80 Years Ago—Aug. 25, 1940: RAF begins night-time bombing of Berlin, in response to (accidental) Luftwaffe bombing of London the night before.
75 Years Ago—Aug. 25, 1945: In China US Capt. John Birch is killed in a skirmish with communists, the “first casualty of Third World War.”
In French Indochina, the Viet Minh takes control of Saigon, and Emperor Bao Dai abdicates, ending the Nguyen Dynasty.