August 25, 1718 ... hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, some of them settling in the area of present-day New Orleans.
August 25, 1814 ... The U.S. Library of Congress was destroyed by British forces.
August 25, 1825 ... Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil
August 25, 1840 ... Joseph Gibbons received a patent for the seeding machine
August 25, 1875 ... Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel ... in 22 hours.
August 25, 1916 ... The National Park Service was established as part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
August 25, 1920 ... Ethelda Bleibtrey won the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition in Antwerp, Belgium. She was the first woman to win an Olympic competition for the United States.
August 25, 1920 ... The first airplane to fly from New York to Alaska arrived in Nome.
August 25, 1921 ... The United States signed a peace treaty with Germany.
August 25, 1940 ... Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward were married while suspended in parachutes at the World's Fair in New York city.
August 25, 1944 ... Paris, France was liberated by Allied forces ending four years of German occupation.
August 25, 1944 ... Romania declared war on Germany.
August 25, 1949 ... NBC Radio debuted "Father Knows Best". The show did not go to TV until 1954.
August 25, 1950 ... President Harry S. Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.
August 25, 1972 ... In Great Britian, computerized axial tomography (CAT scan) was introduced.
August 25, 1975 ... The album "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen was released.
August 25, 1978 ... The Turin shroud believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ went on display for the first time in 45 years.
August 25, 1993 ... The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3,652.09 ... an all time high.
A few birthdays for today ...
Sean Connery (actor - and one of MY favorites :-) ) - 82
Monty Hall (game show host) 91
Regis Philbin (talk show host) 81
Tom Skerritt (actor) 79
Tim Burton (director) 54
Billy Ray Cyrus (country singer) 51
Rachael Ray (TV chef) 44
Claudia Schiffer (model) 42
Music history for today --
August 25, 1970 ... Elton John made his first live appearance in the United States. He opened for David Ackles in Los Angeles, CA.
August 25, 1973 ... The Allman Brothers' "Ramblin' Man" was released.
August 25, 1973 ... Butch Trucks of The Allman Brothers broke his leg in a car crash in Macon, GA.
August 25, 1994 ... Jimmy Buffett's plane flipped after taking off in Nantucket, MA. He swam to safety.