What Happened On This Day – September 25
2008 China launches Shenzhou spacecraft with 3 astronauts
This was the third human manned space flight mission of China's Space Program.
1992 NASA launches the Mars Observer
The robotic space probe's main goal was to study Mars. Almost a year later all communications with it were lost.
1977 Runners run the first Chicago Marathon
One of the world's six major marathons, which include the marathons in Berlin, Boston, London, New York, and Tokyo, the Chicago Marathon was initially called the Mayor Daley Marathon. The first race was won by Rhud Metzner.
1962 The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria is officially created
Ferhat Abbas was appointed as the President of the Algerian National Assembly, and Ben Bella was seated as the country's new Prime Minister.
1890 Sequoia National Park is established by the United States Congress
The park, situated in the state of California is famous for its giant sequoia trees.
Births On This Day,
1969 Catherine Zeta-Jones
1952 Christopher Reeve
1932 Glenn Gould
Canadian pianist, composer
1903 Mark Rothko
1897 William Faulkner
American author, Nobel Prize laureate
Deaths On This Day,
2011 Wangari Maathai
Kenyan environmentalist, Nobel Prize laureate
2003 Edward Said
1971 Hugo Black
American jurist, politician
1929 Miller Huggins
American baseball player, manager
1066 Harald Hardrada