This Day In History – May 25th
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Each day of the week we look in the rearview mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays, and more that have happened on May 25th in the past.
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Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history
1787 – The Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.
1810 – Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule with the forming of the Primera Junta in Buenos Aires.
1935 – Babe Ruth hit his last three career home runs [–] Nos. 712, 713 and 714 [–] for the Boston Braves in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (The Pirates won, 11-7.)
1946 – Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I.
1959 – The U.S. Supreme Court, in State Athletic Commission v. Dorsey, struck down a Louisiana law prohibiting interracial boxing matches. (The case had been brought by Joseph Dorsey Jr., a black professional boxer.)
1961 – President John F. Kennedy told Congress: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieve the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”
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1964 – The U.S. Supreme Court, in Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, ordered the Virginia county to reopen its public schools, which officials had closed in an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka desegregation ruling.
1965 – Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round of their world heavyweight title rematch in Lewiston, Maine. (Ali’s victory generated controversy over whether he’d truly connected when he sent Liston crashing to the canvas with a right to the head, or whether it was a “phantom punch,” implying that the fight had been fixed.)
1992 – Jay Leno made his debut as host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” succeeding Johnny Carson.
2005 – Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals judge after a ferocious four-year battle.
2006 – former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted in Houston of conspiracy and fraud for the company’s downfall. (Lay died in July 2006 from heart disease and his convictions were vacated; Skilling was resentenced to 14 years in prison after his original 24-year sentence was overturned.)
2008 – NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander arrived on the Red Planet to begin searching for evidence of water; the spacecraft confirmed the presence of water ice at its landing site.
2018 – Harvey Weinstein was charged in New York with rape and another sex felony in the first prosecution to result from the wave of allegations against him; the once-powerful movie producer turned himself in to face the charges and was released on $1 million bail after a court appearance. (Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault; he is serving a 23-year prison sentence.)
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border. NFL owners voted to hold the 2014 Super Bowl at Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls and her professional dance partner, Derek Hough, won the 10th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Five years ago: On Memorial Day, President Barack Obama saluted Americans who had died in battle, telling listeners at Arlington National Cemetery the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter.
One year ago: President Donald Trump opened a state visit to Japan by needling the American ally over its trade imbalance with the United States. The Toronto Raptors reached the NBA finals for the first time in the team’s history after beating the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The raucous social satire “Parasite,” a South Korean film about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family, won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival. Danish-born socialite Claus von Bulow, who was convicted but later acquitted of trying to kill his wealthy wife in two closely-watched trials, died in London; he was 92.
BORN ON THIS DAY
Actress Ann Robinson
Former White House news secretary Ron Nessen
Country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall
Actor Sir Ian McKellen
Country singer Jessi Colter
Actress-singer Leslie Uggams
Movie director and Muppeteer Frank Oz
Actress Jacki Weaver
Rock singer Klaus Meine (The Scorpions)
Actress Patti D’Arbanville
Playwright Eve Ensler
Musician Cindy Cashdollar
Actress Connie Sellecca
Rock singer-musician Paul Weller
Actor-comedian Mike Myers
Actor Matt Borlenghi
Actor Joseph Reitman
Rock musician Glen Drover
Actress Anne Heche
Actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (TV: “Little House on the Prairie”)
Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy
Actress Octavia Spencer
Actor Justin Henry
Rapper Daz Dillinger
Actress Molly Sims
Actress Erinn Hayes
Actor Cillian Murphy
Actor Ethan Suplee
Rock musician Todd Whitener
Actress-singer Lauren Frost
Actress Ebonee (cq) Noel
Musician Guy Lawrence (Disclosure)
Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman is 26.
Source: The Associated Press