Holidays Calendar for August 25, 2016

Independence Day of Uruguay is celebrated on August 25. This national holiday commemorates the declaration of Uruguay's independence from the Empire of Brazil in 1825.

Day of Songun is a North Korean public holiday celebrated on August 25. It was established in 2013 to honor the country's “military first” policy that prioritizes the Korea People's Army in the allocation of resources and state affairs.

Krishna Jamashtami is a religious holiday, that celebrates birth of Krishna. This holiday is observed in the Hindu countries, particularly in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. In India and Bangladesh this is a public holiday, and only religious holiday in Nepal.


In Brazil, there are several commemorative days of the Armed Forces. One of them is Soldier's Day (Dia do Soldado). It is celebrated on August 25 to commemorate the birthday of Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, an outstanding Brazilian marshal.

Liberation Day of Paris on August 25 is a very important day for the French. This day commemorates the liberation of Paris from German occupation.

On August 25, indulge yourself with a banana split, a delicious ice cream-based dessert, as the National Banana Split Day is celebrated on this date.

The last Thursday in August is Mr. Hyde National Burger Day in the United Kingdom. It was launched by Mr. Hyde, a daily email service for men covering style, culture, film and places to eat meat.


This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Neil Armstrong, American astronaut, the first person to walk on the Moon. This event took place on July 20, 1969.
  • 2012 American space probe Voyager 1 launched by NASA to study the outer Solar system on September 5, 1977, entered interstellar space. It became the first man-made object to do so.
  • 1987 Born: Blake Lively, American actress and model. She started acting at the age of 10 but her real breakthrough was the role as Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. She also starred in Green Lantern, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Town, Savages.
  • 1985 Died: Samantha Smith, American schoolgirl, peace activist of the Cold War era, famous for writing a letter to the newly appointed CPSU General Secretary Yuri Andropov. She received a personal reply with an invitation to visit the Soviet Union, that she accepted. She was known in both countries as a Goodwill Ambassador, participating in peacemaking activities in Japan.
  • 1976 Died: Eyvind Johnson, Swedish writer and author. In 1974 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, that he shared with Harry Martinson for their narrative art, far-seeing in lands and ages, in the service of freedom.
  • 1970 Died: Tachū Naitō, Japanese architect and engineer, a well-known figure in Japan. He is remembered for many broadcasting and observation towers, built in Japan, including the most famous the Tokyo Tower.
  • 1970 Born: Claudia Schiffer, German model and creative director. She rose to fame as one of the world's most successful models, she appeared on over 1,000 magazine covers and continues to front global campaigns for luxury fashion and fragrance houses.
  • 1970 Born: Jo Dee Messina, American country music artist, one of the most successful country singers. She was honored by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and was nominated for two Grammy Awards. She has two Platinum and three Gold-certified albums.
  • 1968 Born: Rachael Ray, American chef, author, and television host of the syndicated daily talk and lifestyle program Rachael Ray and three Food Network series. In 2006 her television show won three Daytime Emmy Awards.
  • 1967 Died: Paul Muni, American stage and film actor, one of the most prestigious actors at Warner Brothers studios during the 1930s. He was given a rare privilege to play the parts he wanted to play. Muni is best known for playing the leading role in Scarface.
  • 1967 Died: George Lincoln Rockwell, American activist and politician, known as the founder of the American Nazi Party. He was a major figure in the neo-Nazi movement in the USA and his beliefs and writings continued to be influential among white nationalists and neo-Nazis.
  • 1961 President of Brazil Jânio Quadros resigned after seven months in office. This event initiated a political crisis, that culminated in a military coup in 1964.
  • 1949 Born: Gene Simmons, Israeli-born America rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, television personality, best known under his stage name The Demon. He is the bass guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the rock band Kiss, that was founded in the early 1970s.
  • 1944 Born: Anthony Heald, American actor, best remembered for portraying Hannibal Lecter's jail nemesis in The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon.
  • 1944 The Allies liberated Paris: the military conflict began on August 19, 1944, lasting six days. French General Charles de Gaulle arrived to Paris to assume control of the city as the head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic.
  • 1939 The United Kingdom and Poland formed a military alliance, in which the UK promised to defend Poland in case of invasion by a foreign power.
  • 1933 At least 9,000 people died in the earthquake, that stroke Mao County, Sichuan, China. The earthquake destroyed the town of Diexi and surrounding villages.
  • 1930 Born: Sean Connery, British actor and producer, winner of three Golden Globes, two BAFTA Awards and an Academy Awards. He is best know for portraying the character of James Bond in seven Bond films. He is also known for roles in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Murder on the Orient Express, Dragonheart, The Rock.
  • 1928 Born: Herbert Kroemer, German-born American physicist and engineer. In 2000 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for developing semiconductor heterostructures used in high-speed- and opto-electronics.
  • 1918 Died: James Watt, Scottish inventor and engineer. His improvements to the steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution. He is credited with the development of the concept of horsepower and the SI unit of power, the watt, is named after him.
  • 1918 Born: Leonard Bernstein, American pianist, composer, and conductor, one of the first American composers, who received a worldwide acclaim. He was named to be one of the most talented and successful musicians in American history.
  • 1914 The German Army deliberately destroyed the library of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). Hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable volumes and Gothic and Renaissance manuscripts were lost forever.
  • 1908 Died: Henri Becquerel, French physicist and chemist. He is known as one of the discoverers of radioactivity. For this work he received the Noble Prize in Physics, that he shared with Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie.
  • 1900 Died: Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, philologist and critic. He is best known for critical texts on religion, morality, philosophy, contemporary culture and science. His best known works are Mein Kampf, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Antichrist etc.
  • 1894 Japanese physician Kitasato Shibasaburō discovered the infectious agent of the bubonic plague. He published his findings in The Lancet, a weekly general medical journal, one of the world's oldest and best known general medical journals.
  • 1883 France and Vietnam signed the Treaty of Huế. According to the treaty, Viet Nam recognized a French protectorate over the Vietnamese provinces Annam and Tonkin.
  • 1867 Died: Michael Faraday, English scientist. His contributions to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry were crucial for the development of these sciences. He is also known for various discoveries, that include electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis.
  • 1835 The New York Sun published the first of the six articles of The Great Moon Hoax. The articles were about the discovery of life and even civilization on the Moon. The discoveries were falsely attributed to Sir John Herschel, one of the best known astronomers of his time.
  • 1768 James Cook began his first of three voyages. During the voyage Cook claimed Possession Island to be a British territory.
  • 1724 Born: George Stubbs, English painter, best known for paintings of horses. His best known masterpieces are A Lion Attacking a Horse, Whistlejacket,The Kongouro from New Holland and Portrait of a Large Dog.