May 25 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred,  famous birthdays, death day, legend quotes, and historical news on May 25.


Events on May 25

1768 Captain Cook sets forth from England in his ship the Endeavour on a voyage to explore the Antipodes.

1850 The first hippopotamus ever seen in Britain arrives as an exhibit for London zoo.

1934 Death of Gustav Holst, British composer best-known for the orchestral suite The Planets.

1938 Alicante is bombed by General Franco’s aircraft as his Falangists fight a bitter civil war against the Republicans.

1950 French troops clash with Viet Cong guerrillas in Vietnam.

1959 The US supreme court rules that Alabama’s ban on boxing matches between black and white is unconstitutional.

1961 The Ku K1ux Klan clashed with civil rights “Freedom Riders” in Montgomery, Alabama.

1965 Heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round of their fight at Lewiston, Maine.

1986 Worldwide, 30 million people run a “Race Against Time” for Sport Aid to raise money for the starving in Africa.

1986 South African troops drive 25,000 blacks out of Crossroads squatter camp.

Famous Birthdays on May 25

Gabriel Fahrenheit  1686, American poet and essayist.

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson 1878, American tap dancer who appeared in several films including Stormy Weather.

Miles Davis 1926, American trumpeter and composer who had a huge influence on jazz music.

Beverley Sills 1929, American operatic soprano who became director of the New York City Opera when she retired from singing.

Sir Ian McKellen 1938, British stage and screen actor.

Paul Weller 1958, British pop singer with groups Jam and the Style Council.

Jonny Wilkinson 1979, English Rugby World Cup winner.

Quotes from Legend

History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is with a tinker’s dam is the history that we make today.

- Henry Ford, on this day, 1916.

Historical News on May 25

1951 Twp British diplomats have gone absent without leave in London.

Both Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess had held senior Foreign Office positions in Washington.

It is understood that police in Europe have been alerted, with checks in countries bordering the Soviet bloc.

The Foreign Office has refused to comment.

Hot Air as Temperatures Rise

1990 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher today warned of the dangers of global warming and pledged Britain to a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, which are thought to be the main cause of global warming.

The Pledge breaks stride with the Bush administration, which has refused to commit itself, calling first for further research on the problem.

But environmental groups are saying Mrs. Thatcher’s 30 percent cut is not nearly enough.

A United Nations report published today concludes that worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and chlorofluorocarbons will have to be cut by 60 percent to stabilize atmospheric concentrations at current levels, which are already too high and continuing to escalate.

The report warns of global temperature increases of 2 degrees F in 35 years, and 6 degrees F by the end of the next century, with potentially disastrous consequences.

The report was approved by scientists representing 39 countries.

Owen’s Record Busting Day

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owens record busting day on may 25

1935 Jesse Owens, a 21-year-old black student-athlete from Alabama, set live new world records and equaled a sixth this afternoon, a world record in itself for a single day’s achievement.

In fact, Owens did it all in a single hour.

He equaled the 100 yards record, then set new records for the long jump, 220 yards, and 220-yard hurdles, relentlessly breaking the 200 m records on the way.

Monkey Business

1925 Press men religious sects both converged on the courthouse in the small Tennessee town of Dayton today to see the local schoolteacher, John T. Scopes, stand trial for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Tennessee passed a law two months ago outlawing Drawing and anyone else who contradicted the Bible’s version of creation, but Scopes defied the new law.

High drama is assured in the “Monkey Trail”, as it is being called.

Thor’s Reed Adventure

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Thor Heyerdahl

1969 Intrepid Norwegian diffusionist Thor Heyerdahl and a seven-man crew from all over the world set sail today to cross the Atlantic in a reed boat named Ra after the Sun God of the Pharaohs.

Heyerdahl, famed for his Kon-Tiki expedition across the Pacific in a balsa-wood raft the experts said would sink, now aims to prove that the ancient Egyptians sailed to America, which would account for the New World’s pre-Columbian pyramids.

His new craft was built by traditional boat-builders from Chad, using 12 tons of papyrus reeds.

Ra sailed today from the old Moroccan port of Safi.

Once again, the experts are predicting that the reed boat will sink.

Americans Start to Draft Constitution

1987 A rather special group of Americans met in the state House in Philadelphia today to set about writing a new constitution for the United States.

Among them are George Washington, hero of the Revolution, the Philadelphia lawyer John Dickinson, who helped draft the first constitution, the indomitable Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania’s president, now 81, Alexander Hamilton of New York, at 32 a distinguished soldier and famous lawyer, Virginia leader James Madison, master of republican theory, and several dozen other brilliant men.

The meeting was called because Congress faces bankruptcy and the states are alarmed by Shays Rebellion earlier this year.

The uprising by bankrupt farmers showed the need for a stronger central government, but under the Articles of Confederation, the government has no control over commerce and cannot raise taxes or enforce its own laws.

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