Today's History Trivia for August 25
1993 Superman rises from the dead in the Superman comic book released today.
1993 Snoop Doggy Dog The rap singer is the driver in a drive-by shooting. His bodyguard shot and killed a man from the passenger window.
1992 Nobody Voted In the Dutton, Alabama election for mayor and city council nobody voted. And why should they; nobody ran for office.
1992 Hurricane Andrew hits Louisiana.
1940 World War II The British fly a bombing raid over Berlin, surprising Hitler. Marshall Hermann Goering had assured him no such thing was possible.
1916 National Park Service is established.
1718 City of New Orleans is founded.
Today's Birthdays for August 25
1958 Tim Burton American film director known for his dark eccentric films. Film: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and Alice in Wonderland (2010).
1954 Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick McManus), English musician, songwriter. Music: My Aim is True (1977).
1949 Gene Simmons (Gene Klein), American rock musician, the Phantom of Kiss. Music: Rock And Roll All Nite (1975).
1938 David Canary d. 2015 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: All My Children (1984-2013, Adam/Stuart Chandler).
1933 Tom Skerritt American actor. TV: Cheers (Evan Drake) and Picket Fences.
1930 Sean Connery (Thomas Connery), Scottish actor, "Bond, James Bond."
1929 Leigh Wiener d. 1993 American photographer, his work appears in the National Portrait Gallery. He is the only person to have photographed Marilyn Monroe living, at the scene of her death, and at the morgue. He died from radiation poisoning received while photographing atomic tests for Life magazine.
1925 Maurice Binder d. 1991 American film title designer. He created the titles for 14 of the James Bond movies including the first, Dr. No (1962).
1921 Monty Hall (Monte Halparin), Canadian-born game show host. TV: Let's Make A Deal.
1919 George Corley Wallace d. 1998 Alabama governor (1963-67, 71-79, 83-87). He was shot and partially paralyzed by Arthur Bremer (1972).
1918 Richard Greene d. 1985 British actor, TV: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955-59, title role).
1918 Leonard Bernstein d. 1990 American Emmy-Grammy-winning conductor, composer. Music: West Side Story (1957).
1917 Mel Ferrer d. 2008 (Melchor Gaston Ferrer), American actor, producer.
1913 Walt Kelly d. 1973 American cartoonist. Created Pogo (1948) with its famous quote "We have met the enemy, and it is us."
1913 Don DeFore d. 1993 American actor. TV: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (next-door neighbor "Thorny" Thornberry) and Hazel (Mr. Baxter).
1912 Ted Key d. 2008 American cartoonist. Creator of Hazel (1943) and Peabody's Improbable History (1959).
1912 Erich Honecker d. 1994 East German political leader. He supervised the construction of the Berlin Wall.
1909 Ruby Keeler d. 1993 (Ethel Hilda Keeler), American dancer, actress, frequently co-starred with Dick Powell. Film: 42nd Street (1933).
1822 Gardiner Greene Hubbard d. 1897 American lawyer, co-founder and president of the Clarke Institute for Deaf Mutes (1867-76) and founder and president of the National Geographic Society (1888-97). The Hubbard Memorial Hall in Washington D.C. and the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska are named for him.
1819 Allan Pinkerton d. 1884 American detective, co-founded the first U.S. detective agency (1850), and was the first chief of the U.S. Army's secret service.
1786 Ludwig I d. 1868 King of Bavaria (1825-48), he made dancer Lola Montez a countess and gave her authority over state affairs. This led to the revolution (1848) which forced his resignation.
1530 Ivan the Terrible d. 1584 (Ivan IV), Czar of Russia (1533-84). He was the first "Tsar of All the Russias".
Deaths for August 25
2012 Neil Alden Armstrong b. 1930 American astronaut, first man to walk on the moon.
2009 Edward M. Kennedy b. 1932 American politician, U.S. Senator (D. Massachusetts 1962-2009). He was a proponent of modern American liberalism. In 1969, he drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, resulting in the death of passenger Mary Jo Kopechne.
1985 Samantha Smith b. 1972 American school-girl. Her 1982 letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov asking if he wanted a nuclear war with the U.S. led to a two-week visit to the Soviet Union, and a part in the prime-time TV series Lime Street (1985). She died at age 13 when the plane she was on crashed short of the runway, killing all onboard.
1984 Truman Capote b. 1924 American author. Writings: In Cold Blood (1965). He also won an Emmy for A Christmas Memory (1966).
1956 Alfred Charles Kinsey b. 1894 American zoologist. His book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) shocked the public by pointing out how many "perverted acts" were common place in American homes.
1940 Édouard Michelin b. 1859 French tire maker. He and his brother founded the Michelin Tire Co. (1888) and invented a removable rubber pneumatic tire for bicycles (1889).
1900 Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche b. 1844 German philosopher, author of Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883), in which he developed the idea of "Übermensch" (Superman) who would control society. Quote: "Two great European narcotics are alcohol and Christianity" and "What doesn't kill you makes you strong." Source: Fifth 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
1867 Michael Faraday b. 1791 English scientist. He discovered electromagnetic induction (1831), the magnetism of light (1845), the compound benzene (1825), and developed the first dynamo.
1822 Sir William Herschel b. 1738 English astronomer, discovered Uranus (1781), two of its moons (1787), and the sixth and seventh moons of Saturn (1789).
1819 James Watt b. 1736 British inventor, for whom the unit of power the 'watt' is named. He invented the modern condensing steam engine (1765).
1270 Louis IX b. 1214 King of France (1226-70). Known as Saint Louis, he was canonized in 1297.
383 Gratian b. 359 (Flavius Gratianus), Roman Emperor (367-383), helped establish Christianity by persecuting heretics and pagans.