On This Day

On This Day in History for May 25 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1999 The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report detailing People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over prior two decades
  • 2000 Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.
  • 2001 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest
  • 2002 A train crash in Tenga, Mozambique kills 197 people.
  • 2002 China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people
  • 2003 Néstor Kirchner becomes President of Argentina after defeating Carlos Menem. He is the first elected President since the economic crisis.

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2007 The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time

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Ostankino Tower, Moscow
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  • 2009 North Korea conducts its second nuclear test while also conducting several missile tests
  • 2009 Thailand’s economy shrank more than expected in the first quarter of 2009, contracting the most in a decade and plunging the nation into recession

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2011 Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • 2012 Up to 116 people are massacred, including women and children, by the Syrian army in Houla, in the Homs province

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2012 A SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • 2013 17 children are killed by a gas cylinder explosion on a school bus in Gujrat, Pakistan
  • 2013  Yuichiro Miura of Japan becomes the oldest person to climb Mount Everest at 80
  • 2014 Petro Poroshenko is elected President of Ukraine
  • 2014 Dalia Grybauskaitė is re-elected President of Lithuania
  • 2017 Pitched battles between Islamic State-linked militants and Philippine government troops in and around Marawi, leave 43 dead, with thousands fleeing

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2017 Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg receives an honorary degree from Harvard University, after dropping out in 2004

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • 2018 Barbados elects its first female Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who leads the Barbados Labour Party to victory
  • 2019 Tornado tears through El Reno, Oklahoma. killing two and injuring dozens
  • 2019 Boat capsizes on Lake Mai-Ndombe, western Democratic Republic of Congo, drowning at least 45 with 200 missing
  • 2019 First ever albino panda footage in the wild released (taken in April) from China's Wolong National Nature Reserve

MurderMurder of Interest

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

Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • 2021 New research show impact of 'climate racism' in the US, with black people facing double (+3.12C) the amount of heat stress in urban areas [1]
  • 2021 US CDC says half of all US adults are now fully vaccinated, with 61% having had their first shot
  • 2021 Coup in Mali as military Colonel Assimi Goïta ousts country's civilian President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane arresting and detaining them

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