Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on August 25? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 25: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 25 is the 238th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 128 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 12, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,534,720 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatriacontaoctagon’ day.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 156 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,343 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 25 Historical Events

  • 1258
    Regent George Mouzalon and his brothers are killed during a coup headed by the aristocratic faction under, paving the way for its leader, Michael VIII Palaiologos, to ultimately usurp the throne of the Empire of Nicaea.
  • 1537
    The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, is formed.
  • 1921
    The first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain occur.
  • 1989
    Tadeusz Mazowiecki is chosen as the first non-communist Prime Minister in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • 1991
    Linus Torvalds announces the first version of what will become Linux.

Who were born on August 25?

  • 1882
    Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician (d. 1966)
  • 1946
    Charlie Sanders, American football player
  • 1946
    Rollie Fingers, American baseball player
  • 1949
    Martin Amis, English novelist
  • 1968
    Stuart Murdoch, Scottish musician (Belle & Sebastian)

Who died on August 25?

  • 79
    Pliny the Elder, Roman author, naturalist, natural philosopher and military commander (b. 23)
  • 1632
    Thomas Dekker, English dramatist (b. c. 1572)
  • 2000
    Carl Barks, American cartoonist (b. 1901)
  • 2002
    Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2008
    Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (b. 1964)

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