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Aug 25,   Countess Jacoba of Bavaria escaped from jail.

1901

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

1932

Aug 25Amelia Earhart completed a transcontinental flight.

1985

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.
1991

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

1993

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.

1996

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.

2002

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

2010

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.

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