August 25

This Day in History

1944

Paris Liberated

On August 25, 1944, Free French divisions march into Paris followed by the U.S. Fourth Infantry Division. In spite of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's orders to burn the city to the ground, German … (more...)

1894

Shibasaburo Decodes the Plague

On this day in 1894, Japanese physician and bacteriologist Kitasato Shibasaburo discovered the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and published his findings in the journal The Lancet. However, … (more...)

1830

Opera Fuels Belgian Revolution

On the evening of 25 August 1830, the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels—now the capital of Belgium, but then just a city in the south of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands—hosted a very … (more...)

450

Virgin Empress Ascends Byzantine Throne

After her brother Theodosius II is killed in a hunting accident, Pulcheria, daughter of Eastern Roman Emperor Arcadius, became empress of the Byzantine Empire on this day in 450. Though she took a vow … (more...)