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Arizona Summer Wildcat
Monday August 25, 2003

Monday

1875 Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours.

1944 Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.

Tuesday

1920 The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was declared in effect.

1939 Major league baseball was televised for the first time as experimental station W2XBS broadcast a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

Wednesday

1883 The island volcano Krakatoa erupted; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia's Sunda Strait claimed some 36,000 lives in Java and Sumatra.

1962 The United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus the following December.

Thursday

1963 200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

1996 The 15-year marriage of Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana ended with the issuing of a divorce decree.

Friday

1533 The last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.

1991 The Supreme Soviet, the parliament of the U.S.S.R., suspended all activities of the Communist Party, bringing an end to the institution.


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