On August 25, 1997, Egon Krenz, the former of East
Germany was convicted of manslaughter for promulgating a policy of
shooting any East Germans who attempted to cross the Berlin Wall.
Krenz was sentenced to 6 and a half years in prison, of which he
served four before being released into retirement from political
On August 25, 1921, the United States, which never
ratified the Versailles Treaty ending World War I, finally signed
its own peace treaties with Germany, Austria and Hungary. Read the text of the treaties here.