August 24, 2009
This Day in History: Aug. 25:
1718: New Orleans was founded by French settlers and named after the Duke of Orleans. 1825: Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.
1875: Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel. It took him 21 hours and 45 minutes. 1916: The Department of the Interior created the National Park Service to manage and preserve national parks and monuments for future generations. 1944; Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation by Allied forces. 1984: Author Truman Capote was found dead in Los Angeles. 2001: Singer and actress Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. 2003: NASA launched the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Detective Allan Pinkerton, 1819; Composer Leonard Bernstein, 1918; Governor George Wallace, 1919;Game show host Monty Hall, 1921; Tennis player Althea Gibson, 1927; Actor Sean Connery, 1930; Television personality Regis Philbin, 1931; Actor Tom Skerritt, 1933; Singer Walter Williams of The O'Jays, 1941; Actor Anthony Heald ("Boston Public"), 1944; Actor John Savage, 1949; Bassist Gene Simmons of Kiss, 1949; Singer Rob Halford of Judas Priest, 1951; Keyboardist Geoff Downes of Asia, 1952; Musician Elvis Costello, 1954; Director Tim Burton, 1958; Country singer-actor Billy Ray Cyrus, 1961; Guitarist Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard, 1962; Actor Blair Underwood, 1964; Actor Robert Maschio ("Scrubs"), 1966; DJ Terminator X of Public Enemy, 1966; Singer Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, 1967; TV chef Rachael Ray, 1968; Actor Eric Millegan ("Bones"), 1974; Actor Kel Mitchell ("Kenan and Kel"), 1978; Actress Rachel Bilson ("The O.C."), 1981; Actress Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl"), 1987.
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