Find Out What happened 25th May Major News Stories include Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career, Flixborough Disaster, Oscar Wilde found guilty of gross indecency, John T. Scopes was indicted for teaching the theory of evolution, First Of The Star Wars Movies Opens, Former Enron Corp. Executives Convicted,
1967 UK John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls Royce
25th May 1967 : John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls Royce is delivered, the Rolls Royce caused an uproar including the Rolls Royce Company raising a formal complaint. He had bought the car new from Rolls Royce in 1965 and become bored with the colour so had a psychedelic paint job. The car was sold at Sotheby's in 1985 for $2,299.000.00 the most expensive car ever sold.
1968 U.S.A. St. Louis, Gateway Arch
25th May 1968 : The Gateway Arch in St. Louis standing 630 feet tall, and 630 feet wide at its base is dedicated
1895 England Oscar Wilde
25th May 1895 : Playwright Oscar Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency in London and sentenced two years of hard labour.
Playwright Oscar Wilde was arrested on charges of "gross indecency" under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act earlier in April ( in 1895 ) this term implied 'homosexual acts not amounting to buggery'.
1920 U.S.A. American Merchant Shipping
25th May 1920 : A study into American merchant shipping confirms that 79% of new ships just built or in design and build stages have moved from coal burners to oil burners as fuel.
1925 U.S.A. John T. Scopes
25th May 1925 : A high school science teacher, John T. Scopes was indicted for teaching the theory of evolution in his classes, as the Tennessee state law prohibits the teaching of evolution in public schools.
1935 U.S.A. Jesse Owens
25th May 1935 : Jesse Owens broke three world records at the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan including broad jump, the 220-yard dash and the low hurdles.
1935 U.S.A. Babe Ruth
25th May 1935 : Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh while playing for the Boston Braves against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Shortly afterwards he announced his retirement.
1943 World War II Dusseldorf Bombing
25th May 1943 : 500 RAF Bombers bombed Dusseldorf and laid waste to parts of the city that have been left standing, also the RAF were in action in Burma with a raids into western Burma.
1958 France General Charles de Gaulle
25th May 1958 : General Charles de Gaulle becomes Prime Minister of France.
1961 U.S.A. Money To Put A Man On The Moon
25th May 1961 : President Kennedy has asked Congress for $531 million to help the US put a man on the moon before the end of the decade . On July 21st 1969 , Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon.
1963 Ethiopia Organisation of African Unity
25th May 1963 : African states unite to create the Organisation of African Unity / OAU to "decolonise" the remaining bastions of white rule in South Africa, Southern Rhodesia, Mozambique and Angola with any and all means possible including providing African "freedom fighters" with finance, arms, volunteers and training bases.
1965 U.S.A. Muhammad Ali versus Sonny Liston Rematch
25th May 1965 : Following the Cassius Clay defeat of Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964, for the world heavyweight boxing championship and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, Liston and Ali meet for a second time in Lewiston, Maine, for the Heavyweight Championship, during the first round Liston goes down ( Often called by a phantom punch ) and the Referee Jersey Joe Walcott stops the fight awarding Ali a first-round knockout.
1967 Portugal Celtic win the European Cup
25th May 1967 : Glasgow Celtic becomes the first British team to win the prestigious European Cup, beating favorites Internazionale Milan 2-1 at the Portuguese National Stadium in Lisbon .
1974 UK Flixborough Disaster
25th May 1974 : An explosion at a chemical plant at Flixborough leaves more than 25 dead .
1977 U.S.A. First Of The Star Wars Movies Opens
25th May 1977 : Star Wars written and directed by George Lucas and released by 20th Century Fox opens in American Theaters.
The original Star Wars grossed nearly $800 million world wide and won multiple awards at the 50th Annual Academy Awards and created a cult following for future Star Wars Movies.
1978 U.S.A. First Atlantic City Casino
25th May 1978 : The nations first legal casino outside of Nevada opens in the resort town of Atlantic City NJ for dice rollers and card players.
1979 U.S.A. Chicago Airport Plane Crash
25th May 1979 : A flight from O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois American Airlines Flight 191 crashed and exploded in a field near the airport . The crash killed 273 people, including two on the ground
1982 Falkland Islands Atlantic Conveyor and HMS Coventry
25th May 1982 : Two Argentinean Super Etendards fire French-built Exocets and destroy the Atlantic Conveyor. In A separate attack Argentinean Skyhawks hit HMS Coventry four times with 1,000 bombs causing explosions and the ship to capsize.
1986 U.S.A. Hands Across America
25th May 1986 : Approximately Seven million Americans joined hands hoping to raise more than $50 million to fight hunger and homelessness in "Hands Across America"
1988 U.S.A. Median price for a home is now $87,700
25th May 1988 : A report by the National Association of Realtors has said the median price for a home is now $87,700
1994 UK Lottery Winner Announced
25th May 1994 : The Camelot consortium pledging to give up to 30% of its takings to to five "good causes". has won the contract to run Britain's first national lottery which starts in November.
1998 U.S.A. Google
25th May 1998 : Concerns are being raised by many librarians and academics that the Internet is more likely to provide bad information than good as there are no checks and balances in place, this is well shown if someone is searching the Internet for medical advice as much of the content on the Internet is completely wrong and in some cases could be considered a danger. ( this was the same year the two founders of Google were developing a new kind of search engine that became the dominant player in Search Engines and they used a different way to measure the contents of a page using a form of voting from links on other sites which would be more likely to give the best results ) since then many SEO's have found ways to fix the voting by buying links or spamming links )
Azerbaijan 2005 Azerbaijan Longest Oil Pipeline Opens
25th May, 2005 : The longest oil pipeline in the world opened. The pipeline was one thousand miles long and began in Azerbaijan, travelling through Georgia, and ending at a Mediterranean sea port in Turkey. The pipeline took over ten years to build and cost over three billion dollars. It reaches from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.
2006 U.S.A. Enron Corp
25th May 2006 : Former Enron Corp. Executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling are convicted in Houston of conspiracy and fraud for the company's downfall. Kenneth Lay dies before sentencing and Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Iran 2008 Iran Chemical Explosion Kills Many
25th May, 2008 : A chemical explosion at a factory near Arak, Iran created a fire that killed thirty people and injured almost forty others. The factory that produced cosmetics and detergents was nearly completely destroyed by the blast, but the fire was quickly brought under control.
2009 North Korea Nuclear Test
25th May 2009 : North Korea announces that it has conducted a n underground detonation of a nuclear device in the province of North Hamgyong as part of it's nuclear weapons program. North Korea now believes it should be considered a full nuclear power, this raises a number of questions and problems for The United Nations Security Council over concerns that North Korea could sell this technology to other countries or terrorist organizations making nuclear proliferation likely.
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China 2010 China Another iPhone Factory Worker Dies
25th May, 2010 : Another Foxconn worker was found dead after falling off of a building at the factory. The nineteen year old worker became the tenth person to die in this manner at the factory since the beginning of 2010. The large company produces mobile phones and other electronics for various computer companies, including the Apple iPhone. The company admitted to thwarting numerous similar suicide attempts earlier that year and denied accusations that the employees were under too much pressure and pushed too hard.
United States 2011 United States Arizona Shooter Ruled Unfit for Trial
25th May, 2011 : Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting and killing six people, and injuring US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a January incident, was found incompetent to stand trial. Loughner pleaded not guilty and was declared unfit for trial after being evaluated by mental competency experts.
May 25th, 1957, Keighley, Yorkshire, England.
Known For :
Campbell's Cambridge degree was in foreign languages (of which
he did German and French). Post university he worked for the Tavistock
Times before signing on to the Daily Mirror and becoming its political
editor. He went on to be political editor of Today before becoming an
assistant to the leader of the Opposition in the U.K. Parliament. He was
influential in the Labour Party's winning of the 1997 general election,
and became Blair's Press Secretary in 1997. An affluent spin doctor, he
resigned in 2003.