnya a
suicide bombing killed three police officers at a gas
station-carwash complex in the Shali region. Earlier in the day the
Chechen Interior Ministry said a policeman was killed and another
wounded in an overnight clash with militants.
(AP, 8/25/09)(AP, 8/28/09)
2009 Aug 25, In China Wang
Yunlong, the head of the legislative committee on agriculture and
rural affairs, told his fellow lawmakers that efforts to stop the
use of "lean meat powder" (clenbuterol) had fallen short in many
areas and called for a "concentrated countrywide effort to bring it
under control." Farmers used the banned drug because it boosted
profits in two ways: It speeds up the growth of animals to get them
to market quicker and creates meat for which consumers are willing
to pay extra.
2009 Aug 25, Iraq recalled its
ambassador from Syria and demanded that Damascus hand over two
suspected Saddam Hussein loyalists it has linked to the Aug 19
2009 Aug 25, An Israeli air
strike on a smuggling tunnel between the Gaza Strip and Egypt killed
three Palestinians and wounded seven.
2009 Aug 25, The World Food
Program said that 3.8 million Kenyans need emergency food aid
because of a prolonged drought, which is even causing electrical
blackouts in the capital because there's not enough water for
2009 Aug 25, Nicaragua said it
will reroute the San Juan River on the border with Costa Rica. The
river has been at the center of a lengthy dispute between the two
Central American countries. The UN’s highest court last month set
travel rules for the San Juan River, affirming freedom for Costa
Rican boats to navigate the waterway while upholding Nicaragua's
right to regulate traffic. The judgment ended a four-year legal
battle. Under an 1858 treaty, the entire river belongs to Nicaragua
up to the Costa Rican bank, but Costa Rican ships have freedom of
navigation for commerce.
2009 Aug 25, The UN said
Somalia is facing its worst humanitarian crisis in 18 years, with
more than half of the population needing humanitarian aid amid an
2009 Aug 25, South Korea
launched its first rocket, just months after rival North Korea's
launch drew international anger, but space officials said the
satellite it carried failed to enter its intended orbit.
2009 Aug 25, Turkey's military
indicated that it would back government efforts to grant more rights
to Kurds and improve the economy of their region. The military,
however, drew the line at moves that would involve negotiating with
Kurdish rebels, harm Turkey's unity or make Kurdish an official
2009 Aug 25, An international
forum in Turkey sought to boost aid and investment in Pakistan as a
way to support its democratic institutions and curb violence there.
2010 Aug 25, The United States
said it will divert $50 million from a development package for
Pakistan toward relief funds.
2010 Aug 25, The California
Energy Commission approved the Beacon Solar Energy Project, which a
Florida company plans to build on the western edge of the Mojave
Desert. This was the first in a series of large scale solar projects
planned in California.
(SFC, 8/26/10, p.D1)
2010 Aug 25, In northern
California pot farmer Mikal Wilde killed Juarez Madrid, a hired
migrant worker, and wounded another as a third fled. In June 3,
2015, Wilde was sentenced to life in prison plus 35 years.
(SFC, 6/5/15, p.D2)
2010 Aug 25, Pres. Karzai fired
senior prosecutor Fazel Ahmed Faqiryar (72) after he repeatedly
refused to block corruption investigations of more than 2 dozen
senior Afghan officials. An Afghan driver for the Spanish police
contingent opened fire during a training exercise, killing 2 Spanish
officers and their interpreter in what appeared to be the latest in
a series of attacks by infiltrators linked to the insurgency. 10
campaign workers were kidnapped while traveling in the western
province of Herat. 3 Afghan civilians were killed by a homemade bomb
in Kandahar's Arghandab district. 2 Taliban commanders were killed
in fighting with a joint Afghan-Taliban force in Uruzgan province,
along with 12 regular insurgent fighters. In Badakhshan province
Afghan army commandos aided by US special forces discovered a major
weapons cache in the remote village of Nawci. Weapons found included
78 rockets with launchers, 47 mortar rounds, more than 9,000 rounds
of ammunition, and 24 rocket-propelled grenades. All were destroyed.
(AP, 8/25/10)(AP, 8/26/10)(AP, 8/27/10)(SSFC,
2010 Aug 25, Cosan, Brazil’s
biggest sugar and ethanol producer, signed a $12 billion joint
venture with Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s largest energy company.
2010 Aug 25, Canadian police
arrested two people in Ottowa in relation to what they called
"terrorist offenses" and said they expect to make further arrests. A
3rd person was arrested the next day in London, Ontario. Police said
they were plotting bomb attacks and had connections to a group
fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan.
(Reuters, 8/25/10)(Reuters, 8/26/10)
2010 Aug 25, Police in
northeastern Congo said they have seized 116 elephant tusks and
arrested two men following a truck crash.
2010 Aug 25, In western Congo a
passenger plane, operated by local airliner FILAIR, crashed, killing
19 people. Police said there were two survivors.
2010 Aug 25, Egypt's President
Hosni Mubarak announced plans for the government to start building
the country's first nuclear power plant at a site on the
Mediterranean coast, ending a year of controversy.
2010 Aug 25, In Grenada
businessman Michael Raeburn-Delfish was reported missing. His
severed head and limbs were found in three shallow pits on Sep 5,
2010. Suspect Ronald Michael Phillip (55), had been deported in 2000
from the United States to Granada the day after leaving a state
prison in Uncasville, Connecticut, where he had spent more than six
years. Phillip had been arrested in December 1993 on assault and
2010 Aug 25, Iran said that it
has successfully test-fired an upgraded version of a short-range
surface-to-surface missile. The third generation of the Fateh-110,
which means "conqueror" in Farsi and Arabic, with an improved range
of 250 km and better precision than previous models.
(AP, 8/25/10)(Reuters, 8/25/10)
2010 Aug 25, In Iraq bombers
and gunmen launched an apparently coordinated string of attacks
against Iraqi government forces, killing at least 61 people, one day
after the number of US troops fell below 50,000 for the first time
since the start of the war. In the deadliest attacks a suicide
bomber blew up a car inside a security barrier between a police
station and the provincial government's headquarters in Kut, killing
20 people, 15 of them policemen. A suicide bomber detonated a car
bomb in a parking lot behind a police station in Baghdad killing 15
people, including six policemen.
(AFP, 8/25/10)(AP, 8/26/10)(SFC, 8/26/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 25, A Mexican judge
found Mario Bautista, former Michoacan state police director,
innocent of charges he helped a drug gang. He was arrested by
federal investigators in May 2009 along with 34 other local and
state officials in Michoacan. 26 of them have already been set free
for lack of evidence or after a judge found them innocent.
(AP, 8/26/10)(Reuters, 8/26/10)
2010 Aug 25, In Nigeria 2
motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and killed a police constable in Yobe
state. Separately 2 policemen were shot and killed by 4 gunmen
dressed in black and riding motorcycles in Maiduguri. The gunmen
were suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect.
2010 Aug 25, Nigeria's worker
union for the state-run power company called a general strike, a day
before the nation's president is to announce his plans to privatize
2010 Aug 25, Nigerian health
officials warned that the whole country is at risk in a cholera
epidemic that has killed 352 people in only three-months time.
2010 Aug 25, Shell said it has
shut down an oil facility in southern Nigeria due to protests by a
group of local women, after a similar demonstration targeted a
2010 Aug 25, Former President
Jimmy Carter arrived in the capital of communist North Korea on a
private, humanitarian mission to win the release of Aijalon Gomes
(31) of Boston, an American sentenced to eight years' hard labor for
2010 Aug 25, In Somalia
fighting in Mogadishu flared for a third straight day, killing eight
people and pushing the week's death toll past 80 as insurgents tried
to force government troops back toward the presidential palace.
2010 Aug 25, In South Africa a
driver taking children to school went around a closed railroad
crossing gate and was hit by an oncoming train that killed 10 pupils
and injured 5 others. Driver Jacob Humphreys was convicted of murder
in 2011 and in 2012 was sentenced to an effective 20 years in
(AP, 8/25/10)(AFP, 2/28/12)
2010 Aug 25, A Ugandan court
scrapped sedition legislation used to prosecute over a dozen
journalists and politicians.
2010 Aug 25, Yemeni authorities
said the military had regained control of Loder. 33 people were
reported killed in fighting that began Aug 20. This included 12
Al-Qaida militants. Gunmen on motorcycles attacked a military patrol
in Zinjibar, killing 4 soldiers and wounding one.
(AFP, 8/25/10)(AP, 8/25/10)
2011 Aug 25, It was reported
that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will invest $5 billion in
Bank of America, stepping in to shore up the company in the same way
he helped prop up Goldman Sachs during the financial crisis.
2011 Aug 25, In Afghanistan a
coalition service member was killed in an insurgent attack, raising
to four the number of foreign troops killed. The US-led coalition
said the three other troopers were killed in two separate roadside
2011 Aug 25, African Union
leaders pledged nearly $380 million to help famine-hit families in
the Horn of Africa during a donor conference in Ethiopia.
2011 Aug 25, Human Rights Watch
called for Angola to stop forced evictions as the southern city of
Lubango threatened to demolish 750 families' houses to make way for
a new road.
2011 Aug 25, Austrian officials
said they are investigating allegations that a man locked up his two
mentally disabled daughters in a small room in their home, sexually
abused them for 41 years. The women have accused the 80-year-old of
repeatedly raping them between 1970 and May 2011. The alleged
victims are now 53 and 45 years old. The Austrian man, held for
around two weeks on suspicion that he regularly raped his daughters
for 41 years, was freed on Sep 9 after the two women changed their
(AP, 8/25/11)(AP, 9/9/11)
2011 Aug 25, In Brazil a leader
of landless workers was shot to death while riding his bike in
Barbosa, Para state. Valdemar Oliveira Barbosa was the fourth person
murdered in Para since May who was involved in environmental or land
rights movements. Catholic Land Pastoral said more than 1,150 rural
activists have been killed in Brazil over the past 20 years.
2011 Aug 25, Brazilian
scientists reported that a huge underground river appears to flow
thousands of feet beneath the Amazon River, and that it was about
the same length as the 3,700 mile long Amazon.
(SFC, 8/26/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 25, Chile's capital
was wracked overnight by looting, attacks on police and the burning
of cars and barricades as union members, students and government
workers waged a 2-day nationwide strike for changes in government
policies. Tens of thousands of Chileans marched peacefully demanding
profound changes in the country's heavily centralized and privatized
form of government, while smaller groups broke away to fight with
police. Some 1,394 people were arrested and dozens injured.
(AP, 8/25/11)(SSFC, 8/28/11, p.A4)
2011 Aug 25, Greece declared a
state of emergency as wildfires in the northeast burned out of
control for a 2nd straight day.
(SFC, 8/26/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 25, In
Indian-administered Kashmir rebels threw grenades at paramilitary
soldiers in two areas, killing two people and wounding 11 others.
2011 Aug 25, In Indonesia Aceh
Gov. Irwandi Yusuf (51) agreed to give PT Kallista Alam, a palm oil
company, a permit to convert 4,000 acres of peat swamp forest. The
land was in the heart of the renowned Leuser Ecosystem already
identified as off limits under a presidential moratorium enacted in
(SSFC, 12/11/11, p.A22)
2011 Aug 25, Israeli air
strikes on Gaza killed 2 Palestinians. Over the last 24 hour period,
Gaza militants fired 19 rockets and mortars into southern Israel,
lightly injuring an infant.
2011 Aug 25, Libyan rebels
battled forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi on the streets of
Tripoli. European officials confirmed that small numbers of
British, French and other special forces have been working inside
Libya in recent months. It was reported that the bullet-riddled
bodies of over 30 pro-Khadafy fighters were found at a military
encampment in central Tripoli.
(AP, 8/25/11)(SFC, 8/27/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 25, In Mexico a group
of at least eight assailants, believed to be connected to a drug
cartel, spread gasoline inside the Casino Royale and set the
building on fire, trapping dozens of people inside. The fire killed
52 people in the Monterrey casino. The body of Humberto Millan
Salazar (53), an online newspaper journalist, was found in a farm
building outside the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa state, with a gunshot
wound in the face. He had been kidnapped a day earlier. In 2012
seven men were sentenced to 75-100 years for their roles in the
(AP, 8/26/11)(AP, 8/25/11)(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A2)
2011 Aug 25, In Nigeria the
Boko Haram radical Muslim sect, blamed for attacks across the
northeast, attacked two police stations and robbed two banks,
killing 16 people in an assault highlighting the group's escalating
willingness to shed blood.
2011 Aug 25, Pakistan officials
said an American surveillance drone has crashed in the southwest
near a paramilitary base close to the Afghan border.
2011 Aug 25, South Korea
prosecutors said 5 South Koreans, including a former parliamentary
aide, have been indicted for allegedly spying for North Korea.
2011 Aug 25, Sri Lanka's Pres.
Mahinda Rajapaksa announced plans to lift wartime emergency laws
that have curbed civil and political liberties for most of the past
2011 Aug 25, Masked gunmen
dragged Ali Ferzat (60), Syria's best-known political cartoonist,
from his car before dawn, beat him severely and broke both his hands
as a warning to stop drawing just days after he compared Syria's
president to Moammar Gadhafi.
2011 Aug 25, A Yemeni military
airstrike killed 8 suspected Al-Qaida militants including a group
leader in the south of the country.
(SFC, 8/26/11, p.A2)
2012 Aug 25, In Nevada a
single-engine Piper PA#32 crashed in South Lake Tahoe killing all 5
(SFC, 8/28/12, p.C2)
2012 Aug 25, Neil Armstrong
(b.1930), commander of Apollo 11 mission (1966) and first human to
set foot on the moon (July 20, 1969), died. He left NASA in 1971,
taught engineering at the University of Cincinnati, and later became
chairman of electronic systems companies.
(AP, 8/25/12)(SFC, 9/1/12, p.F3)
2012 Aug 25, Roger Fisher (90),
American lawyer, teacher and peacemaker, died. His system of
negotiation was outlined with William Ury in “Getting to Yes”
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.86)
2012 Aug 25, In Bahrain a large
crowd attacked a police station in the Shiite village of Sitra with
petrol bombs, as sporadic protests intensify in the Sunni-ruled
Shiite-majority Gulf state.
2012 Aug 25, Chinese police
brought back 37 suspected Chinese gangsters from Angola. They had
been arrested for alleged crimes against other Chinese.
(SSFC, 8/26/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 25, A boat carrying
some 40 Egyptian migrants sank off the coast of Libya. Fisherman
rescued 33 migrants but 7 remained missing.
(AFP, 8/27/12)(AFP, 8/28/12)
2012 Aug 25, Egyptian security
officials said military engineers have blocked 120 tunnels used for
smuggling to and from the Gaza Strip since the start of operations
in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula.
2012 Aug 25, In Germany a tiger
escaped its enclosure at the Cologne Zoo and killed a female keeper
(43) before being shot dead.
(SSFC, 8/26/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 25, Tropical Storm
Isaac swept across Haiti's southern peninsula killing 8 people and
another two in neighboring Dominican Republic.
(AP, 8/25/12)(AP, 8/26/12)
2012 Aug 25, Honduras President
Porfirio Lobo replaced the head of the Honduran air force, a day
after a visit by Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of the U.S. Southern
2012 Aug 25, In northeast India
5 Muslims were murdered by an armed gang from the ethnic Bodo
community in fresh violence, after more than a month of clashes.
2012 Aug 25, An Iranian
helicopter of the Revolutionary Guards crashed in western Iran near
the Iraqi border killing four Guards while on a mission in Sardasht
border area, which is populated by Iran's Kurdish minority.
2012 Aug 25, In northern Iraq
separate shootings in Mosul left three people dead, including a
2012 Aug 25, In southern Ivory
Coast a soldier and five assailants were killed when a military
checkpoint came under attack.
2012 Aug 25, In eastern Lebanon
armed men kidnapped a Kuwaiti. An official said there had been a
number of kidnappings for ransom which are unrelated to political
2012 Aug 25, In Libya Islamist
hardliners bulldozed part of a revered mausoleum in Tripoli. A day
earlier hardliners blew up the mausoleum of Sheikh Abdessalem
al-Asmar in Zliten, 160 km (100 miles) east of Tripoli.
2012 Aug 25, In Mali Mahamadou
Diouara, the leader of a Malian youth militia against the Islamic
occupation of the country's north, was "kidnapped" in Bamako.
2012 Aug 25, Myanmar officials
said at least 85,000 people have fled their homes as the worst
monsoon flooding in years submerged hundreds of thousands of acres
of rice fields.
(SSFC, 8/26/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 25, The World Bank
said it has signed on to help Senegal recover ill-gotten gains, as
the country's new government questions members of the former regime
2012 Aug 25, South Africa’s
platinum giant Lonmin said nearly 60 percent of workers reported for
duty at one of its two sets of shafts as it sought an accord to end
a labor dispute that has claimed 44 lives.
2012 Aug 25, Sri Lanka's navy
detained 98 would-be asylum-seekers making for Australia, the
largest group since Canberra tightened restrictions on boatpeople
headed to its shores.
2012 Aug 25, Syrian army forces
launched arrest raids and clashed with rebels in the southwestern
belt of Damascus. A full scale invasion on Daraya followed 5 days of
shelling. At least 380 bodies were buried following the attack.
Activists said security agents have arrested television actor
Mohammed Omar Oso, who opposes the Damascus regime, as well as
members of his family. At least 380 bodies were buried following the
attack in Daraya.
(AFP, 8/25/12)(AFP, 8/26/12)(AP,
8/26/12)(Economist, 9/1/12, p.49)
2012 Aug 25, Syrian rebels
freed one of 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims they have been holding
since May 22, in a move aiming to ease cross-border tensions.
2012 Aug 25, In Togo thousands
of protesters marched without incident in the capital Lome after two
days of rallies earlier in the week that saw clashes between
demonstrators and police.
2012 Aug 25, Turkish warplanes
bombed areas of northern Iraq in a bid to target rear bases of the
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
2012 Aug 25, In Venezuela a
huge explosion rocked the Amuay refinery in Los Taques, killing 42
people. It injured more than 150 and was the deadliest disaster in
memory for the country's key oil industry. It took 3-days to
extinguish the fire.
(AP, 8/25/12)(AP, 8/26/12)(AP,
8/28/12)(Economist, 9/1/12, p.39)
2013 Aug 25, In California the
Yosemite Rim Fire grew to more than 200 square miles, threatening
two groves of giant sequoias as well as the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
supplying water and power to San Francisco, consuming some two dozen
structures and threatening 4,500 more.
2013 Aug 25, In Massachusetts 3
suburban Boston high school soccer players used a broomstick to rape
one freshmen and try to rape two others at a sports team-building
retreat in the Berkshires at Camp Lenox in Otis.
(SFC, 9/4/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 25, In Afghanistan the
Taliban kidnapped and killed 4 engineers and 2 workers in Herat
province. The bodies of six Afghans were discovered in Paktia
province. The six, all drivers, were killed by Taliban because they
were working with the government.
2013 Aug 25, China was hit by
the "largest ever" attack on its Internet structure, crashing the
country's .cn servers.
2013 Aug 25, Congolese soldiers
and rebels suffered heavy casualties as they fought for a 5th day
(SFC, 8/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 25, Germany's Der
Spiegel weekly said the US National Security Agency has bugged the
UN New York headquarters, in the latest in a series of reports on US
spying that has strained relations between Washington and its
2013 Aug 25, India’s police
arrested the last of five men wanted in the gang rape of a
photojournalist in Mumbai.
2013 Aug 25, In Iraq at least
46 people were killed across the country, including 5 soldiers who
were shot dead by gunmen who then burned their bodies in Qaiyara
(Reuters, 8/25/13)(AP, 8/25/13)
2013 Aug 25, In southern Mexico
a notorious cargo train known as "the Beast" and carrying at least
250 Central American hitchhiking migrants derailed in Tabasco state,
killing at least 6 people and injuring 18.
(AP, 8/25/13)(AP, 8/26/13)
2013 Aug 25, Saudi Arabia said
a Saudi man (51) has died of the coronavirus MERS, bringing the
kingdom's death toll from the SARS-like virus to 41, while two new
cases were registered.
2013 Aug 25, In Syria the
governor of Hama province was killed in a car bombing, in an attack
it blamed on rebels.
2013 Aug 25, Syria reached an
agreement with the UN to allow a team of international experts to
visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside
2013 Aug 25, In Yemen a bomb
tore through the side of a bus carrying air force personnel to their
base in Sanaa, killing at least one officer and wounding several
2014 Aug 25, American officials
confirmed that jets of the United Arab Emirates launched two attacks
in seven days on the Islamists in Tripoli using bases in Egypt.
2014 Aug 25, In Alaska a rocket
carrying an experimental Advanced Hypersonic Weapon exploded as the
flight was terminated following the detection of an anamoly near a
Kodiac lauch pad shortly after liftoff.
(SFC, 8/26/14, p.A4)
2014 Aug 25, In Arizona
firing-range instructor Charles Vacca (39) was shot and killed in
the recoil of an Uzi fired by a girl (9) at the Last Stop range in
(SFC, 8/28/14, p.A7)
2014 Aug 25, California’s Gov.
Brown signed a bill requring opt-out kill switches on smartphones,
in an effort to deter smartphone theft.
(SFC, 8/26/14, p.C1)
2014 Aug 25, At the annual
Emmys in LA popular British detective series "Sherlock" picked up
three awards, while hit drama "Breaking Bad" was the big winner of
2014 Aug 25, In Illinois an
explosion at a recycling plant in Granite City killed 2 people.
Police said it was caused by a mortar round.
(SFC, 8/26/14, p.A4)
2014 Aug 25, A US federal judge
ended an 11-year agreement that kept a federal monitor over the
Detroit Police Dept. Between 1995 and 2000 Detroit police killed
nearly 50 people, including 6 who were unarmed and shot in the back.
(SFC, 8/26/14, p.A4)
2014 Aug 25, In Nevada the
Burning Man festival in the desert north of Reno, scheduled to open
at 10am, was closed to new arrivals due to rain.
(SFC, 8/26/14, p.C2)
2014 Aug 25, In Tulsa,
Oklahoma, a man (35) fatally shot his estranged wife (22), their
5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son before shooting himself. The
victims were all from Guatemala.
2014 Aug 25, In Virginia a
sergeant at Fort Lee fatally shot herself while barricaded in the
building that houses the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command.
(SFC, 8/26/14, p.A4)
2014 Aug 25, Afghanistan's next
president was due to take over today but an inauguration deadline
has been pushed to September 2 as the Independent Election
Commission still poured over votes cast in a second-round run-off
held under UN supervision on June 14.
2014 Aug 25, Brazilian
authorities negotiated with prison inmates holding two guards
hostage after an uprising in Cascavel in which they killed 5 fellow
prisoners, beheading two of them following a riot a day earlier. The
rioting at Cascavel penitentiary ended early Aug 26 with the
transfer of some 800 inmates to other prison facilities.
(AFP, 8/25/14)(AP, 8/26/14)
2014 Aug 25, In Central African
Republic at least 17 people were killed in fighting in Bambari
between rival factions of Seleka.
2014 Aug 25, Egypt proposed a
new ceasefire that would open key crossings into Gaza where violence
reverberated with at least 8 Palestinians killed in Israeli air
2014 Aug 25, French Pres.
Francois Hollande dissolved the government after open feuding among
his Cabinet over the country's stagnant economy.
2014 Aug 25, The Guatemalan
government declared a state of emergency in 16 of the country's 22
provinces because of a drought that has caused major agricultural
losses in Central America.
2014 Aug 25, In central India a
pre-dawn stampede killed 10 people as tens of thousands of Hindus
worshipped in an annual procession in Madhya Pradesh state.
(AP, 8/25/14)(SFC, 8/26/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 25, Iraq's
PM-designate Haider al-Abadi called on the country's numerous Shiite
militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting
independently, as violence across the country killed 58 people in
areas where the Muslim sect dominates. Iraqi Foreign Minister
Hoshyar Zebari urged greater support from the international
community for its fight against jihadists.
(AP, 8/25/14)(AFP, 8/25/14)(AP, 8/26/14)
2014 Aug 25, The Monetary
Committee of the Bank of Israel cut its main interest rate from .5%
to .25%, the lowest on record.
(Econ, 8/30/14, p.65)
2014 Aug 25, Japan said it is
ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as a
possible treatment for the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak.
2014 Aug 25, The former Libyan
parliament replaced in national elections in June reconvened to
elect an Islamist-backed deputy as prime minister, challenging the
authority of the turbulent country's new legislature. The GNC met in
Tripoli and elected Omar al-Hasi as its new leader.
2014 Aug 25, Libyan jihadist
group Ansar al-Sharia, which Tripoli and Washington have both
labelled a terrorist organization, urged other Islamist militias in
the nation to unite under one banner. Ansar al-Sharia controls
around 80 percent of its heartland Benghazi.
2014 Aug 25, In northeast
Nigeria a Boko Haram attack on a border town forced thousands of
people to flee to Cameroon, in a fresh assault indicating the
militants' growing ability to strike at will. Some 480 Nigerian
soldiers also fled across the border, where they gave up their
weapons to Cameroonian authorities before returning to Nigeria.
(AFP, 8/25/14)(AP, 8/26/14)
2014 Aug 25, Pakistani cleric
Tahir-ul-Qadri, leading a mass anti-government rally in front of
parliament, issued a 48-hour deadline for PM Sharif to step down,
saying he's prepared to die to see it happen. The country's Supreme
Court ruled that the road in front of the parliament, the Supreme
Court and other government buildings now hosting the protest be
cleared of demonstrators.
2014 Aug 25, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen opened fire on tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops
in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding two others.
2014 Aug 25, In Peru Enrique
Zileri (83), the editor and proprietor of the leading newsweekly
Caretas, died. Caretas had exposed the shadowy power and dark past
of Vladimiro Montesinos, the spy chief of former pres. Alberto
(Econ, 8/30/14, p.32)
2014 Aug 25, Russia announced
plans for a second aid convoy into Ukraine. The Ukrainian military
said a group of Russian forces, in the guise of separatist rebels,
had crossed into south-east Ukraine with 10 tanks and two armored
infantry vehicles. It said border guards had halted the column
(AFP, 8/25/14)(Reuters, 8/25/14)
2014 Aug 25, Taiwan's TransAsia
Airways said it has offered record compensation to the families of
each passenger killed in the July 23 domestic flight even though the
cause of the crash is still unclear.
2014 Aug 25, Tajik police said
gun fire from Kyrgyzstan killed a border guard and one civilian and
wounded four other civilians. The Kyrgyz border force blamed the
incident on Tajikistan, saying Tajik servicemen had tried to erect a
border post "on an undelimited part of the border" and started to
destroy a bridge across a river used by Kyrgyz citizens.
2014 Aug 25, Thailand's junta
leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a military coup
three months ago, officially assumed his new post as prime minister
following an endorsement from the country's monarch.
2014 Aug 25, In Turkey hundreds
of residents angered by the presence of Syrian refugees clashed with
police in a violent protest in the Ikitelli district of Istanbul.
Syrian refugees in Turkey have now swelled to 1.2 million.
2014 Aug 25, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko dissolved the Rada (parliament).
(Econ, 8/30/14, p.509)
2014 Aug 25, Ukraine forces
captured 10 Russian paratroopers, near a village about 30 miles
southeast of the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, and about 15
miles away from the Russian border.
2014 Aug 25, Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe (90) was welcomed in Beijing by his
counterpart Xi Jinping as Africa's longest-ruling leader sought more
Chinese investment in his nation's stagnant economy.
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