Alger Hiss Confronted, Egon Krenz Convicted, Teddy Kennedy Dead

On this day: August 25
Washington, D.C. is burned and White House is destroyed by British forces (1814)

House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing: "Confrontation Day" between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss (1948)

Belarus declares independence from the Soviet Union (1991)

Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill Berlin Wall policy (1997)

b: Pavel Axelrod (1850), Erich Honecker (1912); d: Benjamin Aaron (2007), Teddy Kennedy (2009)

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