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On This Day in History - 25th August

Birthdays

1530Ivan the Terrible, Crowned as first Tsar of Russia in 1547
1916Van Johnson, American actor
1918Leonard Bernstein, Composer and conductor
1930Sean Connery, Scottish actor of stage and screen (James Bond)
1933Wayne Shorter, American Jazz saxophonist and composer
1938Frederick Forsyth, Author of Day of the Jackal
1952Rob Halford, Of the Pop group 'Judas Priest'

Events

1867Michael Faraday, physicist and founder of the science of electromagnetism, died
1917The Order of the British Empire (OBE), and the Companion of Honour (CH), were awarded for the first time
1919The first international air service began between Paris and London
1981The spacecraft Voyager 2 flew past the planet Saturn
1983Adrian Moorhouse won a gold medal at the European swimming championships in Rome
1988The first GCSE results were published
1988Romanian Chess master Mihai Suba & his son defected to the West during an international tournament in London
1988The controversial film 'The Last Temptation of Christ' was passed by censors for public showing