Aug 25,   Countess Jacoba of Bavaria escaped from jail.


Aug 25Clara Maass (25), army nurse, sacrificed her life to prove that the mosquito carries yellow fever.


Aug 25Amelia Earhart completed a transcontinental flight.


Aug 25Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, was killed with her father in an airplane crash in Maine.

Aug 25, In the 43rd Emmy Awards: LA Law, Cheers, Kirstie Alley and Patricia Wettig won.


Aug 25Amy Biehl, Stanford graduate and Fulbright scholar from Newport Beach, Calif., was slain while attempting to drive black friends home to Guguletu outside Cape Town. Four members of the Congress’ youth wing were arrested, convicted and sentenced to 18-year jail terms. They later requested amnesty from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. In 1998 the 4 men convicted of Biehl’s murder were given amnesty.


Aug 25, In China Dai Houying, novelist, and her niece were knifed to death in Shanghai during an apparent robbery. A former chef was later tried, convicted and sentenced to death for the murders.


Aug 25, Iran’s parliament approved a bill giving women the right to sue for divorce, a similar right already guaranteed for men.


Aug 25, Shell said it has shut down an oil facility in southern Nigeria due to protests by a group of local women, after a similar demonstration targeted a Chevron pipeline.