585BC May 25, Thales made the first known
prediction of a solar eclipse. A historically registered eclipse
occurred during the savage war between the Lydians and the Medians.
The event caused both sides to stop military action and sign for
peace. The date of the eclipse coincides with the date in Oppolzer’s
tables published in 1887.
(SCTS, p.27)(HN, 5/25/98)
615 May 25, Boniface IV, Pope
709 May 25, Aldhelmus (~69) of
Ealdhelm, England, abbot, bishop, poet, saint, died.
946 May 25, Edmund the Older,
king of Wessex, England, (939-46), died.
1085 May 25, Alfonso VI,
Spanish Christian ruler, took Toledo, Spain, from the Moslems.
(ATC, p.100)(HN, 5/25/99)
1085 May 25, Gregory VII
[Ildebrando], Pope (1073-85), died.
1125 May 25, Hendrik V, last
Salische German king, died.
1241 May 25, 1st attack on
Jewish community of Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany.
1261 May 25, Alexander IV
[Rinaldo dei conti di Segni], Pope (1254-61), died.
1494 May 25, Jacopo Pontormo
(d.1557), Italian painter (Sepulture of Christ), was born. He
represented what Vasari called the terza maniera, the third or
modern manner of painting.
(WUD, 1994, p.1118)(WSJ, 10/29/96, p.A21)(SC,
1510 May 25, Georges d'Amboise
(49), French cardinal, viceroy in North Italy, died.
1522 May 25, Emperor Karel I
returned to Spain.
1550 May 25, Camillus de
Lellis, Italian soldier, monastery founder, saint, was born.
1632 May 25, Albrecht von
Wallenstein recaptured Prague on Saksen.
1659 May 25, Richard Cromwell
resigned as English Lord Protector.
1661 May 25, King Charles II
married Portuguese princess Catherina the Bragança. India’s city of
Mumbai, formed from seven islands, was given by Portugal to Charels
II of England as dowry for his marriage to Catherine of Braganza.
(SC, 5/25/02)(Econ, 12/22/12, p.119)
1681 May 25, Caldéron de la
Barca (b.1600), Spanish dramatist & poet, died.
(WUD, 1994 p.210)(SC, 5/25/02)
1688 May 25, Christian August
Jacobi, composer, was born.
1713 May 25, John Stuart 3rd
earl of Bute, English premier (1760-63), was born.
1720 May 25, "Le Grand St.
Antoine" reached Marseille, plague killed 80,000.
1721 May 25, John Copson became
America's 1st insurance agent.
1726 May 25, Giuseppi Paolucci,
composer, was born.
1729 May 25, Jean de Neufville,
Dutch-US merchant (started 4th English war), was born.
1765 May 25, The Gambia was
made a part of the British colony of SeneGambia with its
headquarters at St. Louis.
1765 May 25, Pierre-Joseph Le
Blan (53), composer, died.
1767 May 25, Ferdinand Franzl,
composer, was born.
1767 May 25, Friedrich Johann
Eck, composer, was born.
1779 May 25, Henry M. Baron de
Kock, Dutch officer, politician, was born.
1781 May 25, Ferdinand,
archduke of Austria-Este, Governor-General (Sicily), was born.
1784 May 25, Jews were expelled
from Warsaw by Marshall Mniszek.
1787 May 25, The Constitutional
Convention convened in Philadelphia after enough delegates showed up
for a quorum. The Founding Fathers turned to the Rushworth's
Collections of England for revolutionary precedents. George
Washington presided. [see May 25, 1777] Rhode Island refused to send
(AP, 5/25/97)(WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A22)(HN,
5/25/99)(Econ, 9/16/06, p.44)
1793 May 25, Father Stephen
Theodore Badin became the 1st US Roman Catholic priest ordained.
1803 May 25, Ralph Waldo
Emerson (d.1882), American essayist and philosopher, was born. A
biography of Emerson that includes information about his friends was
written in 1996 by Carlos Baker and titled: “Emerson Among the
Eccentrics: A Group Portrait." It includes such people as: the
transcendental visionary Bronson Alcott, essayist Henry David
Thoreau, mad poet Jones Very, activist Margaret Fuller, poet Ellery
Channing. Other people included are Hawthorne, Melville, Theodore
Parker, and the family of Henry James. "Money often costs too much."
(AP, 10/22/97)(HN, 5/25/98)
1810 May 25, Argentina declared
independence and began its revolt from Napoleonic Spain.
(AP, 5/25/97)(HN, 5/25/98)
1818 May 25, Jacob Christoph
Burckhardt (d.1897), Swiss cultural historian, was born. “The people
no longer believe in principles, but will probably periodically
believe in saviors." “Neither in the life of the individual nor in
that of mankind is it desirable to know the future."
(AP, 5/6/98)(AP, 6/11/98)(SC, 5/25/02)
1821 May 25, Diederich Krug,
composer, was born.
1821 May 25, Klemens von
Metternich (1773-1858) became chancellor of Austria.
1825 May 25, American Unitarian
Association was founded.
1826 May 25, Christian
Friedrich Ruppe (72), composer, died.
1830 May 25, Jules de Geyter,
Belgian poet (International), was born.
1839 May 25, John Eliot,
English meteorologist, was born.
1844 May 25, The first
telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore,
appeared in the Baltimore "Patriot."
1847 May 25, Alphonse
Goovaerts, composer, was born.
1847 May 25, John Alexander
Dowie [Elijah the Restorer], US evangelist, was born.
1849 May 25, Andreas Michiels
(52), Dutch Military Governor of West Sumatra, died in battle.
1851 May 25, Jose Justo de
Urquiza of Argentina led a rebellion against his former ally, the
absolute ruler Juan Manuel de Rosas.
1852 May 25, Louis Franchet
d'Espèrey [Desperate Frankey], French marshal (WWI), was born.
1861 May 25, John Merryman was
arrested under suspension of writ of habeas corpus. This later
sparked a supreme court decision protecting the writ.
1862 May 25, Battle of
1862 May 25, Johann N. Nestroy
(60) Austrian actor (Einmal Keine Sorgen Haben), died.
1863 May 25, Federal
authorities in Tennessee turned over former Ohio congressman Clement
L. Vallandigham to the Confederates. President Abraham Lincoln had
changed his sentence to banishment from the United States after his
conviction of expressing alleged pro-Confederate sentiments.
1864 May 25, Battle of New Hope
Church, Ga. Joseph E. Johnston tried to halt Sherman’s advance on
Atlanta at the Hell Hole.
(SC, 5/25/02)(AM, 11/04, p.28)
1865 May 25, Frederick Augustus
III, King of Saxon (1904-18), was born.
1865 May 25, John Raleigh Mott,
organizer (YMCA, Nobel 1946), was born.
1865 May 25, Pieter Zeeman,
Dutch physicist (Zeeman effect, Nobel 1902), was born.
1870 May 25, Irish Fenians
raided Eccles Hill, Quebec.
1877 May 25, Billy Murray,
singer, was born.
1878 May 25, Bill "Bojangles"
Robinson was born and began his dancing career in childhood. The
young song-and-dance man learned his trade in beer gardens,
traveling companies and later on the vaudeville circuit. Robinson
performed only within the black community until he was 50 years old,
when his unique style of tap-dancing, including his signature "stair
dance," crossed over to white audiences. Robinson, who continued to
perform into his late sixties, made 14 Hollywood motion pictures,
playing both stereotypical black roles and a handful of leads. He
died of a chronic heart condition in 1949.
(WSJ, 5/19/98, p.A20)(HNPD, 5/26/99)
1878 May 25, Gilbert &
Sullivan’s opera "HMS Pinafore" premiered in London.
1879 May 25, W. Maxwell Aitken,
Lord Beaverbrook, Canada-English banker, was born.
1882 May 25, Harry Fox,
entertainer, was born.
1886 May 25, Philip Murray,
founder of Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), was born.
1887 May 25, Gas lamp at Paris
Opera caught fire and 200 died.
1888 May 25, Miles Malleson,
writer, actor (Phantom of Opera, Postman's Knock), was born.
1889 May 25, Gilardo Gilardi,
composer, was born.
1889 May 25, Sverre Jordan,
composer, was born.
1889 May 25, Igor Sikorsky,
aviation engineer, was born in Russia. He moved to America in 1919
and developed the first successful helicopter.
(HN, 5/25/99)(ON, 3/06, p.5)
1891 May 25, Robert W.P.
Peereboom, Dutch editor in chief (Haarlem Newspaper), was born.
1894 May 25, Dirk Vansina,
Flemish playwright (Verschaeve Gives Evidence), was born.
1895 May 25, Playwright Oscar
Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced
to two years in prison.
1895 May 25, Ahmed Djevdet
Pasja (73), Turkish minister of Justice, died.
1896 May 25, Jan N. Bakhuizen
van den Brink, theologist, church historian, was born.
1898 May 25, Bennett Cerf,
publisher, founder of Random House, was born.
1898 May 25, Gustav Regler,
writer, was born.
1898 May 25, Mischa Levitzki,
composer, was born.
1898 May 25, Gene Tunney,
heavyweight boxing champion (1926-1930), was born.
(HN, 5/25/98)(SC, 5/25/02)
1898 May 25, 1st US troop
transport to Manila left San Francisco.
1899 May 25, Marie-Rosalie
"Rosa" Bonheur (68), French painter, died.
1900 May 25, President William
McKinley signed the Lacey Act, 16 U.S.C. § 3371–3378, to defend
fauna from poachers. It banned the illegal commercial transportation
of wildlife. The conservation law was introduced by Iowa Rep. John
F. Lacey. It has been amended several times. The most significant
times were in 1969, 1981, and in 1989.
1901 May 25, Milenko Zivkovic,
composer, was born.
1902 May 25, Helvi Lemmikke
Leiviska, composer, was born.
1904 May 25, Kurt George Hugo
Thomas, composer, was born.
1905 May 25, Binnie Barnes,
London, actress (Adventures of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim), was born.
1905 May 25, Joseph C. Harsch,
newscaster (Background), was born in Toledo, OH.
1907 May 25, U Nu, premier
Burma (1948-58, 1960-62), was born.
1908 May 25, David Lean,
British director (Lawrence of Arabia), was born.
1908 May 25, Theodore Roethke
(d.1963), American poet, was born in Saginaw, Mich.
(AP, 5/25/08)(MT, Summer 01, p.3)
1908 May 25, Argentina’s opera
house Teatro Colon, modeled after Milan’s La Scala opened in Buenos
Aires. In 2006 it closed for refurbishment. A 2008 finish date was
missed and officials hoped to have it reopen in 2010.
(Econ, 7/12/08, p.48)
1910 May 25, Ernest Anderson,
publicist, was born.
1911 May 25, Porfirio Diaz,
President of Mexico, resigned his office under pressure from the
(HN, 5/25/98)(SC, 5/25/02)
1912 May 25, Eddie Maxwell,
singer (Yes We Have No Bananas), was born.
1913 May 25, Joseph Peter
Grace, businessman, was born.
1914 May 25, Paolo Giorza (81),
1914 May 25, British House of
Commons passed Irish Home Rule.
1915 May 25, Daniel Wolf,
journalist, was born.
1915 May 25, 2nd Battle of
Ypres ended with 105,000 casualties.
1916 May 25, Virginia Ginny
Simms, actress, singer (Kay Kyser Band), was born.
1917 May 25, Steve Cochran,
actor (Mozambique, Gay Senotiys, Dallas), was born in Eureka, CA.
1917 May 25, Jimmy Hamilton,
saxophonist, was born.
1917 May 25, Theodore Hesburgh,
ex-president of Notre Dame, was born.
1917 May 25, Leon Felix
Augustin Joseph Vasseur (72), composer, died.
1918 May 25, Claude Akins
Nelson, actor (BJ & Bear, Movin' On, Lobo), was born in GA.
1919 May 25, Gino Negri,
composer, was born.
1919 May 25, Madame C.J. Walker
(b.1867 as Sarah Breedlove), black, wealthy cosmetics manufacturer,
died at age 51. In 2003 Beverly Lowry authored "Her Dream of Dreams:
The Rise and Triumph of Madame C.J. Walker."
(WSJ, 4/22/03, D7)(SSFC, 10/24/04, Par p.4)
1921 May 25, Hal David,
lyricist (Promises Promises-Grammy 1969), was born.
1922 May 25, Babe Ruth was
suspended for 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire.
1923 May 25, John Weitz, spy,
author, fashion designer (Friends in High Places), was born.
1923 May 25, Britain recognized
Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader.
1924 May 25, Theodore Morse
(51), composer, died.
1925 May 25, Aldo Clementi,
composer, was born.
1925 May 25, Jeanne Crain,
actress (Man Without a Star), was born in Barstow, CA.
1925 May 25, John Scopes was
indicted for teaching Darwinian theory in school.
1926 May 25, Miles Davis,
American jazz trumpeter, was born in Alton, IL. He is considered the
prophet of the "cool" school. His albums included The Birth of Cool
and Miles Ahead.
(HN, 5/25/99)(SC, 5/25/02)
1926 May 25, Kitty Kallen,
rocker, was born.
1926 May 25, M von der Grün,
writer, was born.
1926 May 25, Symon Petlyura
(47), leader of Ukraine (pogroms), was assassinated.
1927 May 25, Robert Ludlum, spy
novelist (Bourne Identity), was born in NYC.
1927 May 25, Henry Ford stopped
production of the Model T car and began the Model A.
1928 May 25, Frigyes Hidas,
composer, was born.
1928 May 25, Mary Tuck, social
researcher, civil servant, was born.
1929 May 25, David S. Ruder,
23rd chairman of Securities & Exchange Commission, was born.
1929 May 25, Beverly Sills,
opera singer, was born in Brooklyn, NY.
(HN, 5/25/01)(SC, 5/25/02)
1931 May 25, John Gabriel,
actor (Cat Gang, Fantasies), was born in Niagara Falls, NY.
1932 May 25, Georgi
Mikhailovich Grechko, USSR cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14), was born.
1932 May 25, John Gregory Dunne
(d.2003), author, screenwriter and husband of Joan Didion, was born
in Hartford, Conn.
(HN, 5/25/01)(SFC, 1/1/04, p.A23)
1933 May 25, Roger Bowen, actor
(MASH, Main Event, What about Bob, Petulia), was born.
1934 May 25, David J. Burke,
writer, was born in Liverpool, England.
1934 May 25, Ron Nesson, press
secretary (Gerald Ford), was born.
1934 May 25, Bela Bartok's
"Enchanted Deer" premiered.
1934 May 25, Gustav Theodore
Holst (59), English composer (Ode to Death), died.
1935 May 25, Barbara Harris, US
actress (Family Plot, Plaza Suite), was born.
1935 May 25, Jesse Owens set
six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1935 May 25, Babe Ruth hit his
last three and 714th and final home run for the Boston Braves in a
game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
(AP, 5/25/97)(SC, 5/25/02)
1936 May 25, Tom T. Hall,
country singer, writer (Harper Valley PTA), was born in Olive Hill,
1936 May 25, San Francisco
journalist Winifred Sweet Bonfils (b.1863), aka Annie Laurie, died
at her home in the Marina. She was one of the most prominent "sob
sisters", a label given female reporters who wrote human interest
stories. Her first husband was Orlow Black, and her second was
publisher Charles Bonfils.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winifred_Bonfils)(SFC, 8/22/20, p.B1)
1936 May 25, Jan Levoslav Bella
(52), Slovak composer, died in Bratislava.
1937 May 25, 1st airmail letter
to circle the globe returned to New York.
1937 May 25, Henry O. Tanner,
1938 May 25, Raymond Carver,
American writer, was born.
1939 May 25, Dixie [Virginia]
Carter, actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night), was born in
1939 May 25, Ian McKellen,
actor (Keep, Plenty, Scarlet Pimpernel), was born in England.
1939 May 25, Joseph Duveen
(b.1869), Dutch-Jewish art collector, died in London. In 2004 Meryle
Secrest authored “Duveen: A Life in Art."
1940 May 25, The Golden Gate
International Expo reopened on Treasure Island.
1940 May 25, German troops
1941 May 25, Some 5,000 drowned
in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India.
1942 May 25, Bill Young,
rocker, was born.
1942 May 25, Brian "Blinky"
Davison, rocker, was born.
1942 May 25, In San Francisco
Carmelo Zito, editor of the Italian language anti-Fascist newspaper,
testified before the Tenney committee on subversive and un-American
activities and accused Mayor Rossi of having given the Fascist
salute on many occasions at meetings in dreamland and Scottish Rite
(SSFC, 5/21/17, DB p.58)
1943 May 25, Leslie Uggams,
singer, actress (Leslie Uggams Show, Roots), was born in NYC.
1943 May 25, Wynand C. Malan,
South African lawyer, NP/DP-politician, was born.
1943 May 25, Following the
Trident conference between President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime
Minister Winston Churchill in Washington, DC, the target date of May
1, 1944, was set for the invasion of Europe. It actually occurred on
the sixth of June.
1943 May 25, There was a riot
at Mobile, Al., shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers.
1944 May 25, Frank Oz,
puppeteer (Sesame St, Muppet Show), was born in Heresford, England.
1944 May 25, Robert Michael
Payton, pizza magnate, was born.
1944 May 25, Partisan leader
Tito escaped the Germans surrounding Bosnia.
1945 May 25, Arthur C. Clark
proposed relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
1945 May 25, A B-29 mission
against Tokyo cost 26 Superfortresses, 5.6 percent of the 464
dispatched from the Marianas.
1946 May 25, Janet E[llen]
Morris, US sci-fi author (Golden Sword, Tempus), was born.
1946 May 25, Patty Smith Hill
(78), songwriter (Happy Birthday To You), died.
1946 May 25, Marcel Petiot
(b.1897), a French doctor, was beheaded for offering Jews an escape
to Argentina, then killing them and getting rid of their bodies,
many by incineration. The remains of 26 people were found in his
home, but he was suspected of killing more than 60 people. In 1980
Thomas Maeder authored “The Unspeakable Crimes of Dr. Petiot." In
2011 David King chronicled the hunt for Petiot in "Death in the City
1946 May 25, Transjordan (now
Jordan) gained independence from Britain and became a kingdom as it
proclaimed its new monarch, King Abdullah Ibn Ul-Hussein.
(AP, 5/25/97)(HN, 5/25/98)
1947 May 25, Jessi Colter
[Miriam Johnson], country singer (I'm Not Lisa), was born in
1947 May 25, Karen Valentine,
actress (Love American Style, Room 222), was born in Santa Rosa, CA.
1947 May 25, Mitch Margo,
rocker (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1948 May 25, Klaus Meine,
rocker (Scorpions-No One Like You), was born in Hanover, Germany.
1948 May 25, KPIX went on the
air as the first TV station in Northern Ca.
(SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)
1948 May 25, Jacques Feyder
(59), actor, director (kermesse héroique), died.
1948 May 25, Witold Pilecki
(b.1901), founder of the Secret Polish Army (1939), was executed in
Warsaw by Communist secret police. In 1940 he had volunteered to be
infiltrated into Auschwitz and spent 2½ years there before escaping
in 1943. He chronicled the extermination of Jews at Auschwitz and
his reports were smuggled to the Polish government-in-exile, from
which they reached the British and American leadership. In 2019 Jack
Fairweather authored “The Volunteer".
1949 May 25, Jamaica Kincaid,
author (Annie John, Lucy), was born in Antigua as Elaine P.
(HN, 5/25/01)(SC, 5/25/02)
1949 May 25, Chinese Red army
1949 May 25, Simon H. Spoor
(47), intelligence officer, general (WWII), died.
1950 May 25, Brooklyn-Battery
Tunnel opened in NYC.
1951 May 25, Clifford Archer,
bassist (Atlantic Starr-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover), was born.
1951 May 25, New York Giant
Willie Mays went 0 for 5 in his 1st major league game.
1953 May 25, Jane Priest,
Prince Charles' lover, was born in Perth, Australia.
1953 May 25, Rich Alves, singer
(Pirates of the Mississippi-Fred Jake), was born in Pleasanton, CA.
1953 May 25, 1st non-commercial
educational television station began in Houston, TX.
1953 May 25, The first atomic
cannon was fired at Frenchman Flat, Nevada.
(HN, 5/25/98)(SC, 5/25/02)
1954 May 25, Robert Capa (40),
war photographer for Life Mag., was accidentally killed in Vietnam
when he stepped on a land mine. Capa authored a memoir in 1947:
"Slightly Out of Focus." A collection of his work was published in
1997: "Robert Capa, Photographs," with an introduction by Richard
Whelan. Capa was born Endre Friedman in Budapest. In 2003 Alex
Kershaw authored "Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert
(SFEM, 1/12/97, BR p.9)(SFEM,12/21/97, p.7)(WSJ,
1955 May 25, Connie Selleca,
actress (Hotel, Captain America II), was born in Bronx, NY.
1955 May 25, Series of 19
twisters destroyed Udall, KS., and most of Blackwell, OK.
1956 May 25, Pope Pius XII
published his encyclical Haurietis aquas.
1957 May 25, "Shinbone Alley"
closed at Broadway Theater in NYC after 49 performances.
1958 May 25, Paul Weller,
guitar (Jam-This is the Modern World, Style Council), was born.
1959 May 25, US Supreme Court
ruled that Louisiana’s prohibition of black-white boxing was
1959 May 25, In San Francisco
Walter S. Johnson, president of the Palace of Fine Arts League, said
he would save the monument if nobody else would. He soon pledged $2
million to save the plaster relic that dated back to the 1915 Panama
(SSFC, 5/24/09, DB p.39)
1959 May 25, Cathryn Harrison,
actress (Old Woman in Black Moon), was born in London, England.
1959 May 25, Soviet First Sec.
Nikita Khrushchev visited Angola.
1960 May 25, Benoît van Innis,
Belgian cartoonist, painter, (New York Post), was born.
1961 May 25, President Kennedy
summoned a joint session of Congress and asked the nation to work
toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In 2011
John Logsdon authored “John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon."
(AP, 5/25/97)(Econ, 5/21/11, p.36)
1961 May 25, NASA civilian
pilot Joseph A. Walker took the X-15 to 32,770 meters.
1962 May 25, Isley Brothers
released "Twist & Shout."
1962 May 25, US performed an
atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island.
1962 May 25, US unions AFL-CIO
started campaign for a 35-hour work week.
1963 May 25, "Hot Spot" closed
at Majestic Theater in NYC after 43 performances.
1963 May 25, The Organization
of African Unity (OAU) was founded, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by
Chad, Mauritania & Zambia. Emperor Haile Selassie was among the
key African leaders who founded the Organization of African Unity.
He oversaw the maiden meeting of the continental body. In 2001 it
was replaced the African Union.
(AP, 5/25/97)(SFC, 7/12/01, p.A12)(AP, 2/10/19)
1964 May 25, In the16th Emmy
Awards the winners included the Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke
& Mary Tyler Moore.
1964 May 25, Frank Gilroy's
"Subject is Roses" premiered in NYC.
1964 May 25, Ground was broken
for a new stadium in St Louis.
1964 May 25, Supreme Court
ruled that closing schools to avoid desegregation is
1964 May 25, Vasily Andreyevich
Zolotaryov (92), composer, died.
1965 May 25, Mark Knight, rock
guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals), was born in California.
1965 May 25, Remco Prins, Dutch
rock guitarist/vocalist (Burma Shave-Stash), was born.
1965 May 25, Roef-Ragas, Dutch
actor (Missing Link, Red Rain, Juju, Mykosch), was born.
1965 May 25, Muhammad Ali KO’d
Sonny Liston in 1st round for heavyweight boxing title.
1965 May 25, Sonny Boy
Williamson [Aleck Miller], blues player, died.
1965 May 25, India and Pakistan
engaged in border fights.
1966 May 25, Peru and Argentina
soccer fans fought in Lima and 248 died.
1967 May 25, John Lennon took
delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce. He had acquired the
Phantom V on June 3, 1965.
1968 May 25, The Gateway Arch,
part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, was
dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary
1968 May 25, Charles K.
Feldman, film producer, died. His film productions included Casino
1968 May 25, George KFW von
Kuchler (b.1881), German marshal, died. Kuchler’s forces had moved
into Belgium and occupied Antwerp on 18 May 1940.
1968 May 25, In Newcastle,
England, Mary Flora Bell, one day before her 11th birthday,
strangled Martin Brown (4). She and unrelated friend Norma Bell (13)
were later tried for the murders of 2 boys Martin Brown (4) and
Brian Howe (3), committed 9 weeks apart. In 1972 Gitta Sereny
published "The Case of Mary Bell," based on her coverage of the
trial. In 1999 Gitta Sereny published "Cries Unheard: Why Children
Kill: The Story of Mary Bell," based on interviews with Mary Bell.
(SFEC, 6/6/99, BR
1969 May 25, Anne Heche,
actress, was born in Aurora, OH. Her films included “Donnie Brasco"
(1997) and “Volcano" (1997).
1969 May 25, Matt Borlenghi,
actor, was born in Los Angeles, CA. In the early 1990s played Brian
Bodine in the soap opera “All My Children."
1969 May 25, "Midnight Cowboy"
was released with an X rating. It was based on the novel by James
Leo Herlihy and became the only x-rated film to win an Oscar.
1969 May 25, The Israeli Army
made the first of four unsuccessful assaults on Arab forces in the
town of Latrun, Israel.
1969 May 25, Thor Heyerdahl
(1914-2002), Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer, departed with
his crew on the reed raft Ra for from Morocco. They abandoned their
trip 1 week shy of Barbados. Heyerdahl sailed across the Atlantic in
his Egyptian reed boat, Ra, and reported on garbage floating
everywhere in the sea. On 16 July the crew was saved by the American
yacht Shenandoah. In just 56 days they had sailed a distance of
2,700 nautical miles.
1969 May 25, Sudanese
government was overthrown in a military coup. Gaafar an-Nimeiry
(1930-2009), came to power with the support of communist and
1970 May 25, Rachel Lindsay
Greenbush and Sidney Robin Greenbush, twin actresses, were born in
Hollywood, CA. From 1974 to 1982 the identical twins played the
character of Carrie Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie under the
credit “Lindsay Sidney Greenbush."
1970 May 25, Michael B. Enyaer,
writer (Pilot One), was born.
1971 May 25, Justin Henry Rye,
actor (Kramer vs. Kramer, 16 Candles), was born in Rye, NY.
1971 May 25, Jo Etha Collier
(18), a black woman, was killed by 3 drunken white males in Drew,
1971 May 25, Mark Brunswick
(b.1902), American composer, died in London.
1971 May 25, Terence De Marney
(b.1908), English film and TV actor, died.
1971 May 25, USSR performed a
nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan, Semipalitinsk.
1972 May 25, The final US
CORONA reconnaissance satellite was launched.
1973 May 25, George Harrison
released "Give Me Love" in UK.
1973 May 25, Argentine Peronist
Hector Campora (1909-1980) was installed as president.
1974 May 25, Donald Crisp
(b.1882), English film actor and director, died in California.
1974 May 25, Pam Morrison
(b.1946), wife of Door's vocalist Jim, died of drug overdose in Los
1975 May 25, The Golden Gate
Warriors won the NBA title in a 4-game sweep over the Washington
1975 May 25, ECOWAS Treaty1 was
signed. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was
formed in Nigeria with 15 members that included: Benin, Cape Verde,
Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali,
Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Upper Volta (later
1976 May 25, US Representative
Wayne L. Hays, Democrat from Ohio, admitted to a “personal
relationship" with Elizabeth Ray, a committee staff member who
claimed she’d received her job in order to be Hays’ mistress.
1977 May 25, "Brady Bunch Hour"
last aired on ABC-TV.
1977 May 25, US performed a
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1977 May 25, Dutch social
democratic party won parliamentary election.
1978 May 25, A package bomb
injured Terry Marker, a Northwestern Univ. security guard. It was
later attributed to the Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski.
(SFEC,11/9/97, Z1 p.4)
1979 May 25, 273 people died in
America's worst domestic air disaster when an American Airlines
DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare International
Airport. The left engine was lost on takeoff. 3 of the dead were on
(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(AP, 5/25/07)
1979 May 25, Etan Patz (6), the
first missing child to appear on the side of a milk carton,
disappeared on the way to school in the Soho area of New York City.
It was the first time he was allowed to walk 2 blocks to the bus
stop alone. The case led to the 1983 creation of National Missing
Children's Day, marked on May 25. In 2013 Pedro Hernandez of New
Jersey faced murder charges for killing Patz. On May 8, 2015, a
judge declared a mistrial after a jury failed to convict Hernandez.
On Feb 14, 2017, a NYC jury convicted Hernandez (56) of murder.
(AFP, 4/20/12)(Econ, 4/28/12, p.36)(SFC, 5/9/15,
p.A6)(SFC, 2/15/17, p.A8)
1979 May 25, Israel began to
return Sinai to Egypt. Under the new peace treaty, Israel returned
the captured Sinai to Egypt. In return, Egypt agreed to leave the
1980 May 25, "Musical Chairs"
closed at Rialto Theater in NYC after 15 performances.
1981 May 25, Daredevil Daniel
Goodwin, wearing a “Spiderman" costume, scaled the outside of
Chicago’s Sears Tower in seven and a-half hours.
1981 May 25, Roy James Brown
(b.1925), RB singer, died of a heart attack. His hits included “Good
Rockin' Tonight" (1947).
1981 May 25, Rosa Ponselle
(b.1897), Metropolitan Opera diva, died in Maryland.
1981 May 25, Sheik Zayed bin
Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004), United Arab Emirates President, urged
in 5 other Arab monarchies (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi
Arabia) to form the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The unified
economic agreement between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation
Council was signed on 11 November 1981 in Riyadh.
1982 May 25, Larry J. Blake
(b.1914), character actor (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), died.
1982 May 24- 1982 May 25,
Iranian troops reconquered Khorramshahr.
1983 May 25, "Return of the
Jedi" (Star Wars 3) was released.
1983 May 25, The 1st National
Missing Children's Day was observed under a proclamation by Pres.
Reagan. This marked the May 25, 1979, date when Etan Patz (6)
disappeared while walking to the bus stop on his way to school in
1983 May 25, France performed a
nuclear test at Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific.
1983 May 25, Sydney Box
(b.1907), British academy award producer, died.
1985 May 25, A cyclone ravaged
the Meghna River delta of Bangladesh. Some 10,000 people and 500,000
head of cattle died; hundreds of thousands were left homeless.
1985 May 25, Robert Nathan
(b.1894), US writer, poet (Portrait of Jennie), died.
1986 May 25, An estimated 7
million Americans participated in "Hands Across America," forming a
line across the country to raise money for the nation's hungry and
homeless. The campaign was organized by Martin & Glantz, a
social issues and media strategies firm. Angenette Martin, a
founding partner, died in 1997 at 50.
(AP, 5/25/97)(SFC, 9/2/97, p.A18)
1986 May 25, Some 600 people
died when the ferry Shamia went down in the River Meghna in southern
Barisal district, Bangladesh.
1986 May 25, In Canada
Punjab Minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu was attacked near Gold River on
Vancouver Island when he was on a private trip to attend his
nephew's wedding. Though Sidhu survived, he was assassinated five
years later in Moga, Punjab. Jaspal Atwal was one of four men later
convicted of attempting to kill Sidhu. He was also charged, but not
convicted, in connection with a 1985 attack on Ujjal Dosanjh, a
staunch opponent of the Sikh separatist movement's push for an
independent state of Khalistan, who later became Premier of British
1986 May 25, Virgilio Barco
(1921-1997) was elected President of Colombia. He served from 1986
1986 May 25, Chester Bowles
(b.1901), US senator, ambassador, died in Connecticut. Bowles was
elected to the governorship of Connecticut in 1948 and served one
term, during which time he signed into law an end to segregation in
the state national guard.
1987 May 25, A jury in New York
acquitted former Labor Secretary Raymond J. Donovan and seven other
construction executives of fraud and grand larceny.
1988 May 25, President Reagan
left for a trip to the Soviet Union and a superpower summit with
Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
1989 May 25, Weird Al Yankovic
recorded "She Drives Like Crazy."
1989 May 25, Eastern Airlines
graduated its 1st class of non-union pilots.
1989 May 25, The Calgary Flames
won their first Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens in
game six of their championship series.
1989 May 25, Mikhail Gorbachev
was elected Executive President in the Soviet Union.
1990 May 25, A congressional
report cast doubts on the US Navy’s official finding that a troubled
sailor probably had caused the blast that killed 47 servicemen
aboard the battleship USS “Iowa."
1990 May 25, Vic Tayback (60),
actor (Mel-Alice), died of a heart attack.
1991 May 25, "People Are Still
Having Sex" by LaTour hit #35.
1991 May 25, Foreigners fled
the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa as rebels closed in on the
1991 May 25, Israel completed
“Operation Solomon," which had evacuated 15,000 Ethiopian Jews to
their promised land.
1992 May 25, The NBC “Jay Leno
Show" began following the end of the “Tonight Show" with Johnny
Carson. It was initially produced by Helen Kushnick (1945-1996).
(SFC, 8/29/96, p.C3)(AP, 5/25/98)
1992 May 25, A 7.0 earthquake
on the Caribbean Plate hit Cuba.
1992 May 25, Philip Habib (72),
career US diplomat, died in Puligny-Montrachet, France.
1992 May 25, Oscar Luigi
Scalfaro was elected President of Italy.
1992 May 25, Johan B.W. Polak
(63) publisher, publicist (Bloom of Décadence), died.
1992 May 25, Nancy Walker (71),
actress (Ida Morgenstein-Rhoda), died of cancer.
1992 May 25, Viktor Grishin
(78), hardline soviet communist, died.
1992 May 25-Aug 30, Dragoljub
Prcac, a Bosnian Serb, served as the deputy commander of the Omarska
prison camp in Bosnia. He was arrested by NATO peacekeepers for war
crimes in 2000. In 2001 Prcac and 3 others received sentences of
5-20 years. Zoran Zigic was sentenced to 25 years for his acts of
(SFC, 3/6/00, p.A12)(SFC, 11/3/01, p.C2)
1993 May 25, The US White House
announced it was putting five fired employees of its travel office
on paid leave during an investigation of accusations of financial
1993 May 25, Dan Seymour (78),
actor (Bombs over Burma, Intrigue, Watusi), died.
1993 May 25, Louise Tazewell
(93), entertainer, died.
1993 May 25, In Guatemala
President Jorge Serrano Elias engineered a “self-coup." He moved to
live in Panama and faced extradition attempts. After the failed coup
the Congress designated Ramiro de Leon Carpio as president and
Arturo Herbruger as vice president to serve to Jan 1996.
(SFC, 7/24/97, p.A11)(SFC, 10/26/99, p.B4)
1993 May 25, In the Philippines
Rogelio Roxas, a coin-collector and treasure hunter, died from
apparent poisoning as he prepared to leave for a court appearance in
Hawaii. In 1996 a Hawaiian court awarded the Golden Buddha Corp., a
consortium established by Roxas, $22 billion in damages to be
collected from the Marcos estate for the stolen Yamashita treasure.
1993 May 25, The International
Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was established
by Resolution 827 of the UN Security Council. Judges were elected on
15 September 1993 and on 15 August 1994 the Prosecutor was
1994 May 25, The UN Security
Council lifted a 10-year-old ban on weapons exports from South
Africa, scrapping the last of its apartheid-era embargoes.
1994 May 25, Eric Gale (55),
1994 May 25, Palau became an
1995 May 25, NATO warplanes
struck Bosnian Serb headquarters. Serbs answered with swift
defiance, storming UN weapons depots, attacking safe areas and
taking peacekeepers as hostages.
1995 May 25, Dany Robin (68),
French actress (Follow the Boys, Topaz, Julietta), died in a fire in
her Paris apartment.
1995 May 25, Dick Curless
(b.1932), singer, songwriter, died.
1996 May 25 President Clinton,
honoring the men and women who died in military service, used his
weekly radio address to defend America's global military role,
saying it "is making our people safer and the world more secure."
1996 May 25, In the US Pastors
for Peace called off a hunger strike after reaching a deal with the
Treasury Dept over 395 impounded old computers that were destined
for medical clinics in Cuba. The computers were given over to the
General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church.
The board agreed not to ship the computers without a license, and
that if no license could be issued to donate the computers for
charitable purposes in the US.
(SFC, 5/26/96, p.A-10)
1996 May 25, Laurence Marks
(67), journalist, died.
1996 May 25, Peter F. Ostwald,
psychiatry professor and writer, died. He published a biography of
Robert Schumann: “Schumann: The Inner Voices of a Musical Genius"
(1993), he translated Schumann’s diaries (1993), and wrote: “Vaslav
Nijinsky: A Leap into Madness" (1991).
(SFC, 5/30/96, p.A16)
1996 May 25, Bernard Charles
Sendall (83), deputy director general of Britain’s Independent
Television Authority (ITA), died.
1996 May 25, In Bulgaria King
Simeon returned to his homeland. He may run for president but must
get waived constitutional requirement that candidates must have been
residents for the previous 5 years. He was forced into exile by the
communist rulers at age 9.
(SFC, 5/26/96, p.C-11)
1996 May 25, In China 2 mining
disasters killed nearly 80 people. In Hunan province a coal
explosion killed 46 with 38 missing. In Gansu province flooding in a
lead and zinc mine killed 33.
(SFC, 5/26/96, p.A-2)
1996 May 25, Renzo De Felice
(67), scholar and historian of Italy’s Fascist period, died in Rome.
(SFC, 5/28/96, p.A15)
1996 May 25, Drought has hit
Russia’s southern Stavropol region since March and forced farmers to
halt planting of crops.
(SFC, 5/25/96, p.A5)
1996 May 25, In Indonesia’s
southern Sumatran province of Lampung, villagers were being harassed
by herds of marauding elephants. The elephants had been driven from
their usual habitats by deforestation. Two people were trampled and
villagers in the Perwakilan Suwoh subdistrict have been attacked.
(SFC, 5/25/96, p.A5)
1997 May 25, Sen. Strom
Thurmond, R-S.C., became the longest-serving senator in U.S.
history, marking 41 years and 10 months of service.
1997 May 25, In the first round
of parliamentary elections, French voters gave the leftist
opposition the biggest share of votes in a surprising setback for
President Jacques Chirac's conservatives. The Socialist Party and
allies claimed 42.8% of the popular vote in elections.
(SFC, 5/26/97, p.A10)(AP, 5/25/98)
1997 May 25, Muhammad Fadhel,
PM of Iraq (1953-54), died.
1997 May 25, The Palestinian
Center for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment issued
a report that claimed the government lost $326 million to corruption
and mismanagement last year.
(SFEC, 5/26/97, p.A8)
1997 May 25, Poland adopted a
new constitution to replace the 1952 communist-era charter. It was
committed a market economy, private ownership, personal freedoms and
civilian control of the military.
(SFEC, 5/26/97, p.A10)
1997 May 25, In Sierra Leone
rebellious soldiers seized power. Pres. Ahmed Tejan Kabbah fled to
Guinea. Exiled rebel leader Foday Sankoh, leader of the
Revolutionary Unite Front and held in a Nigerian jail, was invited
by Major Johnny Paul Koroma to join a new government. Some 15 people
were killed and 40 injured in the coup.
(SFEC, 5/26/97, p.A8)(SFC, 5/27/97, p.A12)
1998 May 25, It was reported
that the Aramaic language, spoken by some 500-800 thousand people in
the Middle East, was expected to die out within 2-3 decades. Parts
of the Bible’s books of Ezra and Daniel were written in Aramaic.
(SFC, 5/26/98, p.A6)
1998 May 25, Leaders in the
former Soviet republic of Georgia and its breakaway province of
Abkhazia agreed to a cease-fire after a week of fighting. Fighting
between Abkhaz forces and Georgian irregulars raged inside a Russian
patrolled buffer zone despite an agreed 1993 cease-fire. Georgia
later claimed that 100 people died and that 38,000 Georgians were
driven from their homes.
(SFC, 5/26/98, p.A8)(WSJ, 5/26/98, p.A1)(WSJ,
5/28/98, p.A1)(AP, 5/25/99)
1998 May 25, In Colombia it was
reported that guerrilla movements were in control of 50% of the
country. The FARC troops were estimated at 15,000 and the ELN troops
(SFC, 5/25/98, p.A12)
1998 May 25, In Egypt the
conclusion of a decade long, $2.5 million restoration project on the
Sphinx was celebrated.
(SFC, 5/26/98, p.A8)
1998 May 25, In Indonesia the
government released 2 prominent Suharto critics, cancelled some
public works projects that benefited Suharto kin, and named army
troops as suspects in the May 12 shooting of 6 students. Indonesia's
new president, B.J. Habibie, promised to hold elections.
(SFC, 5/26/98, p.A6)(AP, 5/25/99)
1998 May 25, In Lebanon
opposition groups made gains in the first elections in 35 years. The
first stage of the poll was in the Mount Lebanon governate.
(SFC, 5/26/98, p.A8)
1998 May 25, In Sierra Leone
Borboh Jeff Kamara (14) was walking to school with classmates when
rebels grabbed him, held him down and cut off his fingers, leaving
only his thumbs.
1999 May 25, The US government
released a bipartisan congressional report that said China stole
design secrets for nuclear warheads that included every weapon in
the current US nuclear arsenal. The systematic espionage campaign
was dated back to the 1970s. Stolen technology included data on an
Army antitank weapon, fighter airplanes and all the elements needed
to launch a major nuclear attack. President Clinton responded that
his administration was already "moving aggressively to tighten
(SFC, 5/25/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/25/99, p.a1)(AP,
1999 May 25, Independent
Counsel Kenneth Starr decided against re-prosecuting Whitewater
figure Susan McDougal and Julie Hiatt Steele, a witness in the
Monica Lewinsky investigation, after both their trials ended with
1999 May 25, NATO approved
plans for 50,000 ground soldiers to move into Kosovo.
(SFC, 5/26/99, p.A10)
1999 May 25, As many as 150,000
Kosovo refugees were reportedly bound for Macedonia.
(SFC, 5/26/99, p.A10)
1999 May 25, Eritrea said that
it had foiled a series of Ethiopian assaults over 4 days at Badme
and that 380 Ethiopian soldiers were killed.
(SFC, 5/26/99, p.A12)(SFC, 5/26/99, p.A13)
1999 May 25, India launched air
strikes in the disputed mountains of the Kargil and Drass regions of
Kashmir against suspected Pakistani infiltrators. Gen Musharraf was
later identified as the architect of Pakistan’s (July) Kargil
(SFC, 5/26/99, p.C2)(SFC, 5/27/99, p.A13)(SSFC,
1999 May 25, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin named Mikhail Zadornov as the first deputy prime minister in
charge of economy and finance, as opposed to Alexander Zhukov, the
choice of Prime Minister Stepashin.
(SFC, 5/26/99, p.A10)
2000 May 25, The US government
proposed a rating system telling consumers how prone vehicles are to
2000 May 25, Iranian state
radio announced that former President Hashemi Rafsanjani had
resigned from the incoming parliament, depriving hard-liners of a
leading figure in the power struggle between conservatives and
2000 May 25, In Russia Pres.
Putin unveiled a new plan to revive the economy that included a flat
13% income tax.
(SFC, 5/26/00, p.A15)
2000 May 25, In Venezuela the
high court postponed general elections due to technical problems.
(SFC, 5/26/00, p.A14)
2000 May 25, Yugoslavia ordered
all universities to close a week early for the spring semester in
fear of a student uprising against the government crackdown on
(SFC, 5/26/00, p.A17)
2001 May 25, A federal appeals
court lifted an injunction on publication of "The Wind Done Gone,"
Alice Randall's satirical retelling of "Gone With The Wind" from a
2001 May 25, US Sec. of State
Colin Powell spoke to students at the Univ. of Witwatersrand and
called on Pres. Mugabe of Zimbabwe to submit to free elections next
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.B12)
2001 May 25, It was reported
that the US economy grew a revised 1.3% from Jan. to March. The DJIA
dropped 117 to 11,005. Nasdaq dropped 31 to 2,251.
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.E1)
2001 May 25, PG&E filed for
permission to award $17.5 million in additional payouts to the
management team that guided the company to bankruptcy.
(SFC, 5/30/01, p.A1)
2001 May 25, In Colombia 2
bombs exploded in front of Bogota’s National Univ. and 4 people were
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.A9)
2001 May 25, In Georgia some
400 National Guard mutinied over improved living conditions at a
base 25 miles northeast of Tbilisi.
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.A10)
2001 May 25, In Macedonia
government troops began a ground assault against rebels and some
3,000 civilians fled the area.
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.B12)
2001 May 25, Three Palestinian
suicide bombers attacked in Hadera and Gaza but only killed
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.A8)
2001 May 25, In Serbia police
linked former Pres. Slobodan Milosevic to a 1999 coverup of Kosovo
atrocities that included the dumping of bodies in the Danube.
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.A8)
2001 May 25, In Sierra Leone
the Revolutionary United Front surrendered 581 boys and 10 girls
(6-11) to the UN.
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.A10)
2002 May 25, President Bush,
during a visit to St. Petersburg, joined Russian President Vladimir
Putin in pressuring Pakistan's president to curb cross-border
violence in Kashmir and ease tensions with neighboring India.
(SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A12)(AP, 5/25/03)
2002 May 25, In Colombia
presidential elections were held. Alvaro Uribe received 53% of the
vote, over 20 more than rival Horacio Serpa.
(SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/27/02, p.A1)
2002 May 25, There was a melee
at the Eminem concert in DC and over 2 dozen were injured in the
mosh pit and one person suffered a heart attack. His 3rd album was
released early due to Internet bootlegging.
(SFC, 5/28/02, p.D1,6)
2002 May 25, In India at least
60 people, on their way to a wedding, were electrocuted when their
bus hit a high-voltage power wire in Uttar Pradesh state.
(SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A14)
2002 May 25, Israeli troops
seized Bethlehem and surrounded the house of Muhammed Shehade, a
leader of the Islamic Jihad. A Palestinian woman and her daughter
(13) were killed by Israeli fire on a farm in the Gaza Strip.
(SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A13)
2002 May 25, In Tenga,
Mozambique, a passenger and freight train collided and 195 people
(SSFC, 5/26/2, p.A14)(SFC, 5/27/02, p.A7)(AP,
2002 May 25, Pakistan tested a
medium-range Ghauri missile. Mortar fire was traded with India on
the Kashmir border and 3 suspected Islamic militants were killed
along with 2 Indian soldiers.
(SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A12)
2002 May 25, A Taiwanese China
Airlines Boeing 747 airliner bound for Hong Kong crashed into the
sea and 225 people were killed.
(SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A12)(SFC, 5/27/02, p.A7)(AP,
2003 May 25, Gil de Ferran won
the Indianapolis 500.
2003 May 25, In Miami an
explosion on the cruise ship SS Norway, formerly the SS France,
killed 4 boiler-room crew members.
(SFC, 5/26/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/27/03, p.A1)
2003 May 25, A Boeing 727
chartered by an Angolan company vanished on a flight to either
Burkina Faso, South Africa, Libya or Nigeria.
2003 May 25, Nestor Kirchner
took office as Argentina's sixth president in 18 months.
2003 May 25, Armenians went to
the polls to select a parliament.
2003 May 25, Canada health
officials reported that SARS had killed three more people in
2003 May 25, In the film
festival at Cannes, France, "Elephant" by Gus Van Sant won the Palme
d'Or. It was loosely based on the Columbine school shooting. The
Turkish film "Uzak" won the 2nd place Grand Prize. "At Five in the
Afternoon" by Samira Makhmalbaf of Iran won the jury prize.
(SFC, 5/26/03, p.D2)
2003 May 25, In France at least
300,000 workers marched through the streets of Paris to protest
government plans to reform the pension system.
2003 May 25, Israel's Cabinet
approved a US-backed Middle East peace plan, recognizing for the
first time the Palestinians' right to establish an independent state
in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
2003 May 25, In Moldova the
Communist Party consolidated its hold on power in this former Soviet
republic, winning over 47 percent of contested posts for mayor and
other municipal offices. The Communists, who came to power in 2001,
were led by Pres. Vladimir Voronin.
2003 May 25, In the Philippines
a passenger ferry collided with a larger boat and sank at the mouth
of Manila Bay. At least 23 people were killed and 198 were rescued.
2003 May 25, In Spain PM Jose
Maria Aznar's party held its ground in city and regional elections.
2004 May 25, Phish, a popular
jam band, announced that they would be breaking up following a final
summer tour. Trey Anastasio, band leader, made the announcement on
(SFC, 5/27/04, p.AE3)
2004 May 25, Catholic church
officials said the Archdiocese of Boston would close 65 of 357
parishes due to declining attendance and increased financial
(SFC, 5/26/04, p.A5)(AP, 5/25/05)
2004 May 25, David Dellinger,
peace activist and one of the 1968 “Chicago Seven" defendants, died
(SFC, 5/27/04, p.B7)
2004 May 25, Publisher Roger W.
Straus Jr. died in New York at age 87.
2004 May 25, U.S. warplanes
helped Afghan forces pound Taliban militants in the mountains of
southern Afghanistan, killing some 20 suspected insurgents at a
recently discovered camp.
2004 May 25, In Ethiopia heads
of state and government from at least 8 African countries attended a
ceremony to inaugurate the new Peace and Security council (PSC) at
the African Union's headquarters in Addis Ababa.
2004 May 25, A sacred shrines
in Najaf suffered minor damage during clashes between U.S. forces
and radical Shiite militiamen that killed at least 13 Iraqis, some
of them civilians.
2004 May 25, In Iraq with U.S.
Marines gone and central government authority virtually nonexistent,
Fallujah resembles an Islamic mini-state and anyone caught selling
alcohol is flogged and paraded in the city.
2004 May 25, Israeli troops
abruptly left the Rafah refugee camp without completing a sweep for
arms smuggling tunnels. The weeklong offensive left 45 Palestinians
killed by Israeli fire, including at least 17 gunmen and 12 children
2004 May 25, Officials in
southern Pakistan reported that 9 people have died and 1,600 have
been sickened after drinking contaminated water from a
2004 May 25, In Pakistan a
powerful gas explosion in a coal mine killed 15 miners near Sajibit,
the capital of Baluchistan province.
2004 May 25, Sudanese officials
said the government has reached an agreement with rebels on issues
that have stalled talks to end the 21-year-old war, clearing the way
for a comprehensive peace deal. The talks in Naivasha, 60 miles west
of Nairobi, do not involve insurgents fighting a 15-month rebellion
in the Darfur region of western Sudan.
2005 May 25, Pres. Bush met
with Indonesian Pres. Yudhoyono. The US decided to lift a ban on the
government sale of non-lethal defense equipment to Indonesia as part
of a step-by-step process to restore full military ties frozen due
to human rights abuses.
2005 May 25, The US Senate
confirmed Texas Supreme Court Judge Priscilla Owen to serve on the
US Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
(SFC, 5/26/05, p.A3)
2005 May 25, In Michigan City,
Ind., Gregory Scott Johnson (40) died by injection at 12:28 a.m. for
beating and stomping an 82-year-old woman to death in 1985, then
setting her house on fire to hide the crime. Gov. Mitch Daniels
rejected a request for a reprieve to allow Johnson to donate part of
his liver to his ailing sister.
(AP, 5/25/05)(SFC, 5/25/05, p.A3)
2005 May 25, Country sweetheart
Carrie Underwood won the latest edition of "American Idol."
2005 May 25, Ismail Merchant
(68), half of the prestigious Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team, died
2005 May 25, In Azerbaijan
officials opened the first section of a $3.6 billion, 1,100-mile
pipeline that will carry Caspian Sea oil to Western markets. The
presidents of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Turkey were on
hand for the ceremony at the Sangachal oil terminal.
(AP, 5/25/05)(WSJ, 5/25/05, p.B2)
2005 May 25, China rolled out
the red carpet for Uzbekistan's Pres. Karimov, underscoring the
importance it places on curbing the rise of Islamic militancy as it
welcomed the authoritarian leader criticized in the West for a
bloody crackdown on protesters. China signed a $600 million joint
oil venture with Uzbekistan.
(AP, 5/25/05)(WSJ, 5/26/05, p.A1)
2005 May 25, In Egypt police
and plainclothes security men beat and arrested demonstrators
calling for a boycott of a government-backed referendum on
constitutional changes that would clear the way for Egypt's first
multicandidate presidential election.
2005 May 25, A new plaza on San
Salvador's Jerusalem Avenue was inaugurated in honor of the late
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Migrants from Palestine flowed to
El Salvador for decades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
and several families became prominent in business and politics.
2005 May 25, About 1,000 US
Marines, sailors and soldiers encircled Haditha city in the troubled
2005 May 25, In India Sunil
Dutt (75), sports minister and former Bollywood icon, died after a
2005 May 25, In Italy a judge
ordered best-selling author Oriana Fallaci to face trial on charges
of defaming Islam in her recent book "The Strength of Reason."
Fallaci, who is in her 70s, said she is accused of violating an
Italian law that prohibits "outrage to religion."
2005 May 25, Japan and Malaysia
agreed to key elements of a free-trade pact, to be launched in
December, covering automobiles and most other economic sectors.
(WSJ, 5/26/05, p.A10)
2005 May 25, In Lebanon Sheik
Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, vowed to fight anyone who
tries to take away the group's weapons, which he said included more
than 12,000 rockets capable of hitting northern Israel.
2005 May 25, Riot police in
Panama City fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse people
throwing bottles and rocks during a protest by an estimated 10,000
workers and students against proposed changes in the country's
(AP, 5/26/05)(WSJ, 5/26/05, p.A1)
2005 May 25, In Russia
electricity outages crippled large sections of Moscow and nearby
regions. Power was restored the next day.
2005 May 25, A powerful car
bomb exploded in Madrid after a warning call from the armed Basque
separatist group ETA. 18 people were injured.
2005 May 25, In Suriname Pres.
Venetiaan faced an electoral challenge from former dictator, Desi
Bouterse, a convicted cocaine smuggler and military strongman, whose
victory would threaten millions of dollars in promised aid from the
2006 May 25, President Bush and
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the two politicians most
responsible for beginning a war now highly unpopular with both their
publics, acknowledged sour notes during a news conference at the
2006 May 25, In Texas a jury
found former Enron chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling guilty of
fraud and conspiracy in the collapse of the energy giant. Mr. Lay
died on July 25 and in October a judge vacated the conviction;
Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
(WSJ, 10/18/06, p.A1)(AP, 5/26/07)
2006 May 25, A major power
outage stranded thousands of rush-hour commuters between New York
and Washington, stopping trains inside sweltering tunnels and
forcing many passengers to get out and walk.
2006 May 25, In the biggest IPO
of the year, MasterCard Inc. (MA) sold shares for 46% of its equity.
The IPO at $39 closed at $46.
(AP, 5/25/06)(WSJ, 5/26/06, p.C3)(Econ, 5/27/06,
2006 May 25, Researchers
confirmed that the human AIDS virus originated in a corner of
Cameroon in wild chimpanzees. The first known human to be infected
with HIV was a man from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo
(SFC, 5/26/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 5/26/06, p.A1)
2006 May 25, PM John Howard
increased Australia’s contingent to Timor-Leste to some 1,300
troops. 500 Malaysians and troops from New Zealand and Portugal were
(Econ, 6/3/06, p.15)
2006 May 25, In Belarus the
Justice Ministry said it had asked a court to close down one of the
country's leading human rights groups, the Belarusian Helsinki
2006 May 25, The British
government unveiled a major overhaul of the state pensions system,
revealing that it will increase the retirement age and link benefits
to earnings to avert a looming funding crisis as people live longer
and have fewer children.
2006 May 25, China angrily
rejected a US Defense Department report that says Beijing is a
potential military threat, insisting that its multibillion-dollar
buildup is defensive.
2006 May 25, In East Timor
fierce gunbattles raged in Dili as international troops started
arriving in the tiny nation to help quell a rebellion by disgruntled
ex-soldiers. Soldiers fired on unarmed police killing 10 and
wounding 27. At least 10 people died in other attacks.
(AP, 5/25/06)(SFC, 5/26/06, p.A15)(Econ, 6/3/06,
2006 May 25, About 300
pro-reform judges staged a sit-in outside a downtown Cairo
courthouse to demand the independence of Egypt's judiciary as
thousands of riot police watched.
2006 May 25, India and Japan
pledged to step up military cooperation, as Tokyo tries to move
closer to the South Asian nation which is seeking to modernize its
2006 May 25, Gunmen wounded an
Iraqi general in southeast Baghdad and a blast killed three people
in the heart of the capital.
2006 May 25, Desmond Dekker
(b.1941), Jamaican singer, died. He brought the sound of Jamaican
ska music to the world with songs such as "Israelites" (1968).
(AP, 5/26/06)(SFC, 5/27/06, p.B5)
2006 May 25, In Kashmir PM
Manmohan Singh said his country was "committed" to living in harmony
with neighboring rival Pakistan and to resolving the issue of
Kashmir with a lasting peace treaty. As he left militants killed
four people, a man, two women and a child, in an explosion that blew
up a bus carrying Indian tourists.
2006 May 25, A New York judge
cleared the way for bankrupt oil giant Yukos to sell a controlling
stake in Lithuanian oil refinery Mazeikiu Nafta.
2006 May 25, Mexican President
Vicente Fox addressed the California legislature. He praised a US
Senate which had just approved sweeping immigration reforms as a
"monumental step forward" in the relationship between his country
and the United States.
2006 May 25, A Nicaraguan
appeals court granted former President Arnoldo Aleman an injunction
against extradition, effectively blocking US and Panamanian efforts
to try him on money laundering charges.
2006 May 25, A gunfight between
a Palestinian security force and a Hamas militia killed one police
officer and wounded four others in the latest outbreak of internal
2006 May 25, Poland welcomed
Pope Benedict XVI with cheers and fluttering yellow and white
Vatican flags as the German-born pontiff started a four-day visit
aimed at honoring predecessor John Paul II and healing wounds from
World War II.
2006 May 25, Russian President
Vladmir Putin and EU leaders met for a summit focused on EU concerns
about Russia's reliability as a key energy supplier.
2006 May 25, In Somalia renewed
fighting between Islamic militias and secular warlords killed at
least 38 people in Mogadishu and sent thousands of frightened
civilians running from their homes.
2006 May 25, South Korea’s
Constitutional Court ruled that a law granting massage licenses only
to the visually impaired was discriminatory against others who
wanted to practice the trade.
(http://tinyurl.com/nreer)(Econ, 6/24/06, p.49)
2006 May 25, Sudan said it
would permit the UN to lay the groundwork for possible deployment of
a peacekeeping force in Darfur, but cautioned that the world body's
role would be smaller than some Security Council members want.
2006 May 25, The son in law of
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian was detained after hours of
questioning about his involvement in an alleged insider trading
scandal which rocked the island.
2007 May 25, President Bush
signed a bill to pay for military operations in Iraq that did not
contain a timetable for troop withdrawals.
2007 May 25, The US filed a
complaint at the World Trade Organization against India, saying its
duties on alcoholic beverages and other imports violate global trade
2007 May 25, Atlanta attorney
Andrew Speaker, infected with drug-resistant tuberculosis, was
quarantined by the federal government after returning from his
European wedding and honeymoon.
2007 May 25, Miami police said
Francisco Oliveira (29), a handyman delivering drugs, shot and
critically wounded Fabio Alonso Salgado (aka Estefano), a prominent
Latin music songwriter and producer, inside a waterfront mansion.
2007 May 25, In central Texas
two days of storms and flooding left 5 people dead and one missing.
2007 May 25, US and British
researchers reported that stem cells taken from the umbilical cords
of newborns can be engineered to produce insulin and may someday be
used to treat diabetes.
2007 May 25, Coca-Cola said it
would buy Glaceau, an American maker of vitamin enhanced water, for
$4.1 billion. This was Coke’s largest acquisition to date.
(Econ, 6/16/07, p.78)
2007 May 25, Charles Nelson
Reilly (76), actor, died. In 1962 he appeared on Broadway as Bud
Frump in the original Broadway production of "How to Succeed in
Business Without Really Trying." The role won Reilly a Tony Award.
He later became known for his ribald appearances on the "Tonight
Show" and various game shows.
2007 May 25, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO soldier from Canada was killed and two other NATO
soldiers were wounded in overnight attacks by Taliban fighters. 7
Taliban fighters, including two local commanders, were killed in a
joint coalition-Afghan operation in Gereshk district of southern
(AFP, 5/25/07)(AP, 5/26/07)
2007 May 25, Radovan Stankovic,
a convicted Bosnian Serb war criminal, escaped from custody while
being transported to a hospital in eastern Bosnia after complaining
of feeling ill.
2007 May 25, British
authorities said 4 people in north Wales have tested positive for a
mild strain of bird flu, linked to the H7N2 low pathogenic avian
influenza found in chickens.
2007 May 25, In Burundi 61
countries and international organizations promised 656 million
dollars (488 million euros) during a donors' roundtable in the
capital Bujumbura. The World Bank considers Burundi, where 70% of
the population lives below the poverty line, the world's
2007 May 25, Costa Rica health
officials said they have seized more than 350 tubes of Chinese-made
toothpaste tainted with a deadly chemical reportedly found in tubes
sold elsewhere in the world.
2007 May 25, In Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia, China and the African Union launched a 150-million-dollar
project to build a new conference centre for the cash-strapped
2007 May 25, German lawmakers
passed a ban on smoking on public transport and in federal
buildings, including the parliament. It still needs approval from
the upper house of parliament, where the government also has a
2007 May 25, Radical Shiite
cleric Muqtada al-Sadr appeared in public for the first time in
months, delivering a fiery anti-American sermon to thousands of
followers and demanding US troops leave Iraq. Gunmen in a speeding
car shot and killed a police officer as he was leaving his house in
the Shiite-dominated al-Wihda district, 20 miles south of Baghdad.
In al-Wijaihiya, about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, a gunbattle
between residents of a Sunni village and their rivals in a
neighboring Shiite village, killed two people and injured five
others. 6 mortar rounds hit houses in western Baghdad, killing one
person. The notorious leader of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia in the
city of Basra was killed in a shootout as British and Iraq troops
tried to arrest him. Wissam al-Waili (23), also known as Abu Qadir,
was shot and killed along with his brother and two aides.
(AP, 5/25/07)(AP, 5/26/07)
2007 May 25, A "garbage crisis"
in Naples dominated news in Italy. For weeks local and national
authorities have tried to end a stalemate over mountains of rubbish
rotting on the streets for lack of adequate landfill sites.
2007 May 25, Abdullah
el-Faisal, a Muslim cleric named by the British government as a key
influence on one of four men who carried out the deadly London
transport bombings in 2005, was deported to Jamaica after being
released from prison.
2007 May 25, In Mexico 2
members of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR), a Marxist guerrilla
group, disappeared. A week later the group blamed the government and
called for their safe return and warned of dire consequences. In
July the group began blowing up natural gas pipelines. Attacks took
place on July 6,10 and Sep 10.
(WSJ, 11/14/07, p.A1)
2007 May 25, Myanmar's military
government extended the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung
San Suu Kyi by another year.
2007 May 25, In southern
Nigeria gunmen kidnapped a group of foreign oil workers, including
three Americans and four Britons.
2007 May 25, Pakistani police
busted a gang trading in kidneys and arrested eight people,
including five doctors.
2007 May 25, Russia's lower
house of parliament gave preliminary backing to a new wide-ranging
restrictions on smoking in public. In southern Russia a brawl
between hundreds of Caucasus migrants and local Russians, all armed
with metal rods, baseball bats and knives, killed an ethnic Chechen
(AP, 5/26/07)(AP, 5/25/07)
2007 May 25, In South Africa
tens of thousands of nurses, teachers and other public service
workers took to the streets to press their demands for a 12 percent
2007 May 25, Turkey's president
vetoed a newly passed constitutional amendment that would have
allowed the people, and not Parliament, to elect the new president.
2007 May 25, Kurdish guerrillas
bombed and derailed a Syria-bound train from Iran near the town of
Genc in Turkey’s southeastern Bingol province. Turkish authorities
later seized weapons hidden among construction materials found on
the train following the attack.
2008 May 25, The Libertarian
Party picked Bob Barr, a former Georgia congressman and
ex-Republican, as its US presidential candidate.
(Econ, 5/31/08, p.38)
2008 May 25, Powerful storms
packing large hail, heavy rain and tornadoes made for a deadly
Memorial Day weekend across the nation's midsection, killing at
least seven people in Iowa and a 2-year-old child in Minnesota. 222
homes were destroyed in Iowa.
(AP, 5/26/08)(SFC, 5/28/08, p.A2)
2008 May 25, NASA’s Phoenix
Mars Lander landed safely in the Vastitas Borealis area and began
sending images home after a 10-month, 422 million-mile journey. On
May 24, 2010, NASA declared the Phoenix lander officially dead.
(AP, 5/26/08)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.83)(SFC, 5/25/10,
2008 May 25, In California the
decomposed bodies of 5 family members were found in a home in San
Clemente. 2 handguns were found with the bodies.
(SFC, 5/27/08, p.A3)
2008 May 25, J.R. Simplot
(b.1909) died in Boise, Idaho. He had left home in 1923 at age 14
with four gold coins given to him by his mother. He ended his life
as the spud king of America and one of the nation's richest men. In
2007 Forbes magazine listed him as the 89th richest American with
2008 May 25, In Kandahar,
Afghanistan, a suicide bomber hit a Canadian military convoy,
killing one boy. A US-led coalition soldier was killed in an
operation in western Farah province.
2008 May 25, Burundian
officials said the army killed three rebels near the capital over
the weekend, the latest in a series of violent clashes in the
central African nation.
2008 May 25, A 6.0 aftershock
hit quake-ravaged central China killed 6 people, left dozens more
injured and destroyed some 71,000 homes. Soldiers carrying
explosives hiked to a blocked-off river to alleviate the threat of
(AP, 5/25/08)(SFC, 5/26/08, p.A8)
2008 May 25, EU foreign
ministers approved much delayed plans to begin talks with Russia
aimed at forging a new "strategic partnership."
2008 May 25, The French film
“The Class" (Entre les Murs) won the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film
Festival. It was based on m a book by Francois Begaudeau. Matteo
Garrone’s “Gomorrah," a study of the criminal underworld in Naples,
won the grand prize. Paolo Sorrentino’s “Il Divo," a portrait of
former Premier Giulio Andreotti, won the jury award.
(SFC, 5/26/08, p.F5)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.89)
2008 May 25, In India
authorities invited leaders of one of India's lowest castes for
talks as the death toll rose to 37 from three days of bloody
demonstrations over caste classification in western Rajasthan state.
The Gujjars sought to reclassify their hereditary sect to a lower
level in order to qualify for government jobs and university places.
The opposition Bharatiya Janata party won elections in Karnataka
(AP, 5/25/08)(WSJ, 5/24/08, p.A16)
2008 May 25, Iran's state media
said at least 30 people have died and 38 were injured in an
explosion caused by fire at a factory in central Iran.
2008 May 25, In Iraq a roadside
bomb targeted a patrol of US-allied Sunni Arab fighters near a
mosque in northern Baghdad, killing one of the so-called Awakening
Council members and wounding three others. An American soldier was
killed and two others were wounded in a roadside bombing in
(AP, 5/25/08)(AP, 5/27/08)
2008 May 25, An Iranian-born
Israeli was charged with passing defense information to Tehran. The
man told interrogators he repeatedly visited the Iranian consulate
in Istanbul, Turkey, and gave the Iranians names of acquaintances he
said served in the Israeli security forces.
2008 May 25, A nationwide power
outage hit Kenya as a result of a transmission fault from its
hydro-electric plants, sparking panic in the east African nation.
2008 May 25, In Lebanon Michel
Suleiman was elected president. He asked PM Saniora to stay on as
caretaker until a new administration is formed. Cabinet posts will
be distributed according to the Doha agreement: 16 for the majority,
11 for the opposition and three for president, who heads the
2008 May 25, A 52-nation
international conference pledged tens of millions of dollars for
some 2.4 million Myanmar survivors in need of aid. Official
estimates put the death toll at about 78,000, with another 56,000
missing. Myanmar has estimated the economic damage at about $11
2008 May 25, In Pakistan
officials said heavy rains have killed at least 10 people in the
northwest, including six children who died when part of their mud
2008 May 25, In the southern
Philippines at least 17 marines were wounded and two Muslim
separatist rebels killed as fierce prolonged fighting broke out on
2008 May 25, The Amiya Scan, a
Dutch freighter, was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
The ship and its crew of 4 Russians and 5 Filipinos were freed on
2008 May 25, South African
President Thabo Mbeki made a rare national address in which he
condemned anti-immigrant violence as "an absolute disgrace." The
death toll from two weeks of anti-immigrant violence rose to 50.
Concerns mounted for some 35,000 people who have been displaced by
(AFP, 5/25/08)(AP, 5/25/08)
2008 May 25, It was reported
that an estimated 5.4 million of South Africa's 48 million people
have the AIDS virus, the highest total of any country. The epidemic
was killing nearly 1,000 South Africans a day and infecting even
2008 May 25, Spanish coastguard
boats rescued 67 immigrants, including two corpses, from the sea
near the Canary Islands.
2009 May 25, The US Coast Guard
cutter Venturous intercepted a smugglers' boat near the Haitian
barrier island of La Tortue and took on board 35 of the
approximately 100 illegal passengers. 6 armed smugglers threatened
other passengers and prevented them from getting on the Coast Guard
ship, instead fleeing with them aboard the vessel in shallow water.
2009 May 25, In Alabama
prisoners Joshua Southwick (26) and Ashton Mink (22) were mistakenly
allowed outside a prison by a worker who thought they were kitchen
trusties. On June 6 they were arrested after a nearly 14-hour
standoff on a ranch in North Dakota. Also taken into custody were
two women who authorities said helped the men escape: Angela Diana
Mink (25) and Jacquelin Rae Kennamer Mink (25) Mink's sister and
2009 May 25, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed four civilians in Zabul province.
An operation by US-led forces against a Taliban commander left 3
people dead and a woman and child wounded in Helmand province. US
forces killed eight Taliban fighters in a clash Uruzgan province. 2
coalition troops and 3 Afghan policemen were wounded during the
(AP, 5/25/09)(AP, 5/26/09)
2009 May 25, In Britain an
internal military memo published confirmed that computer disks lost
at a British Royal Air Force base last September contained sensitive
files on the private lives of senior officers, including answers to
vetting questions about drug abuse, extramarital affairs and the use
2009 May 25, Dairy farmers
created traffic chaos in Berlin, blocked milk processing plants in
France and protested at EU headquarters in Brussels, seeking more
aid to cope with a sharp drop in milk prices.
2009 May 25, In Egypt a judge
overturned the conviction and two-year prison sentence of Saad Eddin
Ibrahim, an exiled Egyptian-American academic and outspoken critic
of the regime, paving the way for his return home.
2009 May 25, In Paris the
Church of Scientology and six of its French leaders went on trial on
charges of organized fraud that could lead to an outright ban on the
organization in France.
2009 May 25, In India 2
protesters were killed in Punjab state in fierce rioting sparked by
the shooting dead of a guru in fighting between rival Sikh
communities in Austria.
2009 May 25, In western Iraq a
roadside bomb struck a US convoy in Fallujah, killing three
Americans, including a State Department employee.
2009 May 25, It was reported
that a secret Israeli government report said Venezuela and Bolivia
are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program.
2009 May 25, Israeli writer
Amos Elon (82), one of the country's leading chroniclers and
critics, died in his adopted home of Italy. His best-known book,
"The Israelis: Founders and Sons" (1971), stood out as one of the
first works by an Israeli to deal with the national aspirations of
2009 May 25, In Mexico Eliseo
Barron, a veteran crime reporter for the La Opinion Milenio
newspaper, was kidnapped from his home in Torreon. His body was
found hours later found in an irrigation ditch in the drug-plagued
northern Mexican state of Durango. Mexico's army arrested two US
citizens for allegedly kidnapping a hardware store clerk in the
northern border city of Tijuana. 20-year-old Teddy Toledo and his
sister, both of California, and two others were arrested for
abducting the clerk a week ago. Five suspects were arrested on June
11, including one man who told authorities the journalist was slain
as a warning against meddling with a powerful drug cartel.
(AP, 5/26/09)(AP, 5/27/09)(SSFC, 5/31/09,
2009 May 25, In Nigeria
militants sabotaged major crude pipelines in the chaotic oil region,
further trimming crude production as the military widened an
operation to uproot the fighters. Chevron in Nigeria reported a
100,000 barrel-per-day oil output cut after a militant attack the
day before on one of its pipelines in the southern Delta state. The
militants said they had released three Filipino hostages seized this
(AP, 5/25/09)(AFP, 5/25/09)
2009 May 25, North Korea
claimed it carried out a powerful underground nuclear test, much
larger than one conducted in 2006. Russia's Defense Ministry
confirmed an atomic explosion at 9:54 a.m. (0054 GMT) in
northeastern North Korea, estimating the blast's yield at 10 to 20
kilotons, comparable to the bombs that flattened Hiroshima and
2009 May 25, Haakon Lie
(b.1905), a pioneer of Norway's welfare state and one of the
country's most influential politicians, died in Oslo. His several
books included "Slik jeg ser det naa" ("As I See it Now"), which was
published last year.
2009 May 25, Pakistan's
military said it was facing "stiff resistance" as it battled to
wrest Swat valley out of Taliban hands, in an offensive that has
scattered 2.38 million terrified civilians.
2010 May 25, US and Chinese
officials signed accords on trade finance, China’s gas reserves and
credit arrangements, but gave no indication of any progress on
issues involving the value of China’s currency.
(SFC, 5/26/10, p.A3)
2010 May 25, The Dow Jones
industrials plunged below 10,000 as investors worried about a global
economic slowdown and tensions between North and South Korea turned
away from stocks.
2010 May 25, The US EPA barred
Texas from issuing an operating permit to a refinery on Corpus
Christi and said it would do the same to dozens in other cases in
which it believes the state is violating the Clean Air Act.
(SFC, 5/26/10, p.A4)
2010 May 25, Former Detroit
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to up to 5 years in prison for
violating the terms of his probation relating his 2008 conviction
for lying under oath about an affair.
(SFC, 5/26/10, p.A4)
2010 May 25, In Alaska several
thousand barrels of crude spilled from the trans-Alaska pipeline and
overflowed a storage tank. The spill was in a containment area with
an impermeable liner.
(SFC, 5/27/10, p.A8)
2010 May 25, In Algeria Atmane
Touati, alias Abu El Abbas, became one of four members of al-Qaida
in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQMI, to turn himself in after his wife
"convinced her husband to abandon the criminal horde and come home."
2010 May 25, In Argentina some
2 million people and eight heads of state from across South America
took to the streets of Buenos Aires in celebration of 200 years
since its revolution.
2010 May 25, Chad's government
succeeded in forcing a 3,300-strong UN peacekeeping force operating
in Chad and the Central African Republic to pull out by the end of
this year. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned
that a dramatic shortfall in donations for Chad's agriculture relief
puts 2 million people at risk of hunger.
2000 May 25, The China
Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) was founded in Beijing.
2010 May 25, Ethiopian police
shot dead two opposition members in the sensitive Oromia region
following the elections. One man was shot May 24 after trying to
storm an office where ballots were being counted. The other was shot
today by a policeman whom he had beaten during the same incident.
2010 May 25, In Germany a
private security firm's plan to deploy more than 100 ex-soldiers to
Somalia to work for a warlord triggered intense media coverage and
was harshly criticized by lawmakers, some of them calling it a
possible violation of UN sanctions against the war-ridden East
African country. Thomas Kaeltegaertner, the head of Asgaard German
Security Group, said the company would be in charge of providing
security and protection for persons, buildings and convoys in
Somalia as well as educating Somali security personnel.
2010 May 25, In Iraq some 17
masked gunmen shot up a gold jewelry market in Baghdad, killing 15
people before they fled with a large quantity of gold in their arms.
(AP, 5/25/10)(SFC, 5/26/10, p.A2)
2010 May 25, More than 500
Israeli academics have denounced the government decision banning
famed Jewish-American linguist Noam Chomsky from entering the West
Bank last week. Chomsky (81), an outspoken critic of Israel, was to
speak at a West Bank university last week when Israeli authorities
barred him from entering from neighboring Jordan. The Interior
Ministry later said the border agent had made a mistake and Chomsky
was welcome to return.
2010 May 25, Mexican federal
police arrested Gregorio Sanchez, the mayor of the resort city of
Cancun, on drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime
charges, the latest blow to 2010 state and local elections already
marred by violence and allegations of drug cartel involvement. On
June 1 Sanchez was charged with drug trafficking ties, forcing him
to end his campaign for governor in a scandal that has shaken
Mexico's upcoming state elections.
(AP, 5/26/10)(AP, 6/1/10)
2010 May 25, North Korea
declared that it would sever all communication and relations with
Seoul as punishment for blaming it for the sinking of a South Korean
2010 May 25, Eight ships
carrying 10,000 tons of donated supplies and hundreds of
pro-Palestinian activists were making their way toward blockaded
Gaza, and a likely weekend showdown with the Israeli navy.
2010 May 25, In Peru a judge
granted parole to Lori Berenson (40), the New York activist who has
spent 15 years in Peruvian prisons on a conviction of aiding leftist
rebels. However, the judge said that Berenson cannot leave Peru
until her sentence for terrorist collaboration ends in November
2010 May 25, In the Singapore
Strait emergency teams scrambled to contain thousands of tons of
crude oil that spilled into waters near one of the world's busiest
ports after two ships collided. Singapore's Maritime and Port
Authority (MPA) said in its latest update that 5,000 tons of crude
had leaked from the Malaysian-registered tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3.
2010 May 25, Suriname held
elections. The political party of former dictator Desi Bouterse (64)
was the biggest winner, as the convicted drug trafficker mounted a
political comeback despite facing trial for the execution of 15
opponents in the 1980s. Bouterse's party captured 40 percent of the
popular vote and 23 seats in parliament with a populist campaign
that featured pledges to build more houses and increase social
(AP, 5/26/10)(AP, 8/12/10)
2010 May 25, A Thai court
issued an arrest warrant for ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra on
terrorism charges, accusing the fugitive former leader of fomenting
two months of unrest in Bangkok that left 88 people dead.
2010 May 25, In southern Turkey
a bus carrying Russian tourists skidded off a highway and fell off a
bridge, killing 16 people and injuring 25 others.
2010 May 25, Venezuela's top
anti-corruption official barred two opponents of President Hugo
Chavez from holding public office, preventing them from running in
September legislative elections. The decision blocked candidacies by
former presidential candidate Manuel Rosales and former Sucre state
Gov. Ramon Martinez.
2010 May 25, In Yemen an
overnight airstrike on what was believed to be an al-Qaida hide-out
in a remote province accidentally killed a provincial deputy
governor and his two bodyguards. The strike was later identified as
a secret mission by the US military. Angry tribesmen attacked an oil
pipeline, petrol stations and government installations to avenge the
(AP, 5/25/10)(AFP, 5/25/10)(SSFC, 8/15/10, p.A8)
2011 May 25, President Barack
Obama warned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi there would be 'no let
up' in pressure on him to go, following a second successive night of
heavy NATO bombing in Tripoli.
2011 May 25, A divided US
Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 to finalize the measure
that has grown into one of the most contentious requirements of last
year’s Dodd-Frank Wall Street overhaul law. Under the new program
corporate whistleblowers could score multi-million-dollar payouts
for reporting financial wrongdoing.
2011 May 25, The final segment
of Oprah Winfrey’s TV talk show, taped a day earlier, aired after a
25 year run.
(SFC, 5/26/11, p.A8)
2011 May 25, The Thiel
Foundation, formed by Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, named
the first 20 winners of its “20 under 20" fellowship program. It
provided young people $100,000 to pursue entrepreneurial ideas
rather than a university education.
(SSFC, 5/29/11, p.E1)
2011 May 25, In East Oakland,
Ca., Michael Heartsman (22) shot and killed Ditiyan Franklin Jr.
(17), as the victim rode on a bicycle with a friend on the
handlebars. On Nov 29 a jury convicted Heartsman of murder and being
a felon with a firearm as well as attempted murder.
(SFC, 11/30/11, p.C4)
2011 May 25, The death toll
from the May 22 tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125.
A violent storm system across a wide swath of the Midwest and South
spawned tornadoes and powerful winds. 9 people were killed in
Oklahoma, 2 in Kansas and 4 in Arkansas.
2011 May 25, The Wisconsin Act
23 established a requirement for nearly all voters to present
approved photo identification to cast a ballot.
2011 May 25, In Afghanistan
airborne NATO and Afghan soldiers expelled Taliban fighters from a
government building they occupied in Do Ab, Nuristan province, and
forced them to flee to surrounding mountains. At least 10 Taliban
fighters were killed. Provincial officials later said over 20 police
officers dressed in civilian clothes were killed. A NATO service
member died in a bomb attack in northern Afghanistan.
(AP, 5/25/11)(SFC, 5/30/11, p.A3)
2011 May 25, Austrian
authorities filed incitement charges against a right-wing politician
for commissioning a video game that required players to target and
stop mosques, minarets and muezzins as they pop up on a screen.
2011 May 25, Brazil's Pres.
Dilma Rousseff suspended an anti-homophobia campaign that had been
planned to begin at schools this year because she thought the videos
and pamphlets weren't appropriate for children.
2011 May 25, Dominican Republic
health authorities began taking down some food stands and installing
public bathrooms in an effort to control a cholera outbreak that has
worsened in recent weeks.
2011 May 25, Egypt decided to
end its blockade of Gaza by opening the only crossing to the
Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory on May 28, easing the isolation of
1.4 million Palestinians there.
2011 May 25, In Georgia some
3,000 anti-government protesters demanded the resignation of Pres.
Saakashvili and said they will try to block a May 26 military parade
in the capital.
2011 May 25, Greece's prime
minister insisted his government would see through new austerity
measures and called again for a cross-party agreement on the
reforms, which he has so far failed to secure despite European Union
2011 May 25, Greek police
arrested four Greeks and five foreign nationals in Thessaloniki on
suspicion of smuggling nearly 300 kg (661 pounds) of cocaine into
the country last month.
2011 May 25, Grenada's director
of public prosecution said a 41-year-old man was charged with having
sex with an unidentified 17-year-old man. The Caribbean island had a
law against homosexual acts on the books but was rarely enforced. A
2010 United Nations report said the penalty on most Caribbean
islands, including Grenada, is up to 10 years in prison, although
Barbados and Guyana have life imprisonment.
2011 May 25, In India the Dalai
Lama turned down pleas from the Tibetan community to accept a
ceremonial role in the Tibetan government-in-exile after giving up
his position as political leader.
2011 May 25, It was reported
that Iran’s popular Lake Oroumieh, home to migrating flamingos,
pelicans and gulls, has shrunken by 60 percent and could disappear
entirely in just a few years, drained by drought, misguided
irrigation policies, development and the damming of rivers that feed
2011 May 25, In Iraq 4 people
were killed in the explosion of a bomb in a parked car in a Sunni
neighborhood of southwestern Baghdad.
2011 May 25, A Libyan rebel
commander said his fighters have clashed with Sudanese mercenaries
fighting for Moammar Gadhafi near the border with Sudan, destroying
one of their weapons-laden vehicles.
2011 May 25, In western Mexico
fierce fighting among apparent rival drug gangs bloodied one highway
with 29 dead in Nayarit, while in nearby Michoacan state more than
700 people huddled in shelters after fleeing villages that had
(AP, 5/26/11)(AP, 5/27/11)
2011 May 25, North Korean
leader Kim Jong-Il arrived in Beijing and was seen en route to what
was believed to be a summit with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
2011 May 25, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber flattened a police station in Peshawar,
killing nine people. A Taliban faction claimed responsibility for
the bombing, saying it was their fourth reprisal for the May 2 death
of bin Laden.
2011 May 25, In the Philippines
Typhoon Songda roared toward the country's northeast.
2011 May 25, Sudan's president
gave northern troops a "green light" to attack southern forces if
provoked. President Barack Obama, speaking at a news conference in
London, called for the rapid reinforcement of UN peacekeeping troops
in the Abyei region, from which tens of thousands of civilians have
fled over the last week.
2011 May 25, The Swiss
government said it will decommission all its nuclear power plants.
2011 May 25, In Syria the body
of Hamza al-Khatib (13) was returned to his family, following his
disappearance after a demonstration in Daraa on April 29. The body
bore multiple marks of abuse including bullet holes and castration.
(AFP, 5/28/11)(Econ, 6/4/11, p.56)
2011 May 25, In Venezuela
red-clad oil workers rallied to denounce "imperialist" US sanctions
over its Iran ties, but the rising anger seemed unlikely to sink the
OPEC member's huge oil trade with the United States.
2011 May 25, Yemen's embattled
President Ali Abdullah Saleh issued messages of hard-line defiance
even as intense battles raged in the heart of the capital for a
third day. Gun battles erupted again in Sanaa. At least 44 people
have been killed in the recent fighting.
2012 May 25, In Indiana a
gunman allegedly shot himself in the head after an hours-long
standoff in which he held as many as 10 hostages in an office
building in Valparaiso, 30 miles from Chicago. The SWAT team stormed
the office shortly after the gunman released the last hostage. He
suffered 3 gunshot wounds before dying, likely from two different
2012 May 25, Republican Kansas
Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill aimed at keeping state courts
and agencies from using Islamic or other non-U.S. laws when making
decisions, drawing criticism from a national Muslim group.
2012 May 25, In Maryland
Alexander Kinyua (21), a student from Kenya, allegedly killed and
ate parts of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie (37), his Ghanaian housemate.
On June 2 Kinyua was arrested after being charged with first-degree
murder and other charges.
2012 May 25, The privately held
SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 5/26/12, p.A7)
2012 May 25, A long-running
joust to host a radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA),
that would give mankind its farthest peek into the Universe, ended
with a Solomon-like judgement to split the $2 billion project
between two groups, Australia and New Zealand and South Africa.
(AFP, 5/25/12)(Econ, 6/2/12, p.94)(Econ, 1/7/17,
2012 May 25, Bosnia’s war
crimes court sentenced Bosnian Serbs Dusko Jevic (44) and Mendeljev
Djuric (52) to 35 and 30 years in prison for expelling Muslims from
Srebrenica and taking part in the killing of 1,000 prisoners after
the town was overrun by Bosnian Serbs in July 1995.
(SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)
2012 May 25, Chinese media
reported that police in southwest China have detained a man
suspected of murdering 11 boys and young men, chopping up their
bodies and selling the flesh to unsuspecting consumers. Zhang
Yongming (56) was detained two weeks ago in his home village of
Nanmen in Yunnan and is being investigated over the murder of a
19-year-old man in late April and the disappearance of several
others. Yongming, a convicted murderer, was released from prison in
(AFP, 5/25/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)
2012 May 25, In China Ya Weilin
(73), the father of a man killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square
crackdown, hanged himself in protest after two decades of failed
attempts to seek government redress. Ya's son Ya Aiguo (22) was shot
in the head by martial-law troops in Beijing after he had gone out
shopping with his girlfriend.
2012 May 25, Egypt’s Muslim
Brotherhood predicted its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, would face
former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, a veteran of Mubarak's rule, in
a runoff to be held on June 16-17. Counts from stations around the
country reported by the state news agency gave Mohammed Morsi 25.3%
and Ahmed Shafiq 24.9% with less than 100,000 votes difference.
(AP, 5/25/12)(AP, 5/26/12)
2012 May 25, Equatorial Guinea
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema (69) named two sons and a brother in
the country's new government, after appointing Vincente Ehate Tomi
as prime minister. Of the 55 government nominations announced, 12
were close to Obiang Nguema personally.
2012 May 25, French President
Francois Hollande for the first time provided details of his plan to
pull France's combat troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the
year, saying he would leave around 1,400 soldiers behind to help
with training and logistics.
2012 May 25, Diplomats said the
UN atomic agency has found has found traces of uranium enriched up
to 27% at Iran's Fordo enrichment plant, evidence that could mean
the country has moved closer to producing the uranium threshold
needed to arm nuclear missiles.
2012 May 25, Mauritanian police
fired teargas to break up a fresh opposition protest calling for
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to step down, leaving many injured
and at least five under arrest.
2012 May 25, In northeastern
Nigeria two people were killed when gunmen in a car opened fire at
Potiskum's timber market.
2012 May 25, North Korea state
media said the country is suffering a prolonged and widespread
drought, raising fears it will worsen already dire food shortages.
2012 May 25, Rogue police
officers in Papua New Guinea blockaded Parliament for several hours,
a day after PM Peter O'Neill's government leveled sedition charges
against the country's chief justice. The blockade was lifted after
about 30 minutes.
2012 May 25, Somali and African
Union troops said they have captured the strategic town of Afgoye
from Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents without major resistance.
Somali troops were reported to be pushing northwards towards the
Shebab-held town of Balad, some 35 km (21 miles) north of Mogadishu.
2012 May 25, South Sudan’s
military said a disarmament campaign has collected more than 10,000
weapons. Recent raids in Jonglei state prompted the government to
launch its fifth disarmament campaign in six years. Leaders of a
minority community said troops shot and killed a teenager while he
was fishing, linking the death to the military's disarmament
campaign. A member of the Murle community said the bodies of two
other people shot by troops were found, bringing the overall death
toll of Murle during the disarmament campaign to at least 14.
2012 May 25, The Sudanese Media
Center (SMC), which is close to the security apparatus, said that
after five days of fighting troops had overrun the rebel-held Jam
and Suda areas, giving them control of the surrounding Angasana
2012 May 25, Syrian forces
fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse thousands of
protesters calling for Assad's ouster, killing two people in the
northern city of Aleppo. Government forces shelled the Qusour and
Jobar neighborhoods in Homs province as protests took place in
Damascus, Aleppo and the southern Daraa province. Government troops
shelled a string of villages in central Syria before pro-regime
thugs swept through the area, shooting people in the streets and in
their homes in attacks that killed an estimated 108 people. 34
children and 49 women were among the dead in Houla.
(AP, 5/25/12)(AFP, 5/26/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)(AFP,
2012 May 25, In central Turkey
a car bomb attack killed a policeman and wounded 17 people. The
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) later claimed responsibility.
2012 May 25, In north Yemen a
suicide attacker drove his bomb-laden vehicle into a post held by
Shiite Zaidi rebels In Al-Jawf province, killing 13 people,
including three children.
2013 May 25, In southeastern
Missouri 2 freight trains collided at a rail intersection near
Chaffee, triggering the collapse of a highway overpass when at least
a dozen rail cars derailed and struck a support pillar.
2013 May 25, In San Antonio,
Texas, torrential rains swamped the city killing 3 people.
(SSFC, 5/26/13, p.A12)(SFC, 5/28/13, p.A)
2013 May 25, In Afghanistan a
would-be suicide bomber died when his explosives-rigged vest went
off prematurely in Kabul.
2013 May 25, British police in
London arrested 3 more people as part of an investigation in the May
22 slaughter of Lee Rigby, an off-duty soldier.
(SSFC, 5/26/13, p.A6)
2013 May 25, In Dagestan,
Russia, a female suicide bomber, identified as a widow of 2 killed
Islamists, blew herself up injuring at least 17, including 2
children and 5 police officers in the central square of Makhachkala.
One woman died the next day from her wounds.
(AP, 5/25/13)(AP, 5/26/13)
2013 May 25, In France a man
stabbed a soldier in uniform in the throat in the commercial
district of La Defense outside Paris. Cedric Cordier (23) remained
hospitalized but his throat wound wasn't life-threatening. A suspect
(22) in the stabbing was arrested on May 29.
(AP, 5/26/13)(SFC, 5/27/13, p.A2)(AP, 5/29/13)
2013 May 25, In India some 200
suspected Maoist rebels killed 28 people by setting off a bomb and
firing on a convoy carrying ruling party leaders and members in
insurgency-wracked Chhattisgarh state. 4 state party leaders and 8
police officers were among the people killed.
(AP, 5/26/13)(Econ, 6/1/13, p.41)
2013 May 25, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded near a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims north of Baghdad,
killing six Iranians and one Iraqi.
2013 May 25, In Kenya gunmen
believed to be Somali militants killed six people in a late night
attack on police posts near the border with Somalia. Al-Shabab
claimed responsibility in Twitter updates.
2013 May 25, Authorities in
Myanmar's western Rakhine state said they have imposed a two-child
limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to
Buddhists in the area and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing
in the aftermath of sectarian violence. The measure was enacted a
week ago after the commission recommended family planning programs
to stem population growth among Muslims.
2013 May 25, In Lebanon 4
people were killed by sniper fire as Syrian fighting spilled over,
bringing the week's death toll to 29 including three Lebanese
2013 May 25, Gunmen boarded the
fuel tanker MT Matrix I, some 40 nautical miles off the coast of
Nigeria's Bayelsa state, taking a number of the crew hostage.
2013 May 25, In eastern
Pakistan 16 schoolchildren and a teacher burned to death when a
short-circuit near a leaking gas tank caused their minibus to be
engulfed in flames in Gujrat.
2013 May 25, In the Philippines
at least 7 marines and 7 militants were killed in a clash as the
military began an offensive against al-Qaida linked gunmen in Sulu
(SSFC, 5/26/13, p.A6)
2013 May 25, Russian police
arrested at least 30 gay rights campaigners and Christian Orthodox
vigilantes in Moscow as gay-rights campaigners and their opponents
clashed at an unsanctioned rally in Moscow.
2013 May 25, In Sicily Rev.
Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi (d.1993) was beatified by the Vatican in a
ceremony in Palermo, where he worked in a mobster-infested, poor
2013 May 25, Syria's fractured
political opposition met for a third day in Istanbul, Turkey, to
elect new leaders, try to widen its base and forge a unified
position ahead of possible peace talks with the regime.
2013 May 25, Syrian forces
loyal to President Bashar Assad shelled Qusair in their heaviest
barrage of a week-long battle to dislodge rebels from there. At
least 22 people including 18 rebels were reported killed in the
fighting, and dozens wounded.
2013 May 25, In Turkey some 100
people kissed for several minutes at a subway stop in Ankara after
subway officials earlier in the week made an announcement asking
passengers "to act in accordance with moral rules" after security
cameras spotted a couple kissing.
2013 May 25, In Kiev, Ukraine,
between 50 and 100 gay rights activists staged the ex-Soviet
nation's first-ever gay pride parade under heavy police presence.
2013 May 25, In Yemen two
soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Shar, Hadramawt province.
2014 May 25, In western
Colorado three men went missing after a half-mile stretch of ridge,
saturated by rain, collapsed. The resulting mud slide in the Grand
Mesa stretched for three miles.
(SFC, 5/27/14, p.A12)
2014 May 25, In Afghanistan
Abdul Wadod Jaju, a police commander in Kandahar city, died of
wounds from a suicide bomber. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi
claimed responsibility for the attack.
2014 May 25, Prominent Bahraini
Shiite activist Nabil Rajab issued an appeal for "serious dialogue"
in the Sunni-ruled kingdom following his release after serving a
two-year jail term.
2014 May 25, China’s state news
said at least 19 people have died and seven were reporting missing
in widespread flooding that's hit hundreds of thousands of people in
a swath of southern China.
2014 May 25, In northwestern
China two trucks collided, killing 10 people and injuring 32 in
Wujiaqu city, Xinjiang region.
2014 May 25, Colombia held
presidential elections. Former Finance Minister Oscar Ivan Zuluaga
finished first in the opening round with 29%, but failed to win the
majority of votes needed to avoid a runoff ballot in three weeks
against incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos.
(AP, 5/26/14)(Econ, 5/31/14, p.30)
2014 May 25, European elections
culminated today as the remainder of the EU's 28 countries went to
the polls. Official but still partial returns from the European
Parliament elections showed an unprecedented surge by Euroskeptics
and outright anti-EU politicians.
(Reuters, 5/25/14)(AP, 5/26/14)
2014 May 25, In France Marine
Le Pen’s populist National Front (FN) won 25% of the European
elections vote. The center-right opposition UMP came in 2nd with 21%
and the ruling Socialist won 14%.
(Econ, 5/31/14, p.45)
2014 May 25, In Germany Berlin
voters cast ballots on whether to develop or preserve as leisure
space a big part of the former Tempelhof airport, the hub of the
historic 1948-49 Berlin Airlift. Voters decided to keep it bare.
(AP, 5/25/14)(Econ, 5/31/14, p.44)
2014 May 25, In Greece the
election for 21 seats in the European Parliament was held together
with runoff voting for local government. The opposition Syriza won
just two races for regional governor, while New Democracy won seven
and four went to independents.
2014 May 25, An Iranian court
convicted the editor and a contributor of the banned Bahar Daily
newspaper over a series of charges, including lying about Islam and
spreading anti-regime propaganda.
2014 May 25, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded outside a liquor store in Kirkuk overnight, killing at
least 12 civilians.
2014 May 25, Libya’s embattled
parliament approved an Islamist-backed government headed by Ahmed
Maiteg despite a boycott by non-Islamists and the threats from Gen.
2014 May 25, Polls opened in
Lithuania for the second round of the presidential election, in
which incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite competed against the center-left
candidate Zigmantas Balcytis. Grybauskaite won the first consecutive
presidential term in the country's history.
(AP, 5/25/14)(AP, 5/26/14)
2014 May 25, The leader of
Nigeria's Muslims called for followers of the faith to unite against
Boko Haram extremists, pledging the government full support to
ensure their defeat. The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar
III, also said the government should address issues of inequality
2014 May 25, Pakistan said it
was releasing 151 Indian fishermen who were detained on charges of
crossing illegally into its territorial waters.
2014 May 25, In Poland General
Wojciech Jaruzelski (90) died. The Communist leader for years had
helped the Kremlin suppress dissent behind the Iron Curtain before
finally allowing democratic rule.
(Reuters, 5/26/14)(Econ, 6/14/14, p.86)
2014 May 25, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen stormed a tribal police post, killing six police
officers and wounding three in the Wadh area of Baluchistan
province's Khuzdar district.
2014 May 25, Syria's Al-Qaeda
branch (Al-Nusra Front) staged four suicide bomb attacks on army
positions, leaving dozens of casualties, in a bid to cut off Idlib
province from the coast. The Syrian air force also struck the area,
killing 2 rebels and wounding another 15. A car bomb struck a
pro-government neighborhood in Homs, killing at least 10 people. One
of the suicide bombers was later identified as Abu Hurayra
al-Amriki, a US citizen from Florida. A jihadist from the Maldives
was also among the four bombers.
(AFP, 5/25/14)(AP, 5/25/14)(SFC, 5/31/14,
2014 May 25, In Tunisia
security forces arrested 16 suspects, including three Tunisians who
had just crossed over from Libya and were believed to be part of the
banned, al-Qaida-linked Ansar al-Shariah organization.
2014 May 25, Ukraine held
presidential elections as separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk
regions, with 5.1 million voters, blocked the vote. Billionaire
candy-maker Petro Poroshenko led with about 54 percent in the field
of 21 candidates. A possible runoff was set for June 15.
(AP, 5/25/14)(AP, 5/26/14)
2014 May 25, Pope Francis
landed at Israel's international airport, kicking off the final leg
of his Holy Land pilgrimage. Pope Francis invited the Israeli and
Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for peace.
(AP, 5/25/14)(Reuters, 5/25/14)
2014 May 25, Yemen's security
forces killed 5 al Qaeda members and captured four in a raid in Bayt
al-Othdri, in the Arhab region. Yemeni troops killed 5 Houthi
members in fighting outside the city of Omran in the northern
province of the same name.
2015 May 25, In southern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber in a truck loaded with
explosives struck a provincial government neighborhood in in Qalat
city, Zabul province, wounding nearly 70 people. Taliban gunmen
surrounded a police compound in the Naw Zad district of Helmand
province. 19 police officers and 7 soldiers were killed.
(Reuters, 5/25/15)(SFC, 5/26/15, p.A2)
2015 May 25, Bangladesh banned
a radical Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist
bloggers and writers.
2015 May 25, In northeastern
Brazil an overnight prison riot in the Feira de Santana regional
prison left at least 7 dead after a fight between two gangs
escalated and led to about 70 people, many visiting family members,
being held hostage for several hours.
2015 May 25, China announced it
will cut import taxes on clothing, cosmetics and some other goods by
half in a new tactic to spur consumer spending and economic growth.
2015 May 25, In central China a
fire swept through a privately run home for the elderly killing 38
people and leaving much of it a charred ruin in Pingdingshan, Henan
2015 May 25, The Colombian
government and FARC guerrillas resumed peace talks in Havana amid
heightened tensions following air strikes that killed dozens of
2015 May 25, In Ecuador's
Galapagos islands the Wolf volcano erupted after being dormant for
33 years. The eruption threatened a unique species of pink iguanas.
2015 May 25, In Egypt fighting
near the northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweyid pitted troops against
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, militants who pledged allegiance to the
Islamic State group last year. One conscript was killed and one
2015 May 25, Five African
migrants drowned after jumping into the Mediterranean as Egyptian
coastguards raided a boat heading towards Italy.
2015 May 25, Officials in India
said soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and
northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than
500 people and looked set to continue.
2015 May 25, Islamic State
poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite
paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the
Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government. The
United States and its allies carried out 25 strikes in Iraq in the
last 24 hours.
2015 May 25, In Indian Kashmir
militants killed 4 Indian soldiers and an employee of a mobile phone
shop, in a spate of attacks in the disputed region.
2015 May 25, Former Israeli PM
Ehud Olmert (69) was sentenced to eight months in prison for
unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter. Olmert also was
given a suspended sentence of an additional eight months and fined
2015 May 25, In Kenya Islamist
militants from Somalia attacked two police patrols, triggering a gun
battle near Yumbis. The militants claimed in a statement that at
least 20 police were killed, although Kenyan authorities said that
only one officer died and four others were wounded.
2015 May 25, Malaysia police
said they have found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than
two dozen squalid human trafficking camps suspected to have been
used by gangs smuggling migrants across the border with Thailand.
2015 May 25, In Mali armed
gunmen fired on a UN vehicle in Bamako, killing one peacekeeper and
2015 May 25, In Mexico at least
13 people died after a tornado hit Ciudad Acuna, on the border with
(Reuters, 5/25/15)(SFC, 5/26/15, p.A6)
2015 May 25, Nigeria’s defense
spokesman Chris Olukolade said troops had thwarted an attack on
Mafa, 50 km (30 miles) east of Maiduguri. About 30 Boko Haram
fighters were reported killed and "many others" wounded.
2015 May 25, Nigerian fuel
marketers agreed to resume distribution after weeks of disruption
led to chronic fuel shortages, bringing phone companies, banks and
airlines to a standstill days before the inauguration of the
country's new president.
2015 May 25, Russia’s justice
ministry listed Liberal Mission and Dynasty, two of the country’s
most respected foundations for science and education, as “foreign
(Econ, 5/30/15, p.49)
2015 May 25, South Sudan said
its troops are back in full control of the strategic northern oil
town of Malakal, after days of fierce fighting with rebel forces.
2015 May 25, Sudanese security
forces seized the print runs of 10 newspapers and suspended the
publishing licenses of four of them in a major media crackdown.
2015 May 25, Suriname held
general parliamentary elections. Unofficial results gave the NDP 26
seats, a small margin of the majority in the 51-seat National
Assembly. The National Democratic Party, led by president Desi
Bouterse (69), disputed results in several districts of the capital.
A recount was set for May 31.
2015 May 25, The Syrian air
force leveled Islamic State "hideouts" and killed a large number of
its members around Palmyra's military air base. The British-based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State has
killed at least 217 people execution-style, including children,
since it moved into the Palmyra area 10 days ago. The United States
and its allies carried out 10 air strikes against Islamic State
militants in Syria in the last 24 hours.
2015 May 25, A Tunisian soldier
opened fire on fellow troops at a military barracks in Tunis,
killing 7 people before he was himself killed.
2015 May 25, The United Arab
Emirates laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space
agency that aims to integrate various arms of the Gulf federation's
burgeoning space industry.
2015 May 25, In Yemen local
Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the
southern city of Dalea, inflicting the first significant setback on
the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil war. In Taiz Houthi
fighters pushed back Sunni tribal and Islamist militiamen in heavy
street combat. Shelling hit a fuel storage tank which set off an
explosion, killing 10 people.
2016 May 25, The US Commodity
Futures Trading Commission announced two settlements with Citibank,
part of the big Wall Street bank Citigroup Inc. Citibank will pay
$425 million to settle federal civil charges of attempting to
manipulate key benchmarks used to set interest rates for investments
in derivatives and US Treasury bonds as well as a range of consumer
2016 May 25, In Novato, Ca.,
three suspects attacked two high school students on a hiking trail
near the Marin Country Club killing Edwin Josue Ramirez Guerra (17)
and wounding the other. Two teenage suspects were arrested the next
day. Police later said all involved were from Novato High School and
that the incident was possibly tied to an earlier sexual assault.
Javier Guevara (19), a purported gang member, was later identified
as the 3rd suspect. He reportedly used a machete to slash the
(SFC, 5/27/16, p.A14)(SFC, 5/28/16, p.C2)
2016 May 25, In Vallejo, Ca.,
Pearl Pinson (15) went missing after she was dragged into a car on
an I-780 overpass. Suspect Fernando Castro (19) was fatally shot by
Solano County police as he shot at officers in a Solvang mobile home
park. Pinson was last seen bleeding as she was dragged into a
vehicle by her kidnapper.
(SFC, 5/27/16, p.A14)(SFC, 1/31/19, p.A7)
2016 May 25, Florida Rep. David
Jolly said the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs had cut the benefits of
4,200 people nationwide between 2011 and 2015 after they were
wrongly declared dead. He had first raised the issue last November.
(SFC, 5/26/16, p.A6)
2016 May 25, In Pennsylvania
the Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed in Allentown 17 hours after
taking off from Dayton in the latest leg of its journey around the
(SFC, 5/26/16, p.A6)
2016 May 25, The Afghan Taliban
named Islamic legal scholar Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of former
leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's deputies, to succeed him. Within an
hour of the announcement a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a shuttle
bus carrying court employees west of Kabul, killing up to 11 people
and wounding several others, including children.
2016 May 25, Prominent
Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released on probation
following a storm of international protests about her imprisonment,
which has been widely seen as an attempt to silence a critical
2016 May 25, Brazil's Congress
authorized a major increase in the budget deficit, handing interim
president Michel Temer a first victory in his bid to tackle the
Latin American giant's sickly economy.
2016 May 25, In Brazil a video
was posted featuring the girl (16) naked on a bed and apparent
rapists bragging that she had been raped by more than 30 men. They
were suspected of assaulting her on May 21 in Rio de Janeiro. Online
social networks quickly erupted with outrage over the video as
police launched an investigation.
2016 May 25, A Democratic
Republic of Congo opposition group, the Citizen’s Front, angered by
a court decision to let President Joseph Kabila remain in office
beyond his term, vowed to hold nationwide protests in defiance of
bans imposed in some regions.
2016 May 25, The European
Union's agency for judicial cooperation said a Portuguese national
and a Russian were arrested in Rome last week on suspicion of being
involved in espionage for hire.
2016 May 25, The French oil
industry federation said France has started using its strategic oil
reserves for the first time since 2010 to counter union blockades of
its refineries. The industry said it has been using the strategic
reserves for two days. Workers at the hardline CGT union voted for a
24-hour strike at Nogent-sur-Seine nuclear plant.
2016 May 25, Greek police moved
hundreds more migrants out of Idomeni, the squalid tent city where
thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months, on the
second day of an operation likely to last a week.
2016 May 25, Indonesian Pres.
Joko Widodo issued a regulation that provides tougher penalties for
child rapists, including chemical castration and the death penalty.
2016 May 25, Iraqi troops
concentrated artillery fire on Falluja's northern and northeastern
neighborhoods. A Falluja hospital source said that six civilians
were killed and 11 wounded on Wednesday morning, raising the overall
death toll since the May 23 launch of the government offensive to 35
- 21 civilians and 14 militants.
2016 May 25, The Italian navy
said a large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized
off the coast of Libya, with some 550 people rescued and five found
dead so far. An estimated 100 people were missing from the
(Reuters, 5/25/16)(AP, 5/29/16)
2016 May 25, Italy's Mount
Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, erupted spewing red
torrents of lava into the sky.
2016 May 25, Kenya's opposition
said it is suspending weeks of protests to allow for talks with the
government after a heavy police crackdown, but warned they would
return if no action was taken.
2016 May 25, Liberia's
Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said the Chairman of the ruling
Unity Party Varney Sherman, parliamentary speaker Alex Tyler former
junior mining minister Ernest Jones all face charges, along with
London-based Sable Mining in a massive corruption scandal.
2016 May 25, Anti-slavery
campaigners said the jailing of two slave-owners this week and the
release of two leading anti-slavery activists from prison could mark
a turning point in Mauritania’s fight to eliminate the practice.
2016 May 25, Polish authorities
said they have started chopping down beetle-infested trees in parts
of the Bialowieza Forest, the country’s oldest forest, saying the
move aims to eliminate dying trees and to ensure safety for
2016 May 25, In South Sudan an
airport sniffer dog unit found 10 kg (22 pounds) of frozen pangolin
meat in the luggage of a Chinese national upon his arrival in Juba
from Paloich where he works as an oil engineer.
2016 May 25, Spanish police
said they have arrested 30 people suspected of illegally
distributing pay television content and of laundering the proceeds
by investing in bitcoin "mining" centers for processing transactions
in the digital currency.
2016 May 25, Ukrainian military
pilot Nadiya Savchenko (35) arrived home to scenes of jubilation
after her release by Russia in a prisoner swap and she promptly
offered to fight again for Kiev in its conflict with pro-Russian
separatists. Russian State television showed Alexander Alexandrov
and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, descending the steps of an aircraft at
Moscow's Vnukovo airport after being handed over by Kiev.
2016 May 25, In Yemen a
suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a mineral water factory
in Lahij. Security officials said death toll of a suspected
Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a family's house in the town
of el-Mahala, Lahj province. has been raised to 11, including four
children from one family.
2017 May 25, The US Senate
Foreign Relations Committee approved bipartisan legislation that
would authorize the president to levy new penalties on Iran while
keeping the landmark nuclear deal in place.
2017 May 25, Florida’s Gov.
Rick Scott signed law that will eliminate taxes on feminine hygiene
products starting in January. Florida joined 13 other states and the
District of Columbia in enacting such legislation.
(SFC, 5/26/17, p.A5)
2017 May 25, In Virginia the
Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that
blocks the Republican administration from temporarily suspending new
visas for six Muslim majority countries.
(SFC, 5/26/17, p.A5)
2017 May 25, A coalition of
central bankers, known as the FX Working Group (FXWG), unveiled a
global code of conduct for foreign exchange. Roughly $5 trillion is
traded every day in the FX market.
(Econ 5/27/17, p.66)
2017 May 25, In southern
Afghanistan at least 13 soldiers were killed and eight others
wounded in overnight fighting with Taliban insurgents at several
security checkpoints in Kandahar province.
2017 May 25, Meeting in Vienna
OPEC and other oil nations extended their production cuts in an
effort to shore up prices. US shale producers with crude prices
above $50 a barrel from lows of last year were increasingly moving
back into the market.
2017 May 25, A Bahrain court
sentenced 17 men to jail terms ranging from several years to life
imprisonment on charges of forming a terrorist cell.
2017 May 25, US President
Donald Trump told fellow NATO leaders in Brussels that the United
States would never stop fighting terrorism, calling the May 22
Manchester attacks "savage" and "barbaric," but made no explicit
mention of NATO's mutual defense pact. Trump vowed to crack down on
leaks that prompted Manchester police to withhold information from
the United States about the investigation into this week's bombing.
He also chastised NATO leaders for not paying their fair share to
protect the long-standing alliance. Trump also criticized Germany as
"very bad" on trade at a meeting with EU officials.
(Reuters, 5/25/17)(AP, 5/25/17)(Reuters, 5/26/17)
2017 May 25, Brazil's Pres.
Michael Temer cancelled an order to deploy the military to the
streets of the capital after criticism that the move, made a day
earlier, was excessive and merely an effort to hold onto power amid
increasing calls for his resignation.
2017 May 25, It was reported
that researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment
for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox
procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical
2017 May 25, British armed
police began patrolling trains for the first time, after the terror
threat level was raised to critical following the May 22 suicide
bombing in Manchester.
2017 May 25, China accused the
United States of trespassing after a US warship sailed near a reef
claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, the first such operation
by President Donald Trump's administration in the disputed waterway.
2017 May 25, Egyptian security
officials said separate attacks in restive northern Sinai peninsula
where Islamic militants are active have left four security personnel
2017 May 25, Indian police
arrested around 150 people protesting against a breakdown in law and
order in the eastern city of Kolkata, after street battles broke out
during a march to police headquarters and police cars were set
ablaze. Regional and national leaders from PM Narendra Modi's
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged the march to protest against a
perceived deterioration in security in the state of West Bengal,
which is ruled by a rival left-wing party.
2017 May 25, Iran’s
semi-official Fars news agency quoted a senior commander of the
elite Revolutionary Guard saying Iran has built a third underground
ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its
2017 May 25, Israel says it
will reduce the electricity supply to Gaza after officials in the
Palestinian government in the West Bank said payments would be
2017 May 25, Italy's culture
minister promised to fight a court ruling that removed the directors
of five museums credited with helping boost revenues after years of
poor management. The administrative court for the Lazio region,
which surrounds Rome, had ruled that the evaluation process was
confused and opaque, and questioned the hiring of foreigners to some
of the posts.
2017 May 25, An Italian court
opened the way for a class action lawsuit against automaker
Volkswagen over its emissions scandal.
2017 May 25, The last Japanese
troops withdrew from a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
2017 May 25, In Kenya five
police officers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb
in an attack claimed by Shabaab Islamists.
2017 May 25, Forces loyal to
the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), led by eastern-based
commander Khalifa Haftar, said they have taken full control of
Tamanhent air base in southern Libya following a long-standing
dispute with a rival faction from the western city of Misrata. The
air base had previously been controlled by the Third Force.
2017 May 25, Hamas put to death
three men it had accused of the March killing Mazen Faqha, a senior
member of the militant Islamic group that rules Gaza. Two men were
hanged and one was killed by firing squad.
2017 May 25, Philippine
security forces bombed residential areas in the southern city of
Marawi as they battled Islamist militants who were holding hostages
and reported to have murdered at least 11 civilians.
2017 May 25, Saudi Arabia's
largest telecommunications firm said it will set up a $500-million
venture capital fund to invest in start-up companies. The fund will
be managed independently of STC.
2017 May 25, Slovak prosecutors
took steps to ban a far-right party that won its first parliamentary
seats last year, saying it posed a threat to the country's
democratic system. The People's Party-Our Slovakia, which openly
admires Jozef Tiso, leader of a Nazi puppet state that ruled the
country during World War Two, won a larger-than-expected 8 percent
of the vote in national elections in March 2016.
2017 May 25, In Sri Lanka
flooding and landslides killed at least 200 people and left another
96 missing as the monsoon set in, dumping record rainfalls in many
parts of the island. Over 100,000 people displaced in southern and
(AFP, 5/26/17)(Reuters, 5/27/17)(AP, 5/28/17)(AP,
2017 May 25, The Syrian army
said it had retaken a swathe of territory from Islamic State in
southern Syria in a rapid advance near areas held by US-backed
Syrian rebels at the border with Jordan and Iraq.
2017 May 25, In eastern Syria
35 civilians were killed in US coalition raids on Mayadeen late
today, including 13 children.
(AFP, 5/26/17)(AP, 5/27/17)
2017 May 25, Thailand's
telecoms regulator said anyone wanting to use or buy a pre-paid SIM
card for a mobile phone in the deep south will have to have their
fingerprints verified and face scanned to stop insurgents from using
them to trigger bombs.
2017 May 25, Four Turkish
soldiers and a village guard were killed in two separate clashes
with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in eastern Turkey.
Three PKK militants, believed to be preparing for an attack, were
killed in air strikes targeting the Metina region of northern Iraq.
2017 May 25, Cybersecurity
company FireEye said hackers linked with Vietnam's government are
likely targeting Philippine state agencies to gather intelligence
related to the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
2018 May 25, US Defense
Secretary James Mattis said that a recently scrapped summit between
the leaders of the United States and North Korea may still take
place if diplomats can pull it off.
2018 May 25, The Trump
administration told Congress that it's reached a deal that would
allow Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in
2018 May 25, A tide of molten
rock turned a Hawaii street into a volcanic wasteland as the number
of homes destroyed by the erupting Kilauea volcano soared and
authorities told residents to flee a surge of lava heading towards
2018 May 25, In Indiana a male
student (13) armed with two handguns opened fire at the Noblesville
West Middle School wounding a teacher and another student. Science
teacher Jason Seaman swatted a gun from his hand and tackled him to
(SFC, 5/26/18, p.A7)(SFC, 6/12/18, p.A7)
2018 May 25, In NYC disgraced
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was arraigned in a Manhattan court,
charged with rape and a criminal sex act on two women. He agreed to
post bail at $1 million cash and was ordered fitted with a GPS
2018 May 25, In Texas police
officer Robert Lee (59) shot and killed his brother, deputy sheriff
Rocky Lee (57). Robert Lee was arrested the next morning at his home
in Stagecoach. Both men were off duty at the time.
(SSFC, 5/27/18, p.A8)
2018 May 25, Thousands of
Argentines protested the government's bid to secure a credit line
from the International Monetary Fund, which they blame for hardship
during a past financial crisis.
2018 May 25, Austrian police
arrested 24 suspects in an investigation of a Serbia-based drug ring
that allegedly rented houses in and around Vienna to grow marijuana.
2018 May 25, In Austria
signatories of the Iran nuclear deal met in Vienna in a bid to save
the agreement, as Iran warned the deal had been put "in intensive
care" by Washington's dramatic withdrawal earlier this month.
2018 May 25, Bangladesh PM
Sheikh Hasina called for international pressure on Myanmar to take
back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have sought
shelter in her country to escape military-led violence.
2018 May 25, Thousands of
Brazilian truckers angry over fuel price hikes blocked roads, the
fifth day of a strike that led thousands of schools to shutter. The
airport in Brasilia canceled flights as it ran out of fuel due to
(AP, 5/25/18)(AFP, 5/25/18)
2018 May 25, In London Grant
West (26) was sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in prison for
attacking some 100 companies worldwide, largely using 'phishing'
email scams to obtain financial data. London police reportedly
seized half a million pounds ($667,000) worth of bitcoin from the
prolific computer hacker.
2018 May 25, Prominent
far-right activist Tommy Robinson, a pseudonym of 35-year-old
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested at Leeds Crown Court in northern
England, where he was broadcasting details of an ongoing trial on
Facebook. He pleaded guilty to contempt of court and breaching the
terms of his suspended sentence and was jailed for 13 months.
2018 May 25, In Cameroon
government troops surrounded a hotel in Menka, one of Cameroon's
Anglophone regions, after they were tipped off to the presence of
separatist rebels. At least 34 people, including women and boys,
2018 May 25, In China a filing
from a customs bureau in Beijing budgeted 5.7 million yuan for
smartphone forensic tools from two providers, Meiya Pico and
Resonant Ltd. It listed messaging platforms and "overseas" apps the
devices could read. China spent roughly 1.24 trillion yuan on
domestic security in 2017, accounting for 6.1 percent of total
government spending and more than was spent on the military.
2018 May 25, Colombia's
President Juan Manuel Santos said that his country's entry into the
NATO military alliance's global partnership program will take place
next week in Brussels.
2018 May 25, Colombia's chief
prosecutor's office said that Jhon Jairo Velasquez, a former hit man
for the late drug lord Pablo Escobar, has been re-arrested in
Medellin. Velasquez, known by his nickname Popeye, was paroled in
2014 after confessing to hundreds of murders and spending 22 years
in jail for plotting the assassination of a former Colombian
2018 May 25, In Cuba one of the
survivors of the plane crash just outside Havana airport last week
died, raising the death toll from one of Cuba's worst air disasters
2018 May 25, Estonia's police
Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) said that besides more than $6
billion laundered via Estonian banks in schemes discovered by
national financial inspection agencies, a further unreported 7.3
billion euros was channeled via Estonian banks through the sale of
Russian stocks and bonds.
2018 May 25, French union
officials said the government has agreed to absorb 35 billion euros
in debt from the state railway SNCF, raising the chances of an end
to nearly two months of strikes.
2018 May 25, German magazine
Der Spiegel reported that Daimler faces a recall order for more than
600,000 diesel-engine vehicles including C-Class and G-Class models
because of suspected emissions manipulation.
2018 May 25, Ireland held a
referendum to decide whether the eighth amendment of the
constitution is repealed or stays in place. The amendment requires
authorities to equally protect the right to life of a mother and
that of a fetus from the moment of conception, effectively banning
all abortions, except in cases when the woman's life is at risk.
Ireland voted by a landslide to liberalize its highly restrictive
(AP, 5/25/18)(Reuters, 5/26/18)
2018 May 25, Israel called on
the European Union to halt funding to more than a dozen European and
Palestinian non-governmental organizations that it says promote
boycotts against Israel, saying the financial support violates the
EU's stated policy that it opposes boycotts against the Jewish
2018 May 25, Chris Foot, the
head of Kenya's film commission, slammed a decision to impose a
domestic ban on "Rafiki," a Kenya-made film about lesbian love that
received a standing ovation at this month's Cannes festival.
2018 May 25, In eastern Libya a
car bombing on a busy street in Benghazi killed at least seven
people, including a girl, and wounded 20.
2018 May 25, The UN migration
and refugee agencies reported that about 140 East African migrants
escaped from smugglers holding them captive near the Libyan town of
Bani Walid earlier this week.
2018 May 25, Malaysian police
said the cash stashed in bags at an apartment linked to former PM
Najib Razak and seized in a money-laundering investigation amounted
to 114 million ringgit ($28.6 million).
2018 May 25, The Netherlands
and Australia announced they were holding Moscow legally responsible
for its role in the July 17, 2014, missile attack and downing of
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine nearly four years ago.
2018 May 25, Ten international
NGOs including Amnesty International and Oxfam called for the
release of 26 civil society activists detained since March 25 after
a banned demonstration in Niamey, Niger.
2018 May 25, North Korea said
that it's still willing to sit for talks with the United States "at
any time, (in) any format".
2018 May 25, Cyclone Mekunu
strengthened in intensity as it bore down on southern Oman, lashing
the coast with high winds and rain.
2018 May 25, Yasser Habib (24),
a Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces in recent clashes along the
Gaza border, died. At least 115 Palestinians have been killed by
Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip since mass demonstrations broke out
on March 30.
2018 May 25, In the Philippines
Australian nun Patricia Fox (71), who irked the Philippine president
by joining political rallies, defied an Immigration Bureau order to
leave the country and appealed to justice officials to allow her to
continue her missionary work for the poor and victims of injustice.
2018 May 25, South African
President Cyril Ramaphosa authorized an investigation into
allegations of irregularities and unlawful conduct at several
2018 May 25, Spanish opposition
parties launched a fierce campaign to end the conservative
government of Mariano Rajoy after courts ruled that his Popular
Party profited from a large kickbacks-for-contracts scheme.
2018 May 25, A Syrian
war-monitoring group said suspected Israeli strikes hit the Dabaa
airbase overnight in central Syria housing Lebanon's militant
Hezbollah group alongside other factions allied with the Damascus
2018 May 25, Turkish police
said at least 51 suspected Islamic State militants have been
detained in simultaneous raids around Istanbul.
2018 May 25, Uganda police said
22 people were killed after a speeding passenger bus struck a
tractor and then a beer truck on its way to Kampala. A Uganda Red
Cross statement said that the crash killed more than 40.
2018 May 25, Yemeni officials
said 40 people, among them Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals,
are missing after Cyclone Mekunu battered the island of Socotra.
2019 May 25, President Donald
Trump needled Japan over the US-Japan trade imbalance as he kicked
off a state visit to the country that's been tailor-made to his
whims and ego.
2019 May 25, In Florida a
driver struck and killed three soccer teammates who were waiting for
their bus in North Miami.
(SSFC, 5/26/19, p.A10)
2019 May 25, In Hawaii a man
(65) from California was killed by a shark while swimming in the
Ka'anpali Beach park area on Maui. The victim was missing his left
leg from the knee down.
(SFC, 5/27/19, p.A4)
2019 May 25, In Chicago a woman
(84) died and 12 people were injured in a crash late today involving
two police cruisers and other vehicles. Ten police officers were
among those injured.
(SFC, 5/28/19, p.A4)
2019 May 25, In Michigan three
people were killed and two people left wounded at a Detroit home.
Police later said the victims were targeted by suspect Devon
Robinson (18) because they were gay or transgender.
(SFC, 6/8/19, p.A5)
2019 May 25, In Oklahoma a
tornado touched down in El Reno and tore through the Skyview Estates
mobile home park leaving two people dead.
(SFC, 5/27/19, p.A4)
2019 May 25, In Virginia ten
people were shot, one fatally, when gun violence erupted late today
at a party in Chesapeake.
(SFC, 5/27/19, p.A4)
2019 May 25, Afghan officials
said heavy flooding has killed at least 24 people and injured 11
others in the past 48 hours as a new wave of heavy rains swept parts
of the country.
2019 May 25, In Bolivia
organizers of the Lord Jesus of the Great Power Festival, which
fuses Andean and Catholic cultures, chose Steffany Arriaza Cabezas
as the queen to head the June 21 annual event which will mobilize
74,000 dancers and more than 4,000 musicians in the Bolivian city of
2019 May 25, British climber
Robin Haynes Fisher (44), too weak to descend from Mount Everest,
died. He was the eighth climber to die on the world’s tallest
mountain and the 18th in Nepal's Himalayas during the current
2019 May 25, In western Congo
DRC at least 30 people were killed and 200 left missing after a boat
sank late today on Mai-Ndombe. Many of those aboard were teachers
who had traveled to collect salaries due to poor roads.
(SFC, 5/27/19, p.A2)
2019 May 25, In France South
Korean director Bong Joon-ho's raucous social satire "Parasite,"
about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family,
won the Cannes Film Festival's top award, the Palme d'Or.
2019 May 25, Germany's
government commissioner on anti-Semitism warned Jews about the
potential dangers of wearing the traditional kippah cap in the face
of rising anti-Jewish attacks.
2019 May 25, In India Rahul
Gandhi announced his resignation as leader of India's Congress Party
after losing a second general election to PM Narendra Modi.
2019 May 25, In Indonesia Mount
Agung volcano erupted overnight on the holiday island of Bali,
causing some flight cancellations to and from Australia as an ash
cloud rose into the sky.
2019 May 25, Iran denounced a
US move to deploy 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East as "a
threat to international peace".
2019 May 25, Pakistani police
said six people have been arrested for allegedly collecting funds
for two outlawed militant organizations.
2019 May 25, Trade
unionist-turned-businessman Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as South
Africa's president, vowing to create jobs and tackle deep-rooted
corruption that has strangled economic growth.
2019 May 25, In Sri Lanka Dr.
Segu Shihabdeen Mohamed Shafi was arrested. Police said he was
accused of acquiring properties with money of a suspicious origin.
2019 May 25, Senior opposition
officials and rebel sources said Turkey has equipped an array of
mainstream Syrian rebels it backs with fresh supplies of weaponry to
help them try to repel a major Russian-backed assault.
2019 May 25, Taiwan said it is
changing the name of its de-facto embassy in the US amid the
strongest relations between the sides in decades. The foreign
ministry tweeted that the Coordination Council for North American
Affairs was being renamed the Taiwan Council for US Affairs.
2019 May 25, A UN maritime
tribunal ruled that Russia must immediately release three Ukrainian
naval vessels captured by Russia in November and also free the 24
sailors it detained.
2020 May 25, US President
Donald Trump warned that he may move the Republican National
Convention from North Carolina set for August if the event faces
state social distancing restrictions as a result of the coronavirus.
2020 May 25, It was reported
that companies that contaminated soil and water at a former
recycling plant in southern California have agreed to pay $4.5
million to help clean the Superfund site. Omega Chemical Corp. in
Whittier had recycled refrigerants and solvents from 1976-1991.
(SFC, 5/25/20, p.A3)
2020 May 25, California
to date had 94,590 cases of coronavirus and 3,756 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 12,505 cases and 426 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached
over 1,653,904 with the death toll at 97,948.
2020 May 25, Richard Branson's
Virgin Orbit failed on its first attempt to launch a test satellite
into space aboard a rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and
released over the Pacific off the coast of California.
(SFC, 5/26/20, p.A3)
2020 May 25, University of
Connecticut senior Peter Manfredonia (23) went on the run after
allegedly killing two men, injuring another and kidnapping a girl
during a Memorial Day crime spree across at least three states.
(The Independent, 5/25/20)
2020 May 25, In Minnesota
George Floyd (46) died after appearing to yell "I can't breathe" as
a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground and put his
knee on the man's neck for about eight minutes, prompting the FBI
and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to step in and
investigate. Four police officers involved were fired the following
(NBC News, 5/26/20)(AP, 5/26/20)(Econ., 7/6/20,
2020 May 25, Missouri's health
director issued a dire warning after photos and video showed
Memorial Day weekend revelers partying close together. Missouri has
confirmed 11,988 cases of COVID-19 and 681 deaths.
(SFC, 5/26/20, p.A5)
2020 May 25, In Australia
remnants of Cyclone Mangga battered a vast stretch of the western
coast for a 2nd day.
(SFC, 5/26/20, p.A2)
2020 May 25, Burundi's election
commission declared ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye
(52) as the winner of the May 20 presidential election with 69% of
(SFC, 5/26/20, p.A2)
2020 May 25, Egypt’s medical
union blamed the government for increasing levels of coronavirus
infections and deaths among healthcare professionals, its sharpest
criticism yet of the country’s handling of the pandemic.
2020 May 25, Germany-based
Bayer said it had made progress seeking a settlement over claims its
glyphosate-based Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, after Bloomberg
reported the company reached a verbal agreement on about 50,000 to
2020 May 25, Germany-based
Siemens Healthineers said it stands ready to ramp up production of
its antibody test to more than 50 million per month from June as
governments across the world are keen to identify those who may have
developed immunity to the coronavirus.
2020 May 25, Iran reopened
major Shiite shrines across the Islamic republic, more than two
months after they were closed, as it reported its lowest deaths from
coronavirus since March.
2020 May 25, A resident of the
Kathua district of Indian-administered Kashmir, reported a bird -
painted pink and carrying a coded ring tagged to its foot - flew
into her home late today. The Indian Border Security Force passed
the pigeon on to the police, who launched an investigation and
logged the animal as a ‘Pak Suspected Spy.’
(The Telegraph, 5/26/20)
2020 May 25, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe lifted a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other
remaining areas, ending nationwide restrictions as businesses began
(SFC, 5/26/20, p.A4)
2020 May 25, It was reported
that some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon are growing
more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in,
coupled with coronavirus restrictions.
2020 May 25, Libya's
UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) accused opposition
forces under Khalifa Haftar of planting mines in houses before
pulling back from their positions in the south of the capital.
2020 May 25, A court in the
Netherlands rejected a suit brought by a group seeking to halt the
country's 5G telecommunications network rollout over possible health
2020 May 25, Fifty trafficked
Nigerian women, rescued from Lebanon, returned home. A further 19
Nigerians, stranded in Lebanon because of Covid-19 lockdowns, were
2020 May 25, Russian
prosecutors asked a Moscow court to sentence former US Marine Paul
Whelan (50) to 18 years in prison on espionage charges, wrapping up
a high-profile trial that has put additional pressure on the
country's relations with Washington. The Moscow City Court is
expected to hand down a verdict on June 15.
(CBS News, 5/25/20)
2020 May 25, Spain's health
ministry revised the country's coronavirus death toll down by nearly
2,000 to 26,834 after checking data provided by regions. The total
number of cases recorded since the outbreak began was also been
revised down, and is now 235,400.
2020 May 25, Suriname held
elections. Chandrikapersad Santokhi (61), a former minister of
justice and police, was expected to become the next president.
(SFC, 6/1/20, p.A2)
2020 May 25, Sweden reported
that deaths from COVID-19 had risen to 4,029 from 3,998 a day
earlier while the number of confirmed cases amounted to 33,843 up
2020 May 25, Traffic returned
to a major highway in northeastern Syria for the first time in seven
months, following Russian mediation to reopen parts of the road
captured last year by Turkey-backed opposition fighters.
2020 May 25, Zambia's President
Edgar Lungu pardoned two men who were jailed last year for having
sex with each other. They were listed among the names of nearly
3,000 prisoners to be pardoned to mark Africa Freedom Day.