September 25th

2011
Two American hikers held for more than two years in an Iranian prison, returned to the United States.
2009–11 detention of American hikers by Iran
2008
China launches Shenzhou spacecraft with 3 astronauts. This was the third human manned space flight mission of China's Space Program.
Shenzhou 7
2003
It was reported that more than 14,000 had lost their lives in France in a summer heat wave.
2003 European heat wave
2001
Saudi Arabia cut its relations with Afghanistan's ruling Taliban.
Taliban
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.
Mars Observer
1981
Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sandra Day O'Connor
1980
Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, 32, choked to death on his own vomit after a drinking binge.
John Bonham
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.
Chicago Marathon
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.
Algeria
1957
Nine black children were escorted to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, under heavily armed guard, because of racial violence.
Little Rock Nine
1956
First transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation from Newfoundland to Oban.
Transatlantic communications cable
1919
President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, Colo., during a tour in support of the Treaty of Versailles.
Victory garden
1906
Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrates the Telekino at Bilbao before a great crowd, guiding a boat from the shore, considered the birth of the remote control.
Leonardo Torres y Quevedo
1897
Author William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Miss.
William Faulkner
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.
Yosemite National Park
1789
The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.).
1st United States Congress
1775
American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen was captured by the British as he led an attack on Montreal.
Ethan Allen
1513
Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa croses the Panama Isthmus becoming first European to see the Pacific Ocean.
Vasco Núñez de Balboa
1493
Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain, with a flotilla of 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
1066
Battle of Stamford Bridge; English army under King Harold Godwinson defeat invading Norwegians led by King Harald Hardrada and Harold's brother Tostig, who were both killed.
Battle of Stamford Bridge