On This Day

What Happened on May 25

Important 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
  • 1961 JFK announces US goal of putting a man on the Moon before the end of decade
  • 2020 Video of African American George Floyd's arrest and murder while restrained in Minneapolis police custody shows he was pinned to the ground by police officer Derek Chauvin's knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, ignites widespread condemnation and nationwide protests
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May 25 in Music

  • 1878 W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" premieres in London, their first international success

May 25 in Sport

  • 1935 Legendary American 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"

Did You Know?

Hands Across America - 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY

On May 25, 1986

Would You Believe?

32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest

On May 25, 2001

Famous Weddings

  • 1661 King Charles II marries Portuguese princess Catherina of Braganca
  • 1898 Chocolatier Milton S. Hershey (40) weds Catherine Sweeney at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
  • 1901 Anton Chekhov (41), Russian physician, dramatist and author marries actress Olga Knipper (31)

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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