August 25th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
August 25th History Highlights
The US National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) was established by a Congressional Act called the Organic Act and signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. As the Federal Office of the Interior, it was originally responsible for the protection of 35 parks and monuments. Today, it manages more than 400 national parks, employs over 20,000 people, They span across more than 84 million acres in the contiguous states and extend into the territories, including parks in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
The Great Moon Hoax
The Great Moon Hoax refers to a series of six articles published in the New York Sun starting on August 25, 1835, about the alleged discovery of a new moon on the moon. The discovery was mistakenly attributed to Sir John Herschel, one of the most famous astronomers of his time, and the story was advertised as an upcoming feature film (reprinted). The first of these six issues appeared four days later, on August 25; the second on the same day; and the third three days later.
The article described how a team of astronomers had found clear and unambiguous evidence of life on the moon. The article describes the animals of the moon, including winged humanoids, birds, reptiles, and other animals, some of which had built temples. It describes how the team’s astronomers found “clear, unambiguous” evidence of life on the moon.
August 25th is…
Banana Split Day
Kiss and Make Up Day
Park Service Founders Day
Secondhand Wardrobe Day
August 25th Birthday Quotes
“There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man.”
“Wealth for its own sake is an empty shell. Wealth that includes making other people’s lives better will reward you even more than the beautiful mansion you live in.”
“All you can do is do the best you can and I did that. I had a great time. I made a product and I was not embarrassed by it at all so you do it and you move on.”
“Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time… The wait is simply too long.
“I’m amazed when I see mothers wearing high heels. If your kids run off you can’t run after them.”
” Don’t sell out who you really are to make others happy.”
August 25th Birthdays
1530 – Ivan the Terrible, Russian ruler (died in 1584)
1819 – Allan Pinkerton, Scottish-American detective, and spy (died in 1884)
1913 – Walt Kelly, American illustrator, and animator, Pogo (died in 1973)
1916 – Van Johnson, American actor (died in 2008)
1918 – Leonard Bernstein, American pianist, composer, and conductor (died in 1990)
1930 – Sean Connery, Scottish actor
1930 – Graham Jarvis, Canadian character actor (died in 2003)
1933 – Tom Skerritt, American actor
1947 – Michael Kaluta, American comic book author and illustrator
1949 – Gene Simmons, Israeli-American singer-songwriter, KISS
1951 – Bill Handel, Brazilian-American lawyer, and radio host
1954 – Elvis Costello, English singer-songwriter
1958 – Tim Burton, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1961 – Billy Ray Cyrus, American singer-songwriter,
1963 – Shock G, American rapper
1964 – Blair Underwood, American actor
1968 – Rachael Ray, American chef, author, and television host
1970 – Jo Dee Messina, American singer-songwriter
1970 – Claudia Schiffer, German model
1978 – Kel Mitchell, American comedic actor
1981 – Rachel Bilson, American actress
1987 – Blake Lively, American actress
1998 – China Anne McClain, American actress
August 25th History
1609 – Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
1835 – The New York Sun perpetrated the Great Moon Hoax a six-part article falsely attributed to Sir John Herschel, one of the best-known astronomers of his time.
1916 – The United States National Park Service was created.
1921 – The largest civil uprising in US history since the Civil War occurred when 10,000 Coal Miners battled 3,000 cops and “strikebreakers”. The coal miners were attempting to unionize the coal mines of West Virginia. US Troops were eventually brought in by Presidential Order.
1944 – Paris was liberated by the Allies.
1950 – President Harry Truman ordered the US Army to seize control of the country’s railroads to avert a strike.
1958 – #1 Hit August 25, 1958 – September 28, 1958: The Elegants – Little Star
1973 – #1 Hit August 25, 1973 – September 7, 1973: Stories – Brother Louie
1980 – Broadway Show – 42nd Street (Musical) August 25, 1980
1994 – My So-Called Life premiered on ABC.
2001 – Singer Aaliyah, along with 8 others, was killed in an overloaded plane in the Bahamas.
August 25, 2006 – The Cheetah Girls 2 aired on The Disney Channel
2012 – Voyager 1 spacecraft entered interstellar space beyond our solar system becoming the first man-made object to do so.
2012 – #1 Hit August 25, 2012 – August 31, 2012: Flo Rida – Whistle
2013 – At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus created a controversy by ‘Twerking’ during a performance with Robin Thicke.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
A quarter has 199 ridges around the edge.
I wonder if anyone has gone to a Renaissance fair dressed as Doctor Who? #DoctorWho
“If you think about it: your favorite memories, the most important moments in your life…were you alone?” – Ryan Bingham in Up in the Air #moviequotes
At the start of the original trilogy, R2-D2 is about as old as a Commodore 64 in 2015.
“Everybody needs . . .a flashlight.” #misunderstoodlyrics
A group of Flamingoes is called a Stand or Flamboyance.
People in movies and TV shows never sneeze unless it’s relevant to the plot. #nowyouknow
Only half of an elevator’s job is elevating.
I just realized I haven’t fed my Neopet in 20 years. #Hungry #neopet
Every U.S. state except one shares a letter with the word “ants”.
Hunger is never satisfied, it will always come back.
I can always tell when they use fake dinosaurs in movies.
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