1800s / 19th century history on the 25th of May
1803 : Ralph Waldo Emerson the American philosopher was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA (died in 1882 aged 78).
1878 : Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore comic opera opened at the Opera Comique in London, England.
1900s / 20th century history on the 25th of May
1921 : Hal David, American songwriter was born Harold Lane David in New York City, USA (died in 2012 aged 91).
1953 : Nuclear weapons testing at the Nevada Test Site in USA. This was the first and only time the United States conducted a nuclear artillery test.
1953 : The first public television station in the United States started broadcasting from the University of Houston, as KUHT.
1958 : Paul Weller the English singer-songwriter and musician was born John William Weller in Woking, Surrey, England. Official website : PaulWeller.com
1959 : Julian Clary the English comedian was born in Surbiton, Surrey, England. Official website : JulianClary.co.uk
1963 : Mike Myers the Canadian-American actor was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
1966 : Explorer 32 was launched.
1968 : The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, was dedicated.
1977 : Star Wars was released in theatres. Retroactively it was titled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. It was the first of George Lucas’ blockbuster Star Wars movies. The film hit American theaters on Memorial Day weekend when it opened on the 25th May 1977. Star Wars received seven Oscars, and earned $461 million in U.S. ticket sales, with a gross of close to $800 million worldwide.
1979 : American Airlines Flight 191 McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashed while taking off at O’Hare International Airport, in Chicago, USA. All 271 people on board the plane and 2 people on the ground were killed.
1986 : The Hands Across America event took place.
2000s / 21st century history on the 25th of May
2001 : Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He was with Dr. Sherman Bull.
2005 : Graham Kennedy the Australian television host died aged 71 (born in 1934).
2008 : NASA’s Phoenix lander touched down on the surface of Mars, in the Green Valley region, in a search for water and microbial life.
2011 : The Oprah Winfrey Show aired for the last time, after 25 years.
2012 : The SpaceX Dragon became the 1st commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous and berth with the International Space Station. 2020 : George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, while being arrested, which provoked many protests in the United States and around the world.
2020 : George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, while being arrested, which provoked many protests in the United States and around the world.
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