On August 25th...
In 1718, colonists from France arrived in Louisiana and founded New Orleans. The settlement was named after the Duke of Orleans.
In 1875, after swimming for 22 hours, Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel.
In 1944, Allied forces entered Paris, liberating the city after four years of occupation by German troops.
In 1978, the Shroud of Turin was displayed to the public for the first time in 45 years. Many believe it's the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
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