What Happened on May 25

Historical Events

  • 1720 The Ship "Le Grand St Antoine" reaches Marseille, bringing Europe's last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000.
  • 1810 In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Spanish Viceroy Cisneros during Semana de Mayo
  • 1914 British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill
  • 1935 Track and field athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Remembered as "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport".
  • 1986 Hands Across America - 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY
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Did You Know?

Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

On May 25, 1977

Famous Weddings

  • 1661 King Charles II marries Portuguese princess Catherina the Braganca
  • 1898 Chocolatier Milton S. Hershey (40) weds Catherine Sweeney at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
  • 1901 Russian physician, dramatist and author Anton Chekhov marries actress Olga Knipper
  • 1940 MLB outfielder Stan Musial (19) weds his high school sweetheart Lillian Labash in Daytona Beach
  • 1957 NFL coach Chuck Noll (25) weds first wife Marianne Noll

Famous Divorces

  • 2000 Television producer and director Mark Tinker (49) divorces actress and painter Kristin Harmon (54) after 12 years of marriage
  • 2012 Actress Halina Mlynkova (35) divorces actor Lukasz Nowicki (39) after 9 years of marriage
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