Famous Events on this Day in History, May 25:1085 - King Alfonso VI of Castily/Leon occupy Toledo on Moren
1241 - 1st attack on Jewish community of Frankfort-on-the-Main Germany
1420 - Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ.
1521 - Edict of Worms outlaws Martin Luther & his followers
1522 - Emperor Karel I returns to Spain
1632 - Albrecht von Wallenstein recaptures Prague on Saksen
1659 - Richard Cromwell resigns as English Lord Protector
1660 - English King Charles II lands in Dover
1661 - King Charles II marries Portuguese princess Catherina the Braganca
1720 - "Le Grand St Antoine" reaches Marseille, plague kills 80,000
1721 - John Copson becomes America's 1st insurance agent
1738 - A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
1784 - Jews are expelled from Warsaw by Marshall Mniszek
1787 - Constitutional convention opens at Phila, G Washington presiding
1793 - Father Stephen Theodore Badin is 1st US Roman Catholic priest ordained
1810 - Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain (Natl Day)
1810 - In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Viceroy during the Semana de Mayo.
1812 - Earthquake destroys Caracas Venezuela
1825 - American Unitarian Assn founded
1837 - The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom.
1844 - 1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot
1861 - John Merryman is arrested under suspension of writ of habeas corpus it later sparks a supreme court decision protecting writ
1862 - Battle of Winchester VA
1864 - Battle of New Hope Church, GA
1868 - Aust Aboriginal Cricket tour of England begins v Surrey Gentlemen
1870 - Irish Fenians raid Eccles Hill, Quebec
1876 - 1st tie in NL history (Athletics & Louisville, 2-2 in 14)
1876 - 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75
1878 - Gilbert/Sullivans opera "HMS Pinafore," premieres in London
1887 - Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
1895 - 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50.5
1895 - Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years hard labor for being a sodomite
1895 - The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as the president.
1898 - 1st US troop transport to Manila leaves SF
1899 - 33rd Belmont: R Clawson aboard Jean Beraud wins in 2:23
1900 - Eyre M Shaw, 78, becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics
1904 - 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
1906 - After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0
1911 - Revolution in Mexico overthrows President Jose Porfirio Diaz
1914 - British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule
1915 - 2nd Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties
1915 - Chicago Claude Hendrix no-hits Pitts (Federal League), 10-0
1919 - Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap
1922 - Babe Ruth suspended 1 day & fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump
1923 - Britain recognizes Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader
1926 - Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the Paris-based government-in-exile of Ukrainian People's Republic.
1927 - Henry Ford stops producing Model T car (begins Model A)
1928 - Amelia Earhart (as a passenger) is 1st woman to fly Atlantic Ocean
1934 - Béla Bartòk's "Enchanted Deer," premieres
1935 - Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs, Boston Braves vs Pirates
1935 - Jesse Owens equals or breaks 6 world records in one hour
1936 - The Remington Rand strike, led by the American Federation of Labor, begins.
1937 - 1st airmail letter to circle globe returns to NY
1938 - Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.
1939 - Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president
1940 - German troops conquer Boulogne
1940 - Golden Gate Intl Expo reopens
1941 - 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India
1941 - Ted Williams raises his batting avg over .400 for 1st time in 1941
1943 - Riot at Mobile Ala shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers
1943 - Trident conference in Wash DC (operation plan '43 against Japan)
1944 - Partisan leader Tito escapes Germans surrounding Bosnia
1945 - Arthur C Clark proposes relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit
1946 - Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
1946 - Jordan gains independence from Britain (Natl Day)
1947 - Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co's Mine #5 killing 111
1948 - 30th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Norwood Hills CC St Louis
1948 - SF receives its 1st telecast
1949 - Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai
1950 - Bkln-Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
1951 - NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)
1953 - 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
1953 - 1st non-commercial educational television station-Houston, Texas
1953 - Braves Max Surkont strikes out record 8 Reds in a row
1955 - Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas & most of Blackwell Okla
1956 - Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Haurietis aquas
1957 - "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
1959 - Khrushchev visits Angola
1959 - Supreme ct rules La prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
1960 - George Crowe's record 11th pinch-hit HR
1961 - JFK sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade
1961 - NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,770 m
1961 - King Hussein of Jordan marries Princess Muna al-Hussein (Antoinette Gardiner).
1962 - Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
1962 - US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
1962 - US unions AFL-CIO starts campaign for 35-hour work week
1963 - "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
1963 - Early Wynn wins his 300th baseball game
1963 - Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket
1963 - Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia
1964 - 16th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore
1964 - Frank Gilroy's "Subject is Roses," premieres in NYC
1964 - Ground is broken for a new stadium in St Louis
1964 - Supreme Court rules closing schools to avoid desegregation unconstitut
1965 - Dave Davies of Kinks stumbles & is knocked unconscious on stage
1965 - India & Pakistan border fights
1965 - Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1965 - Roel van Duyn, Martijn Ananar & Rob Faado align in Provo
1966 - Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
1967 - Celtic wins 12th Europe Cup 1 in Lisbon
1967 - John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce
1968 - BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Jim Stefanich
1968 - BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Dotty Fothergill
1968 - Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated
1968 - Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"
1968 - Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7
1969 - "Midnight Cowboy" released with an X rating
1969 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1969 - Sudanese government is overthrown in a military coup
1970 - 3rd ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat LA Stars, 4 games to 2
1971 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1972 - Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander
1972 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 - Argentine Peronist Hector Campora installed as president
1973 - Borussia Minchengladbach wins 2nd UEFA Cup at Enschede
1973 - George Harrison releases "Give Me Love" in UK
1973 - US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz
1975 - 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Wash Bullets in 4 games
1975 - Cleve's Dennis Eckersley, debuts shuting out the A's 6-0
1975 - Joanne Carner wins LPGA American DefenderGolf Classic
1976 - Heavyweight Muhammad Ali KOs Richard Dunn in Munich
1977 - "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released
1977 - "Brady Bunch Hour," last airs on ABC-TV
1977 - Dutch social democratic party wins parliamentary election
1977 - Liverpool wins 22nd Europe Cup 1 in Rome
1977 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 - Original "Star Wars" movie released
1978 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
1979 - American Airlines DC-10 crashes in Chicago killing 275
1979 - Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt
1979 - Raul Gonzales of Mexico completes 50,000 m walk in record 3:41:38.4
1980 - "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
1980 - Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1980 - Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
1981 - Al Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified
1981 - Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to get 3,000 hits (Cobb, Musial & Aaron)
1981 - Daniel Goodwin, scales outside of Chicago's Sears Tower in 7 hours
1981 - Rangers' Bill Stein sets AL record with 7 consecutive pinch hits
1982 - Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters
1982 - Iranian troops reconquer Khorramshar
1982 - STS-4 vehicle moves to launch pad
1983 - "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars 3) released
1983 - 1st National Missing Children's Day is proclaimed
1983 - Fire in Nassermeer Egypt kills 357
1983 - France performs nuclear test
1983 - Kirk Gibson (Tigers) & Jorge Orta (Blue Jays) hit inside park HRs
1984 - Det Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
1984 - Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Cubs for Bill Buckner
1985 - Allan Border scores 4th successive 1st class 100 (v Derbyshire)
1985 - Cyclone ravages Bangladesh; 11,000 killed
1986 - 30,000,000 watch "Live Aid," a massive benefit concert
1986 - 7,000,000 Americans form "Hands Across America"
1986 - 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida
1986 - Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed
1986 - Hands Across America - 6 million people hold hands from Calif to NY
1986 - KC Royal George Brett gets his 2,000th hit
1986 - Laurie Rinker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1986 - Virgilio Barco elected president of Colombia
1988 - PSV wins Europe Cup
1989 - Eastern Airlines graduates it 1st class of non-union pilots
1989 - Mariners trade Mark Langston to Montreal for Randy Johnson
1989 - Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union
1989 - Stanley Cup: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
1989 - Weird Al Yankovic records "She Drives Like Crazy"
1991 - "People Are Still Having Sex," by LaTour hits #35
1991 - Israel evacuates 14,000 Ethiopian Jews
1991 - Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minn North Star, 4 games to 2
1992 - Jay Leno becomes permanent host of "Tonight Show"
1992 - NY Yankees score 9 runs before 1st out in 8th inn, beat Brewers 13-7
1992 - Oscar Luigi Scalfaro elected president of Italy
1994 - Emmy 21st Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci not nominated
1995 - The Bosnian Serb Army kills 72 youngsters in the Bosnian city of Tuzla.
1996 - Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American
1997 - Bell Atlantic Senior Golf Classic
1997 - David Frost wins Golf's Colonial Final in Ft Worth Texas
1997 - Indianapolis 500 race
1997 - Minn Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform #
1997 - Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Classic
1997 - Todd & Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father & son to win 100 games
1997 - A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.
1999 - The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades.
2000 - Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.
2001 - 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2002 - A train crash in Tenga, Mozambique kills 197 people.
2002 - China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people.
2003 - Néstor Kirchner becomes President of Argentina after defeating Carlos Menem. He is the first elected President since the economic crisis.
2007 - The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time.
2009 - North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests bulding tensions in the international community.