On August 25:
1609 Galileo Gallei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
1724 English painter George Stubbs was born.
1768 Captain James Cook began his first voyage.
1949 English writer Martin Amis was born.
1958 a tornado killed three people and injured more than 80 when it struck Frankton.
1961 US singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus was born.
1991 Belarus declared its independence from the Soviet Union.
Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.