On This Day in History for May 25

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 123

  • 1085 King Alfonso VI of Castily/Leon occupy Toledo on Moren
  • 1241 1st attack on Jewish community of Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1420 Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ.

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1521 Edict of Worms outlaws Martin Luther & his followers

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther
  • 1522 Emperor Karel I returns to Spain
  • 1632 Albrecht von Wallenstein recaptures Prague on Saksen
  • 1659 Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England. Many pubs in England have since been called "Tumbeldown Dick" in his memory.

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1660 King Charles II of England lands in Dover

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1720 The Ship "Le Grand St Antoine" reaches Marseille, bringing Europe's last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000.
  • 1721 John Copson becomes America's 1st insurance agent
  • 1738 A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
  • 1784 Jews are expelled from Warsaw by Marshall Mniszek

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1787 Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1793 Father Stephen Theodore Badin is 1st US Roman Catholic priest ordained
  • 1810 The Primera Junta (local government) is established in Argentina
  • 1810 In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Spanish Viceroy Cisneros during Semana de Mayo
  • 1825 American Unitarian Association founded
  • 1837 The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom.

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1842 Christian Doppler presents his idea, now known as the Doppler Effect, to the Royal Bohemian Society, Prague

  • 1844 1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot
  • 1861 John Merryman is arrested under suspension of writ of habeas corpus it later sparks a supreme court decision protecting writ
  • 1862 First Battle of Winchester VA
  • 1864 Battle of New Hope Church, GA
  • 1870 Irish Fenians raid Eccles Hill, Quebec
  • 1876 1st tie in NL history (Athletics & Louisville, 2-2 in 14)

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1895 Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer/Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1895 The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as the president.
  • 1898 1st US troop transport to Manila leaves SF
  • 1911 Revolution in Mexico overthrows President Jose Porfirio Diaz
  • 1914 British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill
  • 1915 2nd Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties
  • 1915 Chicago Claude Hendrix no-hits Pitts (Federal League), 10-0
  • 1923 Britain recognizes Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader
  • 1926 Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the Paris-based government-in-exile of Ukrainian People's Republic.

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1927 Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford

  • 1932 Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in 'Mickey's Revue' by Walt Disney
  • 1934 Béla Bartòk's "Enchanted Deer" premieres
  • 1936 The Remington Rand strike, led by the American Federation of Labor, begins.
  • 1937 1st airmail letter to circle globe returns to NY
  • 1938 Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.
  • 1940 German troops conquer Boulogne
  • 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition reopens
  • 1941 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India
  • 1943 Riot at Mobile, Alabama, shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers
  • 1943 Trident conference in Washington, D.C. (operation plan '43 against Japan)
  • 1944 Partisan leader Tito escapes Germans surrounding Bosnia
  • 1945 Arthur C Clark proposes relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit
  • 1946 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
  • 1947 Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co's Mine #5 killing 111
  • 1948 SF receives its 1st telecast
  • 1949 Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai
  • 1950 Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
  • 1953 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
  • 1955 Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas & most of Blackwell Okla
  • 1956 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Haurietis aquas

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1959 Khrushchev visits Angola

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1960 George Crowe's record 11th pinch-hit HR

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1961 JFK announces US goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1961 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,770 m
  • 1962 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • 1962 US unions AFL-CIO starts campaign for 35-hour work week
  • 1963 Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia
  • 1964 Frank Gilroy's "Subject is Roses" premieres in NYC
  • 1964 Ground is broken for a new stadium in St Louis
  • 1964 US Supreme Court rules closing schools to avoid desegregation is unconstitutional
  • 1965 Dave Davies of The Kinks stumbles & is knocked unconscious on stage
  • 1965 India & Pakistan border fights
  • 1965 Roel van Duyn, Martijn Ananar & Rob Faado align in Provo
  • 1967 John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelically painted Rolls Royce
  • 1968 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Jim Stefanich
  • 1968 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Dotty Fothergill
  • 1968 Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated
  • 1969 Sudanese government is overthrown in a military coup
  • 1971 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1971 The Provisional Irish Republican Army throw a time bomb into Springfield Road British Army base in Belfast, killing British Army Sergeant Michael Willetts and wounding seven officers
  • 1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1973 Peronist Hector Campora installed as President of Argentina
  • 1973 US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz
  • 1975 Cleve's Dennis Eckersley, debuts shuting out the A's 6-0
  • 1977 Dutch social democratic party wins parliamentary election
  • 1977 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1979 American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground
  • 1979 Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt
  • 1979 Raul Gonzales of Mexico completes 50,000 m walk in record 3:41:38.4
  • 1981 Daniel Goodwin scales outside of Chicago's Sears Tower in 7 hours
  • 1981 Rangers' Bill Stein sets AL record with 7 consecutive pinch hits
  • 1982 Iranian troops reconquer Khorramshar
  • 1982 STS-4 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1983 1st US National Missing Children's Day is proclaimed
  • 1983 Fire in Nassermeer, Egypt, kills 357
  • 1983 France performs nuclear test
  • 1985 Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed
  • 1986 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida
  • 1986 Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed
  • 1986 Hands Across America - 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY
  • 1986 Virgilio Barco elected president of Colombia
  • 1989 Eastern Airlines graduates it 1st class of non-union pilots
  • 1989 Mariners trade Mark Langston to Montreal for Randy Johnson

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1989 Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1991 Israel evacuates 14,000 Ethiopian Jews

Birthdays in History

  • 1048 Emperor Shenzong of China (d. 1085)
  • 1334 Emperor Sukō, Japanese Emperor of the Northern Court (1348-51)(d. 1398)
  • 1458 Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (d. 1511)
  • 1494 Jacopo Pontormo II, Italy, painter (Sepulture of Christ)
  • 1550 Camillus de Lellis, Italian soldier/monastery founder/saint
  • 1606 Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • 1661 Claude Buffier, French philosopher and historian (d. 1737)
  • 1713 John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute, English premier (1760-63)
  • 1725 Samuel Ward, American politician (d. 1776)
  • 1729 Jean de Neufville, Dutch/US merchant (started 4th English war)
  • 1779 Henry M Baron de Kock, Dutch officer/politician
  • 1781 Ferdinand K J, archduke of Austria-Este/gov-gen (Sicily)
  • 1783 Philip Pendleton Barbour, Virginia politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1841)

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1803 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist/philosopher (Concord Hymn), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 1818 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian
  • 1830 Jules de Geyter, Belgian poet (International)
  • 1839 John Eliot, English meteorologist
  • 1846 Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1923)
  • 1846 Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet and writer(d. 1900)
  • 1847 John Alexander Dowie, [Elijah the Restorer], US, evangelist
  • 1856 Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general (d. 1942)
  • 1860 James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist (d. 1944)
  • 1865 Frederick Augustus III, King of Saxon (1904-18)
  • 1865 John Raleigh Mott, organizer (YMCA, Nobel 1946)
  • 1865 Pieter Zeeman, Dutch physicist (Zeeman effect, Nobel Prize 1902), born in Zonnemaire, Schouwen-Duiveland
  • 1879 W Maxwell Aitken lord Beaverbrook, Canada/English banker
  • 1880 Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist (d. 1967)
  • 1882 Harry Fox, entertainer
  • 1886 Philip Murray, founded Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)
  • 1886 Rash Behari Bose, leader against the British Raj in India (d. 1945)
  • 1887 Pio of Pietrelcina, Catholic saint (d. 1968)

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1889 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1972)

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Aviator
Igor Sikorsky
  • 1891 Robert W P Peereboom, Dutch editor in chief (Haarlem Newspaper)
  • 1894 Dirk Vansina, Flemish playwright (Verschaeve Gives Evidence)
  • 1896 Jan N Bakhuizen van den Brink, theologist/church historian
  • 1898 Bennett Cerf, publisher (Random House) panelist (What's My Line)
  • 1898 Gustav Regler, German writer, born in Merzig (d. 1963)
  • 1900 Alain Grandbois, French Canadian poet (d. 1975)

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1907 Rachel Carson, American marine biologist, conservationist and writer (Silent Spring), born in Springdale, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)

Marine Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson
Marine Biologist and Writer
Rachel Carson
  • 1907 U Nu, Wakema, Myaungmya District, 1st Prime Minister of Burma (1948-56, 1960-62)
  • 1908 Theodore Roethke, US, poet (Words for the Wind)
  • 1909 Alfred Kubel, German politician (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Ernest Anderson, publicist
  • 1912 Princess Dukhye of Korea (d. 1989)
  • 1913 Joseph Peter Grace, businessman
  • 1915 Daniel Wolf, journalist
  • 1916 Lou van Rees, Dutch impresario [or May 29]
  • 1923 John Weitz, spy/author/fashion designer (Friends in High Places)
  • 1927 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Mary Tuck, social researcher/civil servant
  • 1929 David S Ruder, 23rd chairman of Security & Exchange Commission
  • 1930 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Aili Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter
  • 1932 Georgi Mikhailovich Grechko, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14)
  • 1932 John Grogery Dunne, US writer (Up Close & Personal, True Confessions)
  • 1934 David J Burke, writer, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1934 Ron Nesson, press secretary (Gerald Ford)
  • 1938 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season)
  • 1943 Sally Jesse Raphael, TV talk show host (Sally) [or Feb 25]
  • 1943 Wynand C Malan, South African lawyer/NP/DP-politician
  • 1944 Robert Michael Payton, pizza magnate
  • 1944 Robert MacPherson, American mathematician
  • 1945 Dave Lee Travis [David Griffin], British DJ and presenter (Top of the Pops], convicted of indecent assault, born in Buxton, Derbyshire
  • 1946 Janet E[llen] Morris, US, sci-fi author (Golden Sword, Tempus)
  • 1946 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, born Rathlin Island, County Antrim (d. 1997)
  • 1946 David A. Hargrave, RPG designer
  • 1949 Jamaica Kincaid, [Elaine P Richardson], Antigua/US journalist (NYer)
  • 1952 Al Sarrantonio, American writer
  • 1952 Gordon Smith, American politician
  • 1952 Jeffrey Bewkes, American media executive
  • 1953 Jane Priest, Perth Australia, Prince Charles' lover
  • 1953 Eve Ensler, American playwright
  • 1953 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • 1954 Alison Stern, wife of radio personality Howard Stern (Private Parts)
  • 1955 Alistair Burt, British politician
  • 1957 Edward Lee, American writer
  • 1958 Dorothy Straight, 4 year old author (How World Begun)
  • 1958 Paul Weller, guitar (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council)
  • 1959 Manolis Kefalogiannis, Greek politician
  • 1960 Amy Klobuchar, American politician, junior senator from Minnesota
  • 1964 Ivan Bella, Slovak cosmonaut
  • 1966 Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
  • 1967 Poppy Z. Brite, American author
  • 1969 Stacy London, American fashion consultant
  • 1970 Michael B Enyaer, writer (Pilot One)
  • 1970 Satsuki Yukino, Seiyuu
  • 1971 Marco Cappato, Italian politician
  • 1973 Daz Dillinger, American hip-hop performer
  • 1977 Giel Beelen, Dutch radio DJ
  • 1979 Carlos Bocanegra, American footballer
  • 1987 Yves De Winter, Belgian goalkeeper
  • 1993 Dilley sextuplets, American sextuplets

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

1661 King Charles II marries Portuguese princess Catherina the Braganca

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II

HeartWedding of Interest

1898 Chocolatier Milton S. Hershey (40) weds Catherine Sweeney at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey
  • 1961 King Hussein of Jordan marries Princess Muna al-Hussein (Antoinette Gardiner).
  • 2014 Actress Lisa Edelstein (48) weds artist Robert Russell in Los Angeles

Deaths in History

  • 615 Boniface IV, Pope (608-15), dies
  • 709 Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, Bishop of Sherborne. English poet and scholar (b. cica 639)
  • 946 Edmund the Older, king of Wessex/England (939-46), dies
  • 967 Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 926)
  • 992 Mieszko I first lord and knight of Poland, duke of Polans (b. circa 935)
  • 1085 Gregory VII, [Ildebrando], Pope (1073-85), dies
  • 1125 Hendrik V, last Salische German king, dies
  • 1261 Alexander IV, [Rinaldo dei conti di Segni], Pope (1254-61), dies
  • 1452 John Stafford, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1510 Georges d'Amboise, French Roman Catholic cardinal, minister of state and viceroy in North Italy, dies at 49
  • 1555 Gemma Frisius, Frisian geographer/astronomer, dies at 46
  • 1555 Henry II of Navarre (b. 1503)
  • 1595 Valens Acidalius, German critic and poet (b. 1567)
  • 1632 Adam Tanner, Austrian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1572)
  • 1667 Gustaf Bonde, Swedish statesman (b. 1620)
  • 1681 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, dies at 81
  • 1693 Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, comtesse de la Fayette, French writer (b. 1634)
  • 1741 Daniel Ernst Jablonski, German theologian (b. 1660)
  • 1789 Anders Dahl, Swedish botanist (b. 1751)
  • 1797 John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (b. 1719)
  • 1805 William Paley, English philosopher (b. 1743)
  • 1848 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (b. 1797)
  • 1849 Andreas Michiels, Dutch milt gov of West Sumatra, dies in battle at 52
  • 1849 Benjamin d'Urban, British general and colonial administrator (b. 1777)
  • 1895 Ahmed Djevdet Pasja, Turkish minister of Justice, dies at 73
  • 1899 Marie-Rosalie "Rosa" Bonheur, French painter, dies at 68
  • 1912 Austin Lane Crothers, American politician (b. 1860)
  • 1917 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (b. 1891)

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1919 Madam C. J. Walker [Sarah Breedlove], African American entrepreneur and 1st US female self-made millionaire (Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), dies of kidney failure and complications of hypertension at 51

Cosmetics Mogul Madam C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madam C. J. Walker
  • 1924 Lyubov Popova, Russian painter (b. 1889)
  • 1926 Symon Petlyura, leader of Ukraine (pogroms), assassinated at 47
  • 1927 Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)
  • 1930 Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1848)
  • 1935 Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer (b. 1868)
  • 1937 Henry O Tanner, artist, dies
  • 1943 Nils von Dardel, Swedish post-impressionist painter (b. 1888)
  • 1945 Demjan Bednyi, Russian writer and satirist, dies at 62
  • 1949 Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WW II), dies at 47
  • 1951 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-born writer (b. 1887)

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1954 Robert Capa, Hungarian-born photojournalist (b. 1913)

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Photojournalist
Robert Capa
  • 1968 Charles K Feldman, [Gould], producer (Casino Royale), dies at 63
  • 1971 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss
  • 1977 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (b. 1904)
  • 1979 John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (b. 1949)
  • 1981 Fredric Warburg, British publisher and author (b. 1898)
  • 1983 Sydney Box, academy award producer, dies at 76
  • 1985 Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer
  • 1985 Robert Nathan, US writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • 1986 Chester Bowles, US senator/ambassador, dies at 85
  • 1988 Ernst Ruska, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1991 Dorothy Davis Bostwick, entertainer, dies
  • 1992 Philip C Habib, US diplomat (Middle-East/Asia), dies at 72
  • 1992 Viktor Grishin, hardline soviet communist, dies at 78, dies
  • 1993 Louise Tazewell, entertainer, dies at 93
  • 1996 Bernard Charles Sendall, deputy director general of ITA, dies at 83
  • 1996 Buck, dog (Married with Children), dies at 13
  • 1996 David W Howe, test pilot, dies at 77
  • 1996 Enid Kathleen Hutchinson, adult educationalist, dies at 86
  • 1996 John Morrison, politician/landowner, dies at 89
  • 1996 Laurence Marks, journalist, dies at 67
  • 1996 Renzo de Felice, historian, dies at 67
  • 1997 Muhammad Fadhel, PM of Iraq (1953-54), dies
  • 2004 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer (b. 1965)
  • 2008 J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)
  • 2009 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • 2010 Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)
  • 2010 Silvius Magnago, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2011 Leonora Carrington, British-Mexican Surrealist artist dies aged 94
  • 2012 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93
  • 2014 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general & President, dies at 90
  • 2016 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder’), dies at 104