What happened on May 25? There are more than 299 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 25

May 25 In HistoryMay 25 is the 146th day of the year 2020. There are 220 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 22nd week of the year 2020.

On this day in Metter, Georgia 30439 sunrise occured at 06:23 AM and sunset occured at 08:26 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 263 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For May 25

  • 567 BC
    Servius Tullius, king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victory over the Etruscans.
  • 240 BC
    First recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.
  • 1085
    Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo, Spain back from the Moors.
  • 1420
    Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ.
  • 1521
    The Diet of Worms ends when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw.
  • 1659
    Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England following the restoration of the Long Parliament, beginning a second brief period of the republican government called the Commonwealth of England.
  • 1738
    A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
  • 1798
    United Irishmen Rebellion: The Carnew massacre, Dunlavin massacre and Carlow massacre takes place.
  • 1809
    Chuquisaca Revolution: a group of patriots in Chuquisaca (modern day Sucre) revolt against the Spanish Empire, starting the South American Wars of Independence.
  • 1810
    May Revolution: citizens of Buenos Aires expel Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros during the May week, starting the Argentine War of Independence.
  • 1819
    The Argentine Constitution of 1819 is promulgated.
  • 1833
    The Chilean Constitution of 1833 is promulgated.
  • 1837
    The Rebels of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom.
  • 1865
    In Mobile, Alabama, 300 are killed when an ordnance depot explodes.
  • 1878
    Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opens at the Opera Comique in London.
  • 1895
    Playwright, poet, and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of “committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons” and sentenced to serve two years in prison.
  • 1895
    The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as its president.
  • 1914
    The United Kingdom’s House of Commons passes the Home Rule Act for devolution in Ireland.
  • 1925
    Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
  • 1926
    Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the Paris-based government-in-exile of Ukrainian People’s Republic.
  • 1935
    Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • 1936
    The Remington Rand strike, led by the American Federation of Labor, begins.
  • 1938
    Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.
  • 1946
    The parliament of Transjordan makes Abdullah I of Jordan their Emir.
  • 1951
    Future Hall of Famer Willie Mays was called up by the New York Giants from their farm team Minneapolis Millers. We went 0-5 in his first major league game.
  • 1953
    Nuclear testing: At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conduct their first and only nuclear artillery test.
  • 1953
    The first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston.
  • 1955
    First ascent of Kangchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third highest mountain in the world, by a British expedition led by Joe Brown and George Band.
  • 1955
    In the United States, a night time F5 tornado strikes the small city of Udall, Kansas, killing 80 and injuring 273. It is the deadliest tornado to ever occur in the state and the 23rd deadliest in the U.S.
  • 1961
    Apollo program: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a “man on the Moon” before the end of the decade.
  • 1962
    The Old Bay Line, the last overnight steamboat service in the United States, goes out of business.
  • 1963
    In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Organisation of African Unity is established.
  • 1966
    Explorer program: Explorer 32 launches.
  • 1966
    The first prominent dàzìbào during the Cultural Revolution in China is posted at Peking University.
  • 1967
    Celtic F.C. from Glasgow, Scotland becomes the first ever Northern European team to win the European Cup; with previous winners being from Spain, Italy and Portugal.
  • 1973
    HNS Velos (D-16), while participating in a NATO exercise and in order to protest against the dictatorship in Greece, anchored at Fiumicino, Italy, refusing to return to Greece.
  • 1977
    Star Wars (retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981) is released in theaters, inspiring the Jediism religion and Geek Pride Day holiday.
  • 1979
    American Airlines Flight 191: In Chicago, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashes during takeoff at O'Hare International Airport killing 271 on board and two people on the ground.
  • 1979
    Six-year-old Etan Patz disappears from the street just two blocks away from his New York City home, prompting an international search for the child, and causing U.S. President Ronald Reagan to designate May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day (in 1983).
  • 1981
    In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
  • 1982
    HMS Coventry is sunk during the Falklands War.
  • 1985
    Bangladesh is hit by a tropical cyclone and storm surge, which kills approximately 10,000 people.
  • 1997
    A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.
  • 1999
    The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People’s Republic of China’s nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the 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.
  • 2009
    North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests building tensions in the international community.
  • 2011
    Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Who Were Born On May 25?

  • 1048
    Emperor Shenzong of Song China (d. 1085)
  • 1334
    Emperor Sukō, Japanese Pretender (d. 1398)
  • 1458
    Sultan Mahmud Begada of Gujarat (d. 1511)
  • 1606
    Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • 1661
    Claude Buffier, French philosopher and historian (d. 1737)
  • 1713
    John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1792)
  • 1725
    Samuel Ward, American politician (d. 1776)
  • 1749
    Gregorio Funes, Argentine clergyman, politician and Junta Grande figure (d. 1829)
  • 1783
    Philip Pendleton Barbour, American politician and Supreme Court justice (d. 1841)
  • 1803
    Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, English novelist and playwright (d. 1873)
  • 1803
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and philosopher (d. 1882)
  • 1818
    Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss historian (d. 1897)
  • 1845
    Lip Pike, American baseball player (d. 1893)
  • 1846
    Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet and writer (d. 1900)
  • 1846
    Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1923)
  • 1848
    Johann Baptist Singenberger, Swiss composer, editor and publisher (d. 1924)
  • 1852
    William Muldoon, American Greco-Roman wrestler (d. 1933)
  • 1856
    Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general (d. 1942)
  • 1860
    James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist (d. 1944)
  • 1865
    John Mott, American evangelical; Nobel Peace Prize laureate (d. 1955)
  • 1865
    Pieter Zeeman, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1943)
  • 1877
    Billy Murray, American singer (d. 1954)
  • 1878
    Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, American tap dancer and actor (d. 1949)
  • 1879
    Lord Beaverbrook, Canadian-born British publisher (d. 1964)
  • 1880
    Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist (d. 1967)
  • 1882
    Marie Doro, American actress (d. 1956)
  • 1886
    Philip Murray, Scottish-born American labor leader (d. 1952)
  • 1886
    Rash Behari Bose, Indian revolutionary (d. 1945)
  • 1887
    Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, Italian Catholic priest (d. 1968)
  • 1888
    Miles Malleson, English actor (d. 1969)
  • 1889
    Igor Sikorsky, Russian-born American aviation designer (d. 1972)
  • 1897
    Gene Tunney, American boxer(d. 1978)
  • 1898
    Bennett Cerf, American publisher and TV personality (d. 1971)
  • 1899
    Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet and musician (d. 1976)
  • 1900
    Alain Grandbois, French Canadian poet (d. 1975)
  • 1903
    Binnie Barnes, British actress (d. 1998)
  • 1907
    U Nu, Burmese politician (d. 1995)
  • 1908
    Theodore Roethke, American poet (d. 1963)
  • 1909
    Alfred Kubel, German politician (d. 1999)
  • 1909
    Marie Menken, American filmmaker and socialite (d. 1970)
  • 1912
    Dean Rockwell, American wrestling and football coach (d. 2005)
  • 1912
    Princess Deokhye of Korea (d. 1989)
  • 1913
    Heinz “Pritzl” Bär, German fighter pilot (d. 1957)
  • 1913
    Richard Dimbleby, British journalist and broadcaster (d. 1965)
  • 1917
    Steve Cochran, American actor (d. 1965)
  • 1917
    Theodore Hesburgh, American educator and theologian
  • 1918
    Claude Akins, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1921
    Hal David, American lyricist and songwriter
  • 1921
    Jack Steinberger, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1922
    Enrico Berlinguer, Italian P.C.I. politician (d. 1984)
  • 1922
    Kitty Kallen, American big band singer
  • 1924
    István Nyers, Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1925
    Don Liddle, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • 1925
    Jeanne Crain, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1925
    Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet (d. 1974)
  • 1927
    Robert Ludlum, American writer (d. 2001)
  • 1929
    Beverly Sills, American soprano (d. 2007)
  • 1929
    Warren Frost, American actor
  • 1931
    Aili Jõgi, Estonian anti-Soviet occupation figure
  • 1931
    Georgy Grechko, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1931
    Irwin Winkler, American film producer and director
  • 1932
    John Gregory Dunne, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1932
    K. C. Jones, American professional basketball player and coach
  • 1932
    W. P. Kinsella, Canadian writer
  • 1933
    Basdeo Panday, Trinidadian statesman
  • 1933
    Ray Spencer, English footballer
  • 1935
    Cookie Gilchrist, American football player
  • 1935
    Victoria Shaw, Australian-born American actress (d. 1988)
  • 1936
    Tom T. Hall, American singer and songwriter
  • 1938
    Raymond Carver, American writer (d. 1988)
  • 1939
    Dixie Carter, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1939
    Ian McKellen, English actor
  • 1941
    Vladimir Voronin, Moldovan statesman
  • 1943
    Jessi Colter, American country singer
  • 1943
    John Palmer, British musician (Family)
  • 1944
    Frank Oz, British-born American puppeteer and director
  • 1944
    John Bunnell, American law enforcement official and TV personality
  • 1944
    Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1944
    Robert MacPherson, American mathematician
  • 1946
    Bill Adam, Scottish-born Canadian racing driver
  • 1946
    David A. Hargrave, American writer and role-playing games designer (d. 1988)
  • 1947
    Karen Valentine, American actress
  • 1948
    Klaus Meine, German singer (Scorpions)
  • 1949
    Jamaica Kincaid, Antiguan-born novelist
  • 1951
    Bob Gale, American screenwriter
  • 1952
    Al Sarrantonio, American writer
  • 1952
    Gordon Smith, American politician
  • 1952
    Jeffrey Bewkes, American media executive
  • 1953
    Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer
  • 1953
    Eve Ensler, American playwright
  • 1953
    Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • 1955
    Alistair Burt, British politician
  • 1956
    David P. Sartor, American composer
  • 1956
    Stavros Arnaoutakis, Greek politician
  • 1956
    Sugar Minott, Jamaican reggae singer
  • 1956
    Tatsutoshi Goto, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1957
    Edward Lee, American writer
  • 1957
    Hillary B. Smith, American actress
  • 1957
    Robert Picard, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1958
    Aikaterini Batzeli, Greek politician
  • 1958
    Carrie Newcomer, American folksinger
  • 1958
    Paul Weller, English musician
  • 1959
    Julian Clary, British television personality
  • 1959
    Manolis Kefalogiannis, Greek politician
  • 1959
    Rick Wamsley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1960
    Amy Klobuchar, American politician
  • 1960
    Anthea Turner, British television personality
  • 1962
    Rick Nattress, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1963
    Eha Rünne, Estonian shot putter and discus thrower
  • 1963
    Mike Myers, Canadian actor and comedian
  • 1964
    David Shaw, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1964
    Ivan Bella, Slovak cosmonaut
  • 1964
    Ray Stevenson, British actor
  • 1965
    George Hickenlooper, American documentary film-maker
  • 1966
    Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
  • 1967
    Poppy Z. Brite, American author
  • 1968
    Kendall Gill, American basketball player
  • 1969
    Anne Heche, American actress
  • 1969
    Glen Drover, Canadian guitarist (Megadeth)
  • 1969
    Stacy London, American fashion consultant
  • 1970
    Jamie Kennedy, American actor
  • 1970
    Joey Eischen, American baseball player
  • 1970
    Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush, American actresses
  • 1970
    Satsuki Yukino, Japanese voice actress
  • 1971
    Justin Henry, American actor
  • 1971
    Marco Cappato, Italian politician
  • 1972
    Karan Johar, Indian director, producer, writer, actor
  • 1972
    Octavia Spencer, American actress
  • 1973
    Daz Dillinger, American rapper
  • 1973
    Demetri Martin, American comedian
  • 1973
    Molly Sims, American model and actress
  • 1974
    Frank Klepacki, American musician
  • 1974
    Miguel Tejada, Dominican baseball player
  • 1975
    Blaise Nkufo, Swiss footballer
  • 1975
    Lauryn Hill, American singer
  • 1976
    Cillian Murphy, Irish actor
  • 1976
    Clifton Williams, American Designer of TripIt
  • 1976
    Ethan Suplee, American actor
  • 1976
    Marcelo Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976
    Sandra Nasic, German singer (Guano Apes)
  • 1976
    Tarik Glenn, American football player
  • 1977
    Alberto Del Rio, Mexican wrestler
  • 1977
    Karthik Sivakumar, Indian actor
  • 1978
    Brian Urlacher, American football player
  • 1979
    Carlos Bocanegra, American footballer
  • 1979
    Caroline Ouellette, French Canadian ice-hockey player
  • 1979
    Jonny Wilkinson, English rugby player
  • 1979
    Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer
  • 1980
    David Navarro, Spanish footballer
  • 1980
    Jae Hee, South Korean actor
  • 1980
    Joe King, American musician (The Fray)
  • 1981
    Michalis Pelekanos, Greek basketball player
  • 1982
    Adam Boyd, English footballer
  • 1982
    Daniel Braaten, Norwegian footballer
  • 1982
    Jason Kubel, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Luke Webster, Australian rules footballer
  • 1982
    Ryan Gallant, American skateboarder
  • 1983
    Kunal Khemu, Indian actor
  • 1983
    Tiaguinho Brazilian footballer
  • 1984
    A. J. Foyt IV, American race car driver
  • 1984
    Kostas Martakis, Greek singer
  • 1984
    Kyle Brodziak, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984
    Luke Ball, Australian rules footballer
  • 1984
    Marion Raven, Norwegian singer-songwriter (M2M)
  • 1984
    Shawne Merriman, American football player
  • 1984
    Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, Icelandic beauty pageant constestant (Miss World 2005)
  • 1985
    Demba Ba, Senegalese footballer
  • 1985
    Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress
  • 1986
    Edewin Fanini, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986
    Geraint Thomas, Welsh cyclist
  • 1986
    Juri Ueno, Japanese actress
  • 1986
    Lauren Crace, English actress
  • 1986
    Yoan Gouffran, French footballer
  • 1987
    Timothy Derijck, Belgian footballer
  • 1987
    Yves De Winter, Belgian footballer
  • 1988
    Cameron van der Burgh, South African swimmer
  • 1990
    Nikita Filatov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1991
    Jillian Wheeler, American musician
  • 1994
    Alexandra Raisman, American gymnast
  • 1995
    Gabby Soleil, American actress

Who Died On May 25?

  • 615
    Pope Boniface IV (b. c. 550)
  • 709
    Aldhelm, English Christian saint, Latin poet and Anglo-Saxon literature scholar (b. c. 639)
  • 967
    Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 926)
  • 992
    Mieszko I first lord and knight of Poland, duke of Poland (b. c. 935)
  • 1085
    Pope Gregory VII (b. c. 1020)
  • 1261
    Pope Alexander IV
  • 1452
    John Stafford, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1555
    Gemma Frisius, Dutch mathematician and cartographer (b. 1508)
  • 1555
    King 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 playwright (b. 1600)
  • 1693
    Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, comtesse de la Fayette, French writer (b. 1634)
  • 1741
    Daniel Ernst Jablonski, German theologian (b. 1660)
  • 1786
    Peter III of Portugal, consort of Queen Maria I of Portugal (b. 1717)
  • 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
    Benjamin d'Urban, British general and colonial administrator (b. 1777)
  • 1899
    Rosa Bonheur, French realist painter and sculptor (b. 1822)
  • 1912
    Austin Lane Crothers, American politician (b. 1860)
  • 1917
    Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (b. 1891)
  • 1919
    Madam C. J. Walker, American philanthropist and tycoon (b. 1867)
  • 1924
    Lyubov Popova, Russian painter (b. 1889)
  • 1926
    Symon Petliura, Ukrainian politician and statesman (b. 1879)
  • 1927
    Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)
  • 1930
    Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1848)
  • 1934
    Gustav Holst, English composer (b. 1874)
  • 1939
    Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer (b. 1868)
  • 1940
    Joe De Grasse, American film director (b. 1873)
  • 1942
    Emanuel Feuermann, Austrian-American cellist (b. 1902)
  • 1943
    Nils von Dardel, Swedish post-impressionist painter (b. 1888)
  • 1951
    Paula von Preradović, Croatian-born writer (b. 1887)
  • 1954
    Robert Capa, Hungarian-born photojournalist (b. 1913)
  • 1965
    Aleck “Rice” Miller, American blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player, known as Sonny Boy Williamson (II) (b. 1908)
  • 1968
    Georg von Küchler, German field marshal (b. 1881)
  • 1970
    Tom Patey, Scottish mountaineer (b. 1932)
  • 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
    Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)
  • 1983
    Jean Rougeau, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1983
    King Idris I, of Libya (b. 1889)
  • 1986
    Chester Bowles, American Democratic politician (b. 1901)
  • 1988
    Ernst Ruska, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1994
    Sonny Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (b. 1940)
  • 1995
    Dany Robin, French actress (b. 1927)
  • 1996
    Bradley Nowell, American singer and guitarist (Sublime) (b. 1968)
  • 1996
    Renzo De Felice, Italian historian (b. 1929)
  • 2000
    Nicholas Clay, British actor (b. 1946)
  • 2002
    Pat Coombs, English actress (b. 1926)
  • 2003
    Jeremy Michael Ward, American sound technician and vocal operator (The Mars Volta) (b. 1976)
  • 2004
    Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
  • 2005
    Graham Kennedy, Australian television personality (b. 1934)
  • 2005
    Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer (b. 1965)
  • 2005
    Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)
  • 2005
    Sunil Dutt, Indian actor and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2006
    Desmond Dekker, Jamaican ska musician (b. 1941)
  • 2007
    Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor and TV host (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Camu Tao, American rapper and producer (b. 1977)
  • 2008
    J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)
  • 2009
    Haakon Lie, Norwegian Labour politician (b. 1905)
  • 2010
    Alan Hickinbotham, Australian businessman, football player & football coach (b. 1925)
  • 2010
    Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
  • 2010
    Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)
  • 2010
    Michael H. Jordan, American businessman and Chief Executive Officer (b. 1936)
  • 2010
    Silvius Magnago, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2010
    Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • 2011
    Terry Jenner, Australian cricketer (b. 1944)

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