#September 25 Today In History

*. 1955– The Royal Jordanian Air Force is founded.
*. 1957– Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, is integratedby the use of United States Army troops.
*. 1959– Solomon Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka is mortally wounded by a Buddhist monk, Talduwe Somarama, and dies the next day.
*. 1962– The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria is formally proclaimed. Ferhat Abbas is elected President of the provisional government.
*.1962 – The North Yemen Civil Warbegins when Abdullah as-Sallal dethrones the newly crowned Imam al-Badrand declares Yemen a republic under his presidency.
*. 1963– Lord Denning releases the UK government's official report on the Profumo Affair.
*. 1964– The Mozambican War of Independence against Portugal begins.
*. 1969– The charter establishing the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is signed.
*. 1974– The first ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery ( Tommy John surgery) performed, on baseball player Tommy John.
*. 1977– About 4,200 people take part in the first running of the Chicago Marathon.
*. 1978– PSA Flight 182, a Boeing 727-214, collides in mid-air with a Cessna 172and crashes in San Diego, killing 144 people.
*. 1981– Belize joins the United Nations.
*. 1983– Maze Prison escape: Thirty-eight republican prisoners, armed with six handguns, hijack a prison meals lorry and smash their way out of the Maze prison. It is the largest prison escape since WWII and in British history.
*. 1992– NASA launches the Mars Observer, a $511 million probe to Mars, in the first U.S. mission to the planet in 17 years. Eleven months later, the probe would fail.
*. 1996– The last of the Magdalene asylums closes in Ireland.
*. 2002– The Vitim event, a possible bolideimpact in Siberia, Russia.
*. 2003– A magnitude-8.0 earthquakestrikes just offshore Hokkaidō, Japan.
*. 2008– China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7.
*. 2009– U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in a joint TV appearance for a G-20 summit, accuse Iran of building a secret nuclear enrichment facility.
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