Today in History - May 25

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528BC    May 25, Buddha overcame Mara, and attained the Awakening.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.22)

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 (608-15), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

709        May 25, Aldhelmus (~69) of Ealdhelm, England, abbot, bishop, poet, saint, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

946        May 25, Edmund the Older, king of Wessex, England, (939-46), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1125        May 25, Hendrik V, last Salische German king, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1241        May 25, 1st attack on Jewish community of Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1261        May 25, Alexander IV [Rinaldo dei conti di Segni], Pope (1254-61), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

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, 5/25/02)

1510        May 25, Georges d'Amboise (49), French cardinal, viceroy in North Italy, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1522        May 25, Emperor Karel I returned to Spain.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1550        May 25, Camillus de Lellis, Italian soldier, monastery founder, saint, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1555        May 25, Gemma Frisius (46), Frisian geographer, astronomer, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1632        May 25, Albrecht von Wallenstein recaptured Prague on Saksen.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1659        May 25, Richard Cromwell resigned as English Lord Protector.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1713        May 25, John Stuart 3rd earl of Bute, English premier (1760-63), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1720        May 25, "Le Grand St. Antoine" reached Marseille, plague killed 80,000.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1721        May 25, John Copson became America's 1st insurance agent.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1726        May 25, Giuseppi Paolucci, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1729        May 25, Jean de Neufville, Dutch-US merchant (started 4th English war), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1765        May 25, The Gambia was made a part of the British colony of SeneGambia with its headquarters at St. Louis.
    (http://www.vdiest.nl/gambia.htm)
1765        May 25, Pierre-Joseph Le Blan (53), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1767        May 25, Ferdinand Franzl, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1767        May 25, Friedrich Johann Eck, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1779        May 25, Henry M. Baron de Kock, Dutch officer, politician, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1781        May 25, Ferdinand, archduke of Austria-Este, Governor-General (Sicily), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1784        May 25, Jews were expelled from Warsaw by Marshall Mniszek.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

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 delegates.
    (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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1821        May 25, Klemens von Metternich (1773-1858) became chancellor of Austria.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klemens_von_Metternich)(Econ, 11/15/14, p.84)

1825        May 25, American Unitarian Association was founded.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1826        May 25, Christian Friedrich Ruppe (72), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1830        May 25, Jules de Geyter, Belgian poet (International), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1839        May 25, John Eliot, English meteorologist, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1844        May 25, The first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, appeared in the Baltimore "Patriot."
    (AP, 5/25/97)

1847        May 25, Alphonse Goovaerts, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1847        May 25, John Alexander Dowie [Elijah the Restorer], US evangelist, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1849        May 25, Andreas Michiels (52), Dutch Military Governor of West Sumatra, died in battle.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1851        May 25, Jose Justo de Urquiza of Argentina led a rebellion against his former ally, the absolute ruler Juan Manuel de Rosas.
    (HN, 5/25/99)

1852        May 25, Louis Franchet d'Espèrey [Desperate Frankey], French marshal (WWI), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1861        May 25, John Merryman was arrested under suspension of writ of habeas corpus. This later sparked a supreme court decision protecting the writ.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1862        May 25, Battle of Winchester, VA.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1862        May 25, Johann N. Nestroy (60) Austrian actor (Einmal Keine Sorgen Haben), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

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.
    (HN, 5/25/99)

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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1865        May 25, John Raleigh Mott, organizer (YMCA, Nobel 1946), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1865        May 25, Pieter Zeeman, Dutch physicist (Zeeman effect, Nobel 1902), was born. 
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1870        May 25, Irish Fenians raided Eccles Hill, Quebec.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1877        May 25, Billy Murray, singer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1879        May 25, W. Maxwell Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, Canada-English banker, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1882        May 25, Harry Fox, entertainer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1886        May 25, Philip Murray, founder of Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), was born.
    (HN, 5/25/98)

1887        May 25, Gas lamp at Paris Opera caught fire and 200 died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1888        May 25, Miles Malleson, writer, actor (Phantom of Opera, Postman's Knock), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1889        May 25, Gilardo Gilardi, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1889        May 25, Sverre Jordan, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1894        May 25, Dirk Vansina, Flemish playwright (Verschaeve Gives Evidence), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1895        May 25, Playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison.
    (AP, 5/25/08)
1895        May 25, Ahmed Djevdet Pasja (73), Turkish minister of Justice, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1896        May 25, Jan N. Bakhuizen van den Brink, theologist, church historian, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1898        May 25, Bennett Cerf, publisher, founder of Random House, was born.
    (HN, 5/25/01)
1898        May 25, Gustav Regler, writer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1898        May 25, Mischa Levitzki, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1899        May 25, Marie-Rosalie "Rosa" Bonheur (68), French painter, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

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.
    (Econ, 9/12/09, p.14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacey_Act)

1901        May 25, Milenko Zivkovic, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1902        May 25, Helvi Lemmikke Leiviska, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1904        May 25, Kurt George Hugo Thomas, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1905        May 25, Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adventures of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1905        May 25, Joseph C. Harsch, newscaster (Background), was born in Toledo, OH.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1907        May 25, U Nu, premier Burma (1948-58, 1960-62), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1908        May 25, David Lean, British director (Lawrence of Arabia), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1911        May 25, Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico, resigned his office under pressure from the revolution.
    (HN, 5/25/98)(SC, 5/25/02)

1912        May 25, Eddie Maxwell, singer (Yes We Have No Bananas), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1913        May 25, Joseph Peter Grace, businessman, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1914        May 25, Paolo Giorza (81), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1914        May 25, British House of Commons passed Irish Home Rule.
    (HN, 5/25/98)

1915        May 25, Daniel Wolf, journalist, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1915        May 25, 2nd Battle of Ypres ended with 105,000 casualties.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1916        May 25, Virginia Ginny Simms, actress, singer (Kay Kyser Band), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1917        May 25, Steve Cochran, actor (Mozambique, Gay Senotiys, Dallas), was born in Eureka, CA.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1917        May 25, Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1917        May 25, Theodore Hesburgh, ex-president of Notre Dame, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1917        May 25, Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur (72), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1918        May 25, Claude Akins Nelson, actor (BJ & Bear, Movin' On, Lobo), was born in GA.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1919        May 25, Gino Negri, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1922        May 25, Babe Ruth was suspended for 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1923        May 25, John Weitz, spy, author, fashion designer (Friends in High Places), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1923        May 25, Britain recognized Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1924        May 25, Theodore Morse (51), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1925        May 25, Aldo Clementi, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1925        May 25, Jeanne Crain, actress (Man Without a Star), was born in Barstow, CA.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1925        May 25, John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwinian theory in school.
    (HN, 5/25/98)

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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1926        May 25, M von der Grün, writer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1926        May 25, Symon Petlyura (47), leader of Ukraine (pogroms), was assassinated.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1927        May 25, Robert Ludlum, spy novelist (Bourne Identity), was born in NYC.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1927        May 25, Henry Ford stopped production of the Model T car and began the Model A.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1928        May 25, Frigyes Hidas, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1928        May 25, Mary Tuck, social researcher, civil servant, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1929        May 25, David S. Ruder, 23rd chairman of Securities & Exchange Commission, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1932        May 25, Georgi Mikhailovich Grechko, USSR cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1934        May 25, David J. Burke, writer, was born in Liverpool, England.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1934        May 25, Ron Nesson, press secretary (Gerald Ford), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1934        May 25, Bela Bartok's "Enchanted Deer" premiered.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1934        May 25, Gustav Theodore Holst (59), English composer (Ode to Death), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1935        May 25, Barbara Harris, US actress (Family Plot, Plaza Suite), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1935        May 25, Jesse Owens set six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    (HN, 5/25/99)
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, KY.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1936        May 25, Jan Levoslav Bella (52), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1937        May 25, 1st airmail letter to circle the globe returned to New York.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1937        May 25, Henry O. Tanner, artist, died. 
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1938        May 25, Raymond Carver, American writer, was born.
    (HN, 5/25/01)

1939        May 25, Dixie [Virginia] Carter, actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night), was born in McLemoresville, TN.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1939        May 25, Ian McKellen, actor (Keep, Plenty, Scarlet Pimpernel), was born in England.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1939        May 25, Joseph Duveen (b.1869), Dutch-Jewish art collector, died in London. In 2004 Meryle Secrest authored “Duveen: A Life in Art."
    (Econ, 11/20/04, p.86)(www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9031630)

1940        May 25, The Golden Gate International Expo reopened.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1940        May 25, German troops conquered Boulogne.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1941        May 25, Some 5,000 drowned in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1942        May 25, Bill Young, rocker, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1942        May 25, Brian "Blinky" Davison, rocker, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1943        May 25, Leslie Uggams, singer, actress (Leslie Uggams Show, Roots), was born in NYC.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1943        May 25, Wynand C. Malan, South African lawyer, NP/DP-politician, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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.
    (HN, 5/25/99)
1943        May 25, There was a riot at Mobile, Al., shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1944        May 25, Frank Oz, puppeteer (Sesame St, Muppet Show), was born in Heresford, England.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1944        May 25, Robert Michael Payton, pizza magnate, was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1944        May 25, Partisan leader Tito escaped the Germans surrounding Bosnia.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1945        May 25, Arthur C. Clark proposed relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1945        May 25, A B-29 mission against Tokyo cost 26 Superfortresses, 5.6 percent of the 464 dispatched from the Marianas.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lo5eu8x)

1946        May 25, Janet E[llen] Morris, US sci-fi author (Golden Sword, Tempus), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1946        May 25, Patty Smith Hill (78), songwriter (Happy Birthday To You), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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 of Light."
    (WSJ, 6/9/07, p.P8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Petiot)(Reuters, 11/10/11)
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 Phoenix.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1947        May 25, Karen Valentine, actress (Love American Style, Room 222), was born in Santa Rosa, CA.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1947        May 25, Mitch Margo, rocker (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1948        May 25, Klaus Meine, rocker (Scorpions-No One Like You), was born in Hanover, Germany.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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 infiltrated Auschwitz to spy on what was happening there.
    (Econ, 1/30/10, p.61)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witold_Pilecki)

1949        May 25, Jamaica Kincaid, author (Annie John, Lucy), was born in Antigua as Elaine P. Richardson.
    (HN, 5/25/01)(SC, 5/25/02)
1949        May 25, Chinese Red army occupied Shanghai.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1949        May 25, Simon H. Spoor (47), intelligence officer, general (WWII), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1950        May 25, Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel opened in NYC.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1951        May 25, Clifford Archer, bassist (Atlantic Starr-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1951        May 25, New York Giant Willie Mays went 0 for 5 in his 1st major league game.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1953        May 25, Jane Priest, Prince Charles' lover, was born in Perth, Australia.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1953        May 25, Rich Alves, singer (Pirates of the Mississippi-Fred Jake), was born in Pleasanton, CA.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1953        May 25, 1st non-commercial educational television station began in Houston, TX.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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 Capa."
    (SFEM, 1/12/97, BR p.9)(SFEM,12/21/97, p.7)(WSJ, 4/20/98, p.A20)

1955        May 25, Connie Selleca, actress (Hotel, Captain America II), was born in Bronx, NY.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1955        May 25, Series of 19 twisters destroyed Udall, KS., and most of Blackwell, OK.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1956        May 25, Pope Pius XII published his encyclical Haurietis aquas.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1957        May 25, "Shinbone Alley" closed at Broadway Theater in NYC after 49 performances.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1958        May 25, Paul Weller, guitar (Jam-This is the Modern World, Style Council), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1959        May 25, US Supreme Court ruled that Louisiana’s prohibition of black-white boxing was unconstitutional.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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 Pacific Expo.
    (SSFC, 5/24/09, DB p.39)
1959        May 25, Cathryn Harrison, actress (Old Woman in Black Moon), was born in London, England.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1959        May 25, Khrushchev visited Angola.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1960        May 25, Benoît van Innis, Belgian cartoonist, painter, (New York Post), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1962        May 25, Isley Brothers released "Twist & Shout."
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1962        May 25, US performed an atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1962        May 25, US unions AFL-CIO started campaign for a 35-hour work week.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1963        May 25, "Hot Spot" closed at Majestic Theater in NYC after 43 performances.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1963        May 25, The Organization of African Unity (OAU) was founded, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia. In 2001 it was replaced the African Union.
    (AP, 5/25/97)(SFC, 7/12/01, p.A12)(SC, 5/25/02)

1964        May 25, In the16th Emmy Awards the winners included the Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1964        May 25, Frank Gilroy's "Subject is Roses" premiered in NYC.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1964        May 25, Ground was broken for a new stadium in St Louis.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1964        May 25, Supreme Court ruled that closing schools to avoid desegregation is unconstitutional.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1964        May 25, Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov (92), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1965        May 25, Mark Knight, rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals), was born in California.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1965        May 25, Remco Prins, Dutch rock guitarist/vocalist (Burma Shave-Stash), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1965        May 25, Roef-Ragas, Dutch actor (Missing Link, Red Rain, Juju, Mykosch), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1965        May 25, Muhammad Ali KO’d Sonny Liston in 1st round for heavyweight boxing title.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1965        May 25, Sonny Boy Williamson [Aleck Miller], blues player, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1965        May 25, India and Pakistan engaged in border fights.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1966        May 25, Peru and Argentina soccer fans fought in Lima and 248 died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1967        May 25, John Lennon took delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce. He had acquired the Phantom V on June 3, 1965.
    (www.blogcatalog.com/blog/jinxi-boo/cc59e352cc28925ddae7f1497e6cd46c)

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 Stewart Udall.
    (AP, 5/25/08)
1968        May 25, Charles K. Feldman, film producer, died. His film productions included Casino Royale (1967).
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0271012/)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_von_K%C3%BCchler)
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 p.5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Bell)

1969        May 25, Anne Heche, actress, was born in Aurora, OH. Her films included “Donnie Brasco" (1997) and “Volcano" (1997).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Heche)
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."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Borlenghi)
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.
    (www.nndb.com/films/794/000032698/)
1969        May 25, The Israeli Army made the first of four unsuccessful assaults on Arab forces in the town of Latrun, Israel.
    (HN, 5/25/99)
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.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.343)(www.shipsonstamps.org/Topics/html/kontiki.htm)
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 socialist leaders.
    (http://countrystudies.us/sudan/23.htm)(AP, 5/31/09)

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."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsay_and_Sidney_Greenbush)
1970        May 25, Michael B. Enyaer, writer (Pilot One), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1971        May 25, Justin Henry Rye, actor (Kramer vs. Kramer, 16 Candles), was born in Rye, NY.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Henry)
1971        May 25, Jo Etha Collier (18), a black woman, was killed by 3 drunken white males in Drew, Miss.
    (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=54001&GRid=26897581&)
1971        May 25, Mark Brunswick (b.1902), American composer, died in London.
    (www.answers.com/topic/mark-brunswick)
1971        May 25, Terence De Marney (b.1908), English film and TV actor, died.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0210117/)
1971        May 25, USSR performed a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan, Semipalitinsk.
    (www.ldeo.columbia.edu/res/pi/Monitoring/Arch/sts-table/sts-table.html)

1972        May 25, The final US CORONA reconnaissance satellite was launched.
    (www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB186/index.htm)

1973        May 25, George Harrison released "Give Me Love" in UK.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Give_Me_Love_(Give_Me_Peace_on_Earth))
1973        May 25, Argentine Peronist Hector Campora (1909-1980) was installed as president.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A9ctor_Jos%C3%A9_C%C3%A1mpora)

1974        May 25, Donald Crisp (b.1882), English film actor and director, died in California.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Crisp)
1974        May 25, Pam Morrison (b.1946), wife of Door's vocalist Jim, died of drug overdose in Los Angeles.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamela_Courson)

1975        May 25, The Golden Gate Warriors won the NBA title in a 4-game sweep over the Washington Bullets.
    (SFC, 4/26/10, p.A8)(www.nba.com/history/finals/19741975.html)
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 Burkina Faso).
    (www.sec.ecowas.int/sitecedeao/english/achievements.htm)

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.
    (AP, 5/25/00)

1977        May 25, "Brady Bunch Hour" last aired on ABC-TV.
    (www.tv.com/the-brady-bunch-hour/show/549/summary.html)
1977        May 25, US performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
    (www.iss.niiit.ru/ksenia/catal_nt/3_8.htm)
1977        May 25, Dutch social democratic party won parliamentary election.
    (http://electionresources.org/nl/house.php?election=1977)

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 the ground.
    (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.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)(Econ, 4/28/12, p.36)(SFC, 5/9/15, p.A6)
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 area demilitarized.
    (www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/time70s.html)(AP, 1/31/11)

1980        May 25, "Musical Chairs" closed at Rialto Theater in NYC after 15 performances.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=4852)

1981        May 25, Daredevil Daniel Goodwin, wearing a “Spiderman" costume, scaled the outside of Chicago’s Sears Tower in seven and a-half hours.
    (AP, 5/25/01)
1981        May 25, Roy James Brown (b.1925), RB singer, died of a heart attack. His hits included “Good Rockin' Tonight" (1947).
    (http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:Roy%20Brown:1927000246:page=biography)
1981        May 25, Rosa Ponselle (b.1897), Metropolitan Opera diva, died in Maryland.
    (BS, 5/12/01, p.8D)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Ponselle)
1981        May 25, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman established the Gulf Cooperation Council to strengthen economic and cultural ties with security at the top of the agenda. The agreement was signed Nov 11, 1981.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Cooperation_Council)

1982        May 25, Larry J. Blake (b.1914), character actor (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), died.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0086627/)
1982        May 24- 1982 May 25, Iranian troops reconquered Khorramshahr.
    (www.iran-daily.com/1384/2279/html/art.htm)

1983        May 25, "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars 3) was released.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0086190/)
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 Manhattan.
    (www.vdem.state.va.us/newsroom/missingchildrensday2007.cfm)
1983        May 25, France performed a nuclear test at Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific.
    (http://tinyurl.com/33meyn)
1983        May 25, Sydney Box (b.1907), British academy award producer, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Box)

1984        May 25, Piet Ketting (b.1904), Dutch pianist, conductor, composer, died.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2tpeyt)

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.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)
1985        May 25, Robert Nathan (b.1894), US writer, poet (Portrait of Jennie), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Nathan)

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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yjfo9s)(AP, 2/3/06)
1986        May 25, Virgilio Barco (1921-1997) was elected President of Colombia. He served from 1986 to 1990.
    (http://sshl.ucsd.edu/collections/las/colombia/1985.html)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Bowles)

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.
    (AP, 5/25/97)

1988        May 25, President Reagan left for a trip to the Soviet Union and a superpower summit with Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
    (AP, 5/25/98)

1989        May 25, Weird Al Yankovic recorded "She Drives Like Crazy."
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1989        May 25, Eastern Airlines graduated its 1st class of non-union pilots.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1989        May 25, The Calgary Flames won their first Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens in game six of their championship series.
    (AP, 5/25/99)
1989        May 25, Mikhail Gorbachev was elected Executive President in the Soviet Union.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

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."
    (AP, 5/25/00)
1990        May 25, Vic Tayback (60), actor (Mel-Alice), died of a heart attack.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0851861/)

1991        May 25, "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hit #35.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1991        May 25, Foreigners fled the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa as rebels closed in on the city.
    (AP, 5/25/01)
1991        May 25, Israel completed “Operation Solomon," which had evacuated 15,000 Ethiopian Jews to their promised land.
    (AP, 5/25/01)

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.
    (WSJ, 1/21/97, p.A18)(http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/sig_1992.html)
1992        May 25, Philip Habib (72), career US diplomat, died in Puligny-Montrachet, France.
    (AP, 5/25/97)
1992        May 25, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro was elected President of Italy.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1992        May 25, Johan B.W. Polak (63) publisher, publicist (Bloom of Décadence), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1992        May 25, Nancy Walker (71), actress (Ida Morgenstein-Rhoda), died of cancer.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1992        May 25, Viktor Grishin (78), hardline soviet communist, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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 violence.
    (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 mismanagement.
    (AP, 5/25/98)
1993        May 25, Dan Seymour (78), actor (Bombs over Burma, Intrigue, Watusi), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1993        May 25, Louise Tazewell (93), entertainer, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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.
    (SFC, 10/12/97, p.A18)(www.state.hi.us/jud/20606.htm)
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 appointed.
    (SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-11)(www.un.org/icty/glance-e/index.htm)

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.
    (AP, 5/25/99)
1994        May 25, Eric Gale (55), guitarist, died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
1994        May 25, Palau became an independent nation.
    (www.touristspots.org/badrulchau-in-babeldaob-palau/)

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.
    (AP, 5/25/00)
1995        May 25, Dany Robin (68), French actress (Follow the Boys, Topaz, Julietta), died in a fire in her Paris apartment.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0732184/bio)
1995        May 25, Dick Curless (b.1932), singer, songwriter, died.
    (http://koti.mbnet.fi/wdd/curlessbio.htm)

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."
    (AP, 5/25/97)
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.
    (http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Obituary/1996/literature.html)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/b7c2u)(SC, 5/25/02)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/98)
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.
    (SC, 5/25/02)
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 at 5,000.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/16/12)

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 security."
    (SFC, 5/25/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/25/99, p.a1)(AP, 5/25/04)
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 hung juries.
    (AP, 5/25/00)
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 campaign.
    (SFC, 5/26/99, p.C2)(SFC, 5/27/99, p.A13)(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A14)
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 rolling over.
    (AP, 5/25/01)
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 reformists.
    (AP, 5/25/01)
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 independent media.
    (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 black viewpoint.
    (AP, 5/25/02)
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 year.
    (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 killed.
    (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 themselves.
    (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 were killed.
    (SSFC, 5/26/2, p.A14)(SFC, 5/27/02, p.A7)(AP, 5/25/07)
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, 5/25/03)

2003        May 25, Gil de Ferran won the Indianapolis 500.
    (AP, 5/25/04)
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.
    (AP, 6/11/03)
2003        May 25, Nestor Kirchner took office as Argentina's sixth president in 18 months.
    (AP, 5/25/03)
2003        May 25, Armenians went to the polls to select a parliament.
    (AP, 5/25/03)
2003        May 25, Canada health officials reported that SARS had killed three more people in Ontario.
    (Reuters, 5/26/03)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/03)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/03)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/03)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/03)
2003        May 25, In Spain PM Jose Maria Aznar's party held its ground in city and regional elections.
    (AP, 5/26/03)

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 www.phish.com.
    (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 problems.
    (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 in Vermont.
    (SFC, 5/27/04, p.B7)
2004        May 25, Publisher Roger W. Straus Jr. died in New York at age 87.
    (AP, 5/25/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/04)
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 under 16.
    (AP, 5/25/04)
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 state-operated reservoir.
    (AP, 5/25/04)
2004        May 25, In Pakistan a powerful gas explosion in a coal mine killed 15 miners near Sajibit, the capital of Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 5/26/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/04)

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.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
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."
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2005        May 25, Ismail Merchant (68), half of the prestigious Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team, died in London.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/05)
2005        May 25, About 1,000 US Marines, sailors and soldiers encircled Haditha city in the troubled Anbar province.
    (AP, 5/25/05)
2005        May 25, In India Sunil Dutt (75), sports minister and former Bollywood icon, died after a heart attack.
    (Reuters, 5/25/05)
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."
    (AP, 5/26/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
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 pension system.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/05)
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 Netherlands.
    (AP, 5/25/05)

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 White House.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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, p.72)
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 in 1959.
    (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 also deployed.
    (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 Committee.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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, p.38)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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 armed forces.
    (AFP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, Gunmen wounded an Iraqi general in southeast Baghdad and a blast killed three people in the heart of the capital.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mrma5)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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 Palestinian fighting.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/06)

2007        May 25, President Bush signed a bill to pay for military operations in Iraq that did not contain a timetable for troop withdrawals.
    (AP, 5/25/08)
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 rules.
    (AP, 5/25/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/27/07)
2007        May 25, In central Texas two days of storms and flooding left 5 people dead and one missing.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/07)
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 Helmand province.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/25/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/07)
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 third-poorest nation.
    (AFP, 5/25/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/07)
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 continental body.
    (AFP, 5/25/07)
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 majority.
    (AP, 5/25/07)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/25/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/07)
2007        May 25, In southern Nigeria gunmen kidnapped a group of foreign oil workers, including three Americans and four Britons.
    (AP, 5/25/07)
2007        May 25, Pakistani police busted a gang trading in kidneys and arrested eight people, including five doctors.
    (AFP, 5/26/07)
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 in Stravropol.
    (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 pay increase.
    (AP, 5/25/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/31/07)

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, p.A4)
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 $3.6 billion.
    (AP, 5/26/08)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._Simplot)(SFC, 5/29/08, p.B5)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/08)
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.
    (AFP, 5/26/08)
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 floods.
    (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."
    (AP, 5/26/08)
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 state.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/25/08)
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 Qadisiyah province.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/25/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
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 Cabinet.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
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 billion.
    (AP, 5/25/08)
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 house collapsed.
    (AP, 5/25/08)
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 Basilan island.
    (AFP, 5/25/08)
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 June 25.
    (AP, 6/26/08)
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 the backlash.
    (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 more.
    (AP, 5/25/08)
2008        May 25, Spanish coastguard boats rescued 67 immigrants, including two corpses, from the sea near the Canary Islands.
    (AP, 5/25/08)

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.
    (AP, 5/28/09)
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 wife.
    (AP, 6/7/09)
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 clash.
    (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 of prostitutes.
    (AP, 5/25/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/09)
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/09)
2009        May 25, In western Iraq a roadside bomb struck a US convoy in Fallujah, killing three Americans, including a State Department employee.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/09)
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 the Palestinians.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
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, p.A4)(AP, 6/12/09)
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 month.
    (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 Nagasaki.
    (AP, 5/25/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/09)

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.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
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."
    (AP, 5/31/10)
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.
    (AFP, 5/26/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/26/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
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 warship.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
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 2015.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/10)
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 security spending.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
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 accidental death.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/25/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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 pressure.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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 it.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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 become battlegrounds.
    (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.
    (AFP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
2011        May 25, In the Philippines Typhoon Songda roared toward the country's northeast.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
2011        May 25, The Swiss government said it will decommission all its nuclear power plants.
    (AP, 5/25/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/11)

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 weapons.
    (AP, 5/26/12)   
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.
    (Reuters, 5/25/12)
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.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
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, that would give mankind its farthest peek into the Universe ended with a Solomon-like judgement to split the site between two groups, Australia and New Zealand and South Africa.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)(Econ, 6/2/12, p.94)
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 1997.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 25, In northeastern Nigeria two people were killed when gunmen in a car opened fire at Potiskum's timber market.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/12)
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 mountains.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
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, 5/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
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 soldiers.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
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 province.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
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 neighborhood.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, In Yemen two soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Shar, Hadramawt province.
    (AP, 5/26/13)

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. 
    (AP, 5/25/14) 
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, In northwestern China two trucks collided, killing 10 people and injuring 32 in Wujiaqu city, Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, In Iraq a car bomb exploded outside a liquor store in Kirkuk overnight, killing at least 12 civilians.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
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. Khalifa Hifter.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
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 towards Muslims.
    (AFP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, Pakistan said it was releasing 151 Indian fishermen who were detained on charges of crossing illegally into its territorial waters.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
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, p.A2)(AFP, 7/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/25/14)

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