This Day in History on 25 August

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 25 August. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1609: Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.

1804: Alicia Meynell completed a four-mile racecourse in York, Britain, to become the first known female jockey.

1825: Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.

1837: Henry William Crawford of London patented the process of producing galvanized iron.

1841: Three women graduate from Oberlin Collegiate Institute, Ohio and the other two became the first women to be granted degrees.

1917: The first significant step toward the Indianization of the British Indian Army was initiated when seven Indians serving in the British Indian Army were granted the King’s Commission in the infantry and the Cavalry.

1919: The first scheduled international air service begins between Paris and London.

1944: Paris was liberated by Allies countries in World War II.

1948: Jana Gana Mana to be the provisional National Anthem till Constituent Assembly made a final decision.

1959: Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister, declares in New Delhi that India will defend Bhutan and Sikkim if attacked by China.

 1960: 16th Rome Olympics started in Rome, Italy.

1965: Indian troops cross the Kashmir ceasefire line pursuing Pakistani infiltrators.

1975: Bundelkhand University was established in Uttar Pradesh.

1980: Zimbabwe merged into United Nations.

1981: Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra leader, elected the President of Congress.

1991: Linux Torvalds announced the first version of Linux.

1990: GOI announces formation of National Security Council headed by the Prime Minister.

1992: Mi-4 was re-equipped with the mighty Mi-35 Squadron and was renamed as 104-Helicopter Squadron.

1997: Cabinet approved the draft of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) which was to replace the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA).

1997: Konkan Railway line in Goa, except for a short stretch between Pernem and Maharashtra border, becomes operational.

1998: Resurgent India Bonds garner more than 4 billion dollars of which 30% are from the Middle East, 20% each from South east Asia, US and Europe.

2006: Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko is sentenced to nine years imprisonment for money laundering, wire fraud, and extortion.

2012: Voyager 1 spacecraft enters interstellar space becoming the first man-made object to do so.

2017: Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2004. Over the next few days, the storm causes catastrophic flooding throughout much of eastern Texas, killing 106 people and causing $125 billion in damage.

2017: The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army launches its second large-scale attack at the Bangladesh–Myanmar border, prompting a massive military crackdown on Rohingya people by the Myanmar Army.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Giridharilal Kedia, Indian businessman
Giridharilal Kedia, Indian businessman

1530: Ivan the Terrible (Ivan IV), Russia tsar who executed more than 3000, including the royal heir.

1819: Allan Pinkerton, Scottish founder of the famous Pinkerton National Detective Agency in America, which specialized in railway theft.

1888: Allama Mashriqi, Muslim leader, was born.

1919: Bindeshwari Prasad Mandal, former Chief Minister of Bihar and President of Mandal Commission, was born.

1930: Sean Connery, the Scottish actor who played the leading role in seven James Bond movies. He won Oscars for best supporting actor in The Untouchables.

Sanjeev Sharma, Indian cricketer and coach
Sanjeev Sharma, Indian cricketer and coach

1936: Giridharilal Kedia. Indian businessman and founder of the Image Institute of Technology and Management (IITM).

1941: Ashok Patki, Indian music director and composer. He especially contributed to the Marathi film industry. He is famous for composing the song ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’.

1962: Taslima Nasrin, Bangladeshi Swedish writer, author, feminist, human rights activist. She is famous for her writings on women’s oppression and criticism of religion.

1965: Sanjeev Sharma, Indian cricketer and coach

Vivek Razdan, Indian cricketer
Vivek Razdan, Indian cricketer

1969: Vivek Razdan, Indian cricketer, coach, and sportscaster

1994: Vinesh Phogat, Indian woman Wrestler. Sister of Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat. She is the first woman wrestler to win the Gold medal in both Commonwealth and Asian Games.  

Death/ Death Anniversary

 1819: James Watt, Scottish English engineer and instrument maker.

1822: William Herschel, German English astronomer, and composer. Famous for founding Uranus Planet.

1867: Michel Faraday, British physicist, and chemist. Best known for his discoveries of electromagnetic induction and electrolysis.

1892: William Champ, First premier of Tasmania.  

1900: Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher. He was known for his critical writings on religion, morality, and contemporary culture.

1908: Henri Becquerel, French physicist, and chemist. Noble prize laureate. First-person to discover evidence of radioactivity.

1963: Allama Mashriqi, Muslim leader, passed away.

1994: Ramdas Nayak, President of BJP Mumbai and former MLA was assassinated at Chembur, Mumbai. He was 52.

1999: Former Indian Davis Cup captain Narendra Nath died in Delhi.

Raghunath Panigrahi, Indian singer-songwriter
Raghunath Panigrahi, Indian singer-songwriter

2000: Carl Barks, American cartoonist, author, and painter. Best known for his work in Disney comic book, as the writer and artist of the first Donald Duck Stories and as the creator of Scrooge McDuck.

2008: Ahmad Faraz, Pakistani Urdu poet. Famous for his Gazals such as Tanha Tanha, Ranjish Hi Sahi, and Silsiley Tor Gaya.

2012: Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut and the first person to walk on Moon.

2013: Raghunath Panigrahi, Indian singer-songwriter (b. 1932)

Further Reading

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