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This Day in History for August 25

1814 – British forces destroy Library of Congress, containing 3,000 books (War of 1812)

1829 – President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses.

1864 – Combination rail & ferry service available from San Francisco to Alameda.

1910 – Yellow Cab is founded.

1916 – US Department of Interior forms National Park Service.

1921 – The first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain, a civil uprising in Logan County, West Virginia.

1932 – Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight.

1936 – Odorless cornstarch is patented in the US by Ralph W. Kerr.

1943 – US forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II.

1952 – Puerto Rico becomes a US commonwealth.

1956 – To make room for Enos Slaughter, NY Yanks release Phil Rizzuto.

1982 – US & USSR sign $10 billion grain pact.

1987 – Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches record 2722.42.

1989 – After 12-year, 4-billion-mile journey, Voyager 2 flies over cloud tops of Neptune & its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swamps.

1991 – Carl Lewis runs 100m in 9.86 seconds.

1991 – Linux was born when Linus Torvalds sent off the email announcing his project to create a new operating system.

2012 – Voyager 1 spacecraft, becomes the 1st spacecraft to enter interstellar space (launched in 1977)

2017 – President Donald Trump grants presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, who has been convicted of contempt of court for racial profiling.

2017 – Category 4 Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas northeast of Corpus Christi with 130 mph winds.

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