Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/August 25
This is a list of selected August 25 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
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|1758 – Seven Years' War: Prussian forces engaged the Russians at the Battle of Zorndorf in present-day Sarbinowo, Poland.||needs more footnotes|
|1835 – The New York Sun perpetrated the Great Moon Hoax, publishing articles about the supposed discovery of life on the Moon.||unreferenced section|
|1912 – The Kuomintang was founded by Sung Chiao-jen and Dr. Sun Yat-sen in Guangdong, China.||refimprove sections|
|1944 – World War II: The Free French Forces and the French Resistance liberated Paris from the Nazi German occupation.||multiple issues|
|1985 – Bar Harbor Airlines Flight 1808 crash landed at the Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport runway in Auburn, Maine, killing all eight people on board including Samantha Smith and her father Arthur Smith.||refimprove|
- 1248 – Ommen in the Netherlands received city rights and fortification rights from Otto III, the Archbishop of Utrecht, after the town was pillaged at least twice by a local robber baron.
- 1258 – George Mouzalon, regent of the Empire of Nicaea, was assassinated as part of a conspiracy led by the nobles under future emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos.
- 1537 – The Honourable Artillery Company, currently the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, was formed by Royal Charter from King Henry VIII.
- 1609 – Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope, a device that became known as a terrestrial or spyglass refracting telescope, to Venetian lawmakers.
- 1916 – The National Park Service was established to manage all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties around the United States.
- 1939 – The United Kingdom and Poland entered into a military alliance for mutual assistance in case of military invasion by "a European Power".
- 1945 – Armed supporters of the Communist Party of China killed American military intelligence officer and Baptist missionary John Birch as he was leading a mission to reach Allied personnel in a Japanese prison camp.
- 1950 – Althea Gibson entered into the U.S. Tennis Championships, becoming the first African American woman to be a competitor on the world tennis tour.
- 2001 – American singer Aaliyah and various members of her record company were killed when their overloaded aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport in Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas.
- 1580 – War of the Portuguese Succession: The army of the pretender to the Portuguese throne, António, Prior of Crato, was routed in the Battle of Alcântara, ending his short-lived reign.
- 1825 – The Thirty-Three Orientals, a revolutionary group led by Juan Antonio Lavalleja, declared Uruguayan independence from the Empire of Brazil.
- 1920 – Polish forces under Józef Piłsudski successfully forced the Russians to withdraw from Warsaw at the Battle of Warsaw, the decisive battle of the Polish–Soviet War.
- 1942 – Second World War: Japanese forces attacked the Australian base at Milne Bay on the eastern tip of New Guinea.
- 1989 – The Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to Neptune and provided definitive proof of the existence of the planet's rings (pictured).