25 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803
  • Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, 1878
  • Lord Beaverbrook, 1879
  • Béla Bartók, 1881
  • Igor Sikorsky, 1889
  • Josip Broz Tito, 1892
  • Gene Tunney, 1897
  • Bennett Cerf, 1898
  • Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, 1917
  • Claude Akins, 1918
  • Jeanne Crain, 1925
  • Miles Davis, 1926
  • Robert Ludlum, 1927
  • Beverly Sills, 1929
  • John Gregory Dunne, 1932
  • Ian McKellen, 1939
  • Dixie Carter, 1939
  • Leslie Uggams, 1943
  • Jessi Colter, 1943
  • Connie Selleca, 1955
  • Mike Myers, 1963

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Gregory VII, 1085
  • Pedro Calderon, 1681
  • Edouard de Laboulaye, 1885
  • Henrik Ibsen, 1906
  • Gustav Holst, 1934
  • Robert Capa killed, 1954
  • Chester Bowles, 1986
  • Ismail Merchant, 2005
  • Charles Nelson Reilly, 2007

Today's Events:

  • AD 597 - Trad. date of arrival of St. Augustine in Britain from Rome to convert the Anglos and Saxons.
  • 1768 - Captain James Cook sets sail on first voyage of discovery-maps coasts of NZ & Australia.
  • 1780 - Mutiny of soldiers of George Washington's Continental Army at Morristown, N.J. quelled.
  • 1895 - Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for homosexuality. (Arrested 6 April)
  • 1921 - First woman British barrister qualified.
  • 1935 - Jesse Owens breaks 4 world's track records in 45 minutes and matches 2 others at Ann Arbor, MI.
  • 1935 - Babe Ruth hits the last homerun of his career, his 714th at Forbes Field, Boston.
  • 1940 - Crypt of Civilization time capsule sealed at Ogilthorpe Univ., Atlanta; to be opened 5/28/8113.
  • 1950 - First passenger cars allowed on new Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in New York City.
  • 1953 - World's first atomic shell fired in Nevada.
  • 1961 - President John F. Kennedy asks congress to approve program to send man to the moon.
  • 1963 - Formation of the Organization of African Unity.
  • 1965 - Cassius Clay retains title by knocking out Sonny Liston in one minute at Lewiston, Maine.
  • 1976 - George Lucas's 'Star Wars' opens across America.
  • 1985 - Hurricane kills over 11,000 people in Bangladesh.
  • 1991 - Entire Jewish population of Ethiopia airlifted to Israel in biggest airlift ever; 14,500 in 35 hours.
  • 2010 - Two million people gather at the 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires to celebrate Bicentennial of the May Revolution.
  • 2011 - Oprah Winfrey's most-watched daytime talk show comes to an end after 25 years (4,561 shows) on CBS TV.
  • 2012 - Massacre of 49 children and 59 adults in Housa, Syria by Assad government soldiers begins.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Gregory VII
  • Madeleine Sophie
  • Aldhelm
  • The Three Marys

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Jordan (1946)
  • African Freedom Day celebrated in Chad & Zambia

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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