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Famous birthdays, deaths and events of May 25


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Birthdays
  • 1458 - Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (d. 1511)
  • 1606 - Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • 1803 - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, English novelist and playwright (d. 1873)
  • 1845 - Lip Pike, American baseball player (d. 1883)
  • 1846 - Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet and writer(d. 1900)
  • 1852 - William Muldoon, wrestler (d. 1933)
  • 1877 - Billy Murray, American singer (d. 1954)
  • 1879 - Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook
  • 1880 - Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist (d. 1967)
  • 1882 - Marie Doro, American actress (d. 1956)
  • 1886 - Rash Behari Bose, leader against the British Raj in India (d. 1945)
  • 1888 - Miles Malleson, English actor (d. 1969)
  • 1897 - Gene Tunney, American heavyweight champion (d. 1978)
  • 1898 - Bennett Cerf, American publisher
  • 1899 - Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet
  • 1900 - Alain Grandbois, French Canadian poet (d. 1975)
  • 1903 - Binnie Barnes, British actress (d. 1998)
  • 1908 - Theodore Roethke, American poet (d. 1963)
  • 1909 - Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite (d. 1970)
  • 1917 - Steve Cochran, American actor (d. 1965)
  • 1918 - Claude Akins, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1921 - Hal David, American lyricist and songwriter
  • 1922 - Kitty Kallen, American big band singer
  • 1924 - István Nyers, Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1925 - Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet (d. 1974)
  • 1925 - Jeanne Crain, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1925 - Don Liddle, baseball player (d. 2000)
  • 1927 - Robert Ludlum, American writer (d. 2001)
  • 1929 - Beverly Sills, American soprano (d. 2007)
  • 1929 - Warren Frost, American actor
  • 1931 - Irwin Winkler, American film producer and director
  • 1932 - John Gregory Dunne, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 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
  • 1939 - Ian McKellen, English actor
  • 1943 - Jessi Colter, American singer
  • 1943 - John "Poli" Palmer, British rock musician (Family)
  • 1944 - Frank Oz, English-born puppeteer and director
  • 1944 - Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1944 - John Bunnell, former Sheriff of Multnomah County
  • 1948 - Sgt. Slaughter, American professional wrestler
  • 1948 - Klaus Meine, German musician (Scorpions)
  • 1949 - Jamaica Kincaid, Antiguan-born novelist
  • 1951 - Bob Gale, American screenwriter
  • 1952 - Al Sarrantonio, American writer
  • 1953 - Eve Ensler, American playwright
  • 1953 - Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer
  • 1956 - Sugar Minott, Jamaican singer
  • 1956 - David P. Sartor, American music composer
  • 1956 - Tatsutoshi Goto, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1957 - Edward Lee, American writer
  • 1957 - Robert Picard, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1958 - Paul Weller, British musician
  • 1959 - Rick Wamsley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1959 - Julian Clary, British television personality
  • 1962 - Rick Nattress, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1963 - Mike Myers, Canadian actor and comedian
  • 1964 - David Shaw, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965 - George Hickenlooper, American documentary film-maker
  • 1967 - Poppy Z. Brite, American author
  • 1968 - Kendall Gill, American basketball player
  • 1969 - Anne Heche, American actress
  • 1969 - Stacy London, American fashion consultant
  • 1969 - Glen Drover, Canadian guitar player (Megadeth)
  • 1970 - Joey Eischen, American baseball player
  • 1970 - Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush, American actresses
  • 1970 - Jamie Kennedy, American actor
  • 1970 - Satsuki Yukino, Seiyuu
  • 1971 - Justin Henry, American actor
  • 1972 - Octavia Spencer, American actress
  • 1973 - Demetri Martin, American comedian
  • 1973 - Molly Sims, American model and actress
  • 1973 - Daz Dillinger, American hip-hop performer
  • 1974 - Frank Klepacki, American musician
  • 1974 - Miguel Tejada, Dominican baseball player
  • 1975 - Lauryn Hill, American singer
  • 1976 - Tarik Glenn, American football player
  • 1976 - Cillian Murphy, Irish actor
  • 1976 - Ethan Suplee, American actor
  • 1976 - Sandra Nasic, German singer (Guano Apes)
  • 1977 - Giel Beelen, Dutch radio DJ
  • 1978 - Brian Urlacher, American football player
  • 1979 - Carlos Bocanegra, American footballer
  • 1979 - Jonny Wilkinson, English international and Newcastle Falcons rugby player
  • 1979 - Caroline Ouellette, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 - Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer
  • 1980 - Jae Hee, South Korean actor
  • 1980 - David Navarro, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 - Adam Boyd, English footballer
  • 1982 - Daniel Braaten, Norwegian footballer
  • 1982 - Ryan Gallant, American skateboarder
  • 1983 - Kunal Khemu, Indian actor
  • 1984 - Marion Raven, Norwegian singer-songwriter (M2M)
  • 1984 - Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, 2005 Miss World
  • 1984 - Kyle Brodziak, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 - Shawne Merriman, American football player
  • 1984 - Kostas Martakis, Greek singer
  • 1985 - Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress
  • 1986 - Yoan Gouffran, French footballer
  • 1986 - Geraint Thomas, Welsh Cyclist
  • 1986 - Juri Ueno, Japanese actress
  • 1987 - Timothy Derijck, Belgian footballer
  • 1987 - Yves De Winter, Belgian goalkeeper
  • 1993 - Dilley sextuplets, American sextuplets


Deaths
  • 1555 - Henry II of Navarre, (b. 1503)
  • 1595 - Valens Acidalius, German critic and poet (b. 1567)
  • 1681 - Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish playwright (b. 1600)
  • 1693 - Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, comtesse de la Fayette
  • 1786 - Peter III of Portugal, consort of Queen Maria I of Portugal (b. 1717)
  • 1797 - John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden
  • 1848 - Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (b. 1797)
  • 1917 - Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (b. 1891)
  • 1934 - Gustav Holst, English composer (b. 1874)
  • 1940 - Joe De Grasse, American film director (b. 1873)
  • 1951 - Paula von Preradović, Croatian-born writer (b. 1887)
  • 1965 - Sonny Boy Williamson, (Alec "Rice" Miller) American Blues singer
  • 1977 - Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (b. 1904)
  • 1981 - Fredric Warburg, British publisher and author (b. 1898)
  • 1983 - Jean Rougeau, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1983 - Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)
  • 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)
  • 2000 - Nicholas Clay, British actor (b. 1946)
  • 2002 - Pat Coombs, English actress (b. 1926)
  • 2003 - Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta) (b. 1976)
  • 2004 - Roger W. Straus, Jr.
  • 2005 - Graham Kennedy, Australian television personality (b. 1934)
  • 2005 - Ruth Laredo, American pianist (b. 1937)
  • 2006 - Desmond Dekker, Jamaican ska musician (b. 1941)
  • 2007 - Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor and host (b. 1931)

Events
  • 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.
  • 1787 - In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States. George Washington presides.
  • 1810 - In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Viceroy during the Semana de Mayo.
  • 1837 - The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom.
  • 1865 - In Mobile, Alabama, 300 are killed when an ordnance depot explodes.
  • 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 the 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 five world records and ties a sixth 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.
  • 1940 - World War II: The Battle of Dunkirk begins.
  • 1946 - The parliament of Transjordan makes Abdullah I of Jordan their king.
  • 1953 - Nuclear testing: At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conducts its 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 - 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 Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the moon" before the end of the decade.
  • 1963 - In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Organisation of African Unity is established.
  • 1966 - Explorer program: Explorer 32 launches.
  • 1966 - The first prominent DaZiBao during the Cultural Revolution in China is posted at Peking University.
  • 1967 - The Celtic Football Club becomes the first British, Scottish and Northern European football club to win the European Cup
  • 1977 - Star Wars is released. It rapidly becomes a cult classic and is the start of a six-movie franchise.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1995 - The Bosnian Serb Army kills 72 youngsters in the Bosnian city of Tuzla.
  • 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 - China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people.
  • 2002 - A train crash in Tenga, Mozambique kills 197 people.
  • 2003 - Néstor Kirchner becomes President of Argentina after defeating Carlos Menem. He is the first elected President since the economic crisis.
  • 2007 - The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time.
  • 2009 - North Korea announces that it has conducted a second successful nuclear test in the province of North Hamgyong. The United Nations Security Council condemns the reported test.


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