Today in history – August 25

1814 – On the second day of the burning of Washington, British troops torched the Library of Congress, United States Secretary, Department of War, and other buildings.

1916 – The National Park Service is created.

1944 – Paris is liberated by the Allies.

1948 – The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing.

1950 – President Harry Truman orders the U.S. Army to seize control of the nation’s railroads to prevent a strike.

2012 – Voyager 1 spacecraft enters interstellar space becoming the first man-made object to do so.