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This Day in History - May 25

May 25

585 BC – Thales of Greece makes the first known prediction of a solar eclipse

992 – Mieszko I of Poland dies

1085 – Alfonso VI takes Toledo, Spain fro the Muslims

1660 – Charles II, the exiled king of England, lands in Dover, England to assume the throne and end 11 years of military rule in what will be known as the English Restoration

1720 – The ship Le Grand St. Antoine reaches Marseille, bringing Europe’s last major plague outbreak that will go on to kill around 100,000

1787 – The Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding

1793 – Father Stephen Badin becomes the first Catholic priest ordained in the US, in Baltimore, Maryland

1803 – American essayist and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson is born

1810 – Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain

1848 – German author and composer Annette von Droste-Hulshoff dies

1851 – Jose Justo de Urquiza of Argentina leads a rebellion against Juan Manuel de Rosas, his former ally

1861 – President Lincoln suspends the write of habeas corpus during the Civil War

1862 – Confederates score a victory at the First Battle of Winchester, Virginia

1878 – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, tap dancer, is born

1878 – English light-opera team, Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, premiers in London, beginning a near-record run of 571 performances in its original production

1886 – Founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, American labor leader, Philip Murray is born

1889 – American aviation engineer who developed the first successful helicopter, Igor Sikorsky, is born

1895 – Playwright Oscar Wilde is sent to prison after being convicted of sodomy

1898 – Publisher, founder of Random House, Bennett Cerf is born

1898 – Heavyweight boxing champion, Gene Tunney, is born

1899 – Indian flute player and poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is born

1908 – Poet Theodore Roethke is born

1911 – Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico, resigns his office

1911 – Thomas Mann visits the Lido in Venice and is inspired for the idea of his novella Death in Venice

1914 – The British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule

1915 – Large-scale deportations of Armenians begin in Turkey

1925 – John Scopes is indicted for teaching Darwinian theory in school

1926 – American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is born

1927 – Thriller writer Robert Ludlum is born

1929 – Opera singer Beverly Sills is born

1932 – Novelist and journalist John Gregory Dunne is born

1934 – English composer Gustav Holst dies

1935 – Track and field star Jesse Owens sets six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan

1935 – Babe Ruth hits his 714th and last home run at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1938 – American writer Raymond Carver is born

1944 – Germany launches Operation Knight’s Move, in an attempt to seize Yugoslav communist partisan leader Tito

1944 – A revolt breaks out at the Auschwitz extermination camp as several hundred Hungarian Jews tried to flee the gas chambers for the forest

1946 – Jordan gains independence from Britain

1949 – Author Jamaica Kincaid is born

1953 – The first atomic cannon is fired in Nevada

1961 – President John Kennedy asks Congress for financial support of the space program

1963 – The Organization of African Unity is founded, where 32 African countries form a coalition against white rule

1969 – The National Democratic Front is formed in Saigon

1974 – American composer and drummer Frank Klepacki is born

1975 – The grizzly bear is classified as a “threatened” species

1976 – Irish/English actor Cillian Murphy is born

1977 – George Lucas’ Star Wars opens

1977 – China lifts a decade-old ban on Shakespeare

1979 – Almost 300 die when an American Airlines DC-10 crashes and explodes after losing an engine after takeoff in Chicago.  It was the worst domestic air crash in US history

1979 – English rugby player Johnny Wilkinson is born

1979 – 6-year-old Etan Patz disappears in New York City.  His disappearance and murder will help spark the missing children’s movement

1986 – 6.5 million people hold hands in the “Hands Across America” event from California to New York

2002 – A China Airlines jumbo jet breaks apart in mid-air, killing 225

2005 – Australian actor Graham Kennedy dies

2006 – Jamaican singer and songwriter Desmond Dekker dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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