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May 25 is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 220 days remain until the end of the year.

Events[]

  • 567 BCServius Tullius, the king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victory over the Etruscans.
  • 240 BC – First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
  • 1085Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo, Spain, back from the Moors.
  • 1420Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ.
  • 1521 – The Diet of Worms ends when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw.
  • 1644Ming general Wu Sangui forms an alliance with the invading Manchus and opens the gates of the Great Wall of China at Shanhaiguan pass, letting the Manchus through towards the capital Beijing.
  • 1659Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England following the restoration of the Long Parliament, beginning a second brief period of the republican government called the Commonwealth of England.
  • 1660Charles II lands at Dover at the invitation of the Convention Parliament (England), which marks the end of the Cromwell-proclaimed Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland and begins the Restoration (1660) of the British monarchy.
  • 1738 – A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
  • 1798United Irishmen Rebellion: Battle of Carlow begins; executions of suspected rebels at Carnew and at Dunlavin Green take place.
  • 1809Chuquisaca Revolution: Patriot revolt in Chuquisaca (modern day Sucre) against the Spanish Empire, sparking the Latin American wars of independence.
  • 1810May Revolution: citizens of Buenos Aires expel Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros during the May week, starting the Argentine War of Independence.
  • 1819 – The Argentine Constitution of 1819 is promulgated.
  • 1833 – The Chilean Constitution of 1833 is promulgated.
  • 1837 – The Rebels of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for governmental reforms.
  • 1865 – In Mobile, Alabama, 300 are killed when an ordnance depot explodes.
  • 1878Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opens at the Opera Comique in London.
  • 1895 – The playwright, poet, and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison.
  • 1895 – The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as its president.
  • 1914 – The House of Commons of the United Kingdom passes the Home Rule Bill for devolution in Ireland.
  • 1925Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in Tennessee.
  • 1926Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the government of the Ukrainian People's Republic, which is in government-in-exile in Paris.
  • 1935Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • 1938Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante kills 313 people.
  • 1940World War II: The German 2nd Panzer Division captures the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer; the surrender of the last French and British troops marks the end of the Battle of Boulogne.
  • 1946 – The parliament of Transjordan makes Abdullah I of Jordan their Emir.
  • 1950 – Public transport: Green Hornet disaster. A Chicago Surface Lines streetcar crashes into a fuel truck, killing 33.
  • 1953 – At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conducts its first and only nuclear artillery test.
  • 1953 – The first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston.
  • 1955 – In the United States, a night-time F5 tornado strikes the small city of Udall, Kansas, killing 80 and injuring 273. It is the deadliest tornado to ever occur in the state and the 23rd deadliest in the U.S.
  • 1955 – First ascent of Kangchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third-highest mountain in the world, by a British expedition led by Charles Evans. Joe Brown and George Band reached the summit on May 25, followed by Norman Hardie and Tony Streather the next day.
  • 1961Apollo program: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the Moon" before the end of the decade.
  • 1963 – In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Organisation of African Unity is established.
  • 1966Explorer program: Explorer 32 launches.
  • 1966 – The first prominent dàzìbào during the Cultural Revolution in China is posted at Peking University.
  • 1968 – The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis is dedicated.
  • 1973HNS Velos, while participating in a NATO exercise and in order to protest against the dictatorship in Greece, anchored at Fiumicino, Italy, refusing to return to Greece.
  • 1977Star Wars is released in theaters.
  • 1977 – Chinese government removes a decade old ban on William Shakespeare's work, effectively ending the Cultural Revolution started in 1966.
  • 1979American Airlines Flight 191: In Chicago, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashes during takeoff at O'Hare International Airport killing all 271 on board and two people on the ground.
  • 1981 – In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
  • 1982HMS Coventry is sunk during the Falklands War.
  • 1985Bangladesh is hit by a tropical cyclone and storm surge, which kills approximately 10,000 people.
  • 1986Hands Across America takes place.
  • 1993International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is founded.
  • 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.
  • 2000Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from Lebanese territory (except for the disputed Shebaa farms zone) 22 years after its invasion in 1978.
  • 2002China Airlines Flight 611 disintegrates in mid-air and crashes into the Taiwan Strait. All 225 people on board are killed.
  • 2008NASA's Phoenix lander lands in Green Valley region of Mars to search for environments suitable for water and microbial life.
  • 2009North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests building tensions in the international community.
  • 2011Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty-five-year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
  • 2012 – The SpaceX Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station.
  • 2013 – Suspected Maoist rebels kill at least 28 people and injure 32 others in an attack on a convoy of Indian National Congress politicians in Chhattisgarh, India.
  • 2013 – A gas cylinder explodes on a school bus in the Pakistani city of Gujrat, killing at least 18 people.

Births[]

  • 1048Emperor Shenzong of Song (d. 1085)
  • 1334Emperor Sukō of Japan (d. 1398)
  • 1458Mahmud Begada, Indian sultan (d. 1511)
  • 1606Charles Garnier, French missionary and saint (d. 1649)
  • 1661Claude Buffier, Polish-French historian and philosopher (d. 1737)
  • 1713John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Scottish politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1792)
  • 1725Samuel Ward, American politician, 31st Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island (d. 1776)
  • 1783Philip Pendleton Barbour, American farmer and politician, 12th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1841)
  • 1791Minh Mạng, Vietnamese emperor (d. 1841)
  • 1803Edward Bulwer-Lytton, English author, playwright, and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1873)
  • 1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and philosopher (d. 1882)
  • 1818Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss historian and academic (d. 1897)
  • 1818Louise de Broglie, Countess d'Haussonville, French essayist and biographer (d. 1882)
  • 1830Trebor Mai (né Robert Williams), Welsh poet (d. 1877)
  • 1845Lip Pike, American baseball player and manager (d. 1893)
  • 1846Naim Frashëri, Albanian-Turkish poet and translator (d. 1900)
  • 1846 – Princess Helena of the United Kingdom (d. 1923)
  • 1848Johann Baptist Singenberger, Swiss composer, educator, and publisher (d. 1924)
  • 1852William Muldoon, American wrestler and trainer (d. 1933)
  • 1856Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, Algerian-French general (d. 1942)
  • 1860James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist and academic (d. 1944)
  • 1865John Mott, American evangelist and saint, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)
  • 1865 – Pieter Zeeman, Dutch physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1943)
  • 1867Anders Peter Nielsen, Danish target shooter (d. 1950)
  • 1869Robbie Ross, Canadian journalist and art critic (d. 1918)
  • 1869Mathilde Verne, English pianist and educator (d. 1936)
  • 1878Bill Robinson, American actor and dancer (d. 1949)
  • 1879Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, Canadian-English businessman and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (d. 1964)
  • 1879 – William Stickney, American golfer (d. 1944)
  • 1880Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist and academic (d. 1967)
  • 1882Marie Doro, American actress (d. 1956)
  • 1883Carl Johan Lind, Swedish hammer thrower (d. 1965)
  • 1886Rash Behari Bose, Indian soldier and activist (d. 1945)
  • 1886 – Philip Murray, Scottish-American miner and labor leader (d. 1952)
  • 1887Pio of Pietrelcina, Italian priest and saint (d. 1968)
  • 1888Miles Malleson, English actor and screenwriter (d. 1969)
  • 1889Günther Lütjens, German admiral (d. 1941)
  • 1889 – Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aircraft designer, founded Sikorsky Aircraft (d. 1972)
  • 1897Alan Kippax, Australian cricketer (d. 1972)
  • 1897 – Gene Tunney, American boxer and soldier (d. 1978)
  • 1898Bennett Cerf, American publisher and television game show panelist; co-founded Random House (d. 1971)
  • 1899Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, author, and flute player (d. 1976)
  • 1900Alain Grandbois, Canadian poet and author (d. 1975)
  • 1903Binnie Barnes, English-American actress and singer (d. 1998)
  • 1907U Nu, Burmese politician, 1st Prime Minister of Burma (d. 1995)
  • 1908Theodore Roethke, American poet (d. 1963)
  • 1909Alfred Kubel, German politician, 5th Prime Minister of Lower Saxony (d. 1999)
  • 1912Dean Rockwell, American commander, wrestler, and coach (d. 2005)
  • 1913Heinrich Bär, German colonel and pilot (d. 1957)
  • 1913 – Richard Dimbleby, English journalist and producer (d. 1965)
  • 1916Brian Dickson, Canadian captain, lawyer, and politician, 15th Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1998)
  • 1916 – Giuseppe Tosi, Italian discus thrower (d. 1981)
  • 1917Theodore Hesburgh, American priest, theologian, and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1920Arthur Wint, Jamaican runner and diplomat (d. 1992)
  • 1921Hal David, American songwriter and composer (d. 2012)
  • 1921 – Kitty Kallen, American singer (d. 2016)
  • 1921 – Jack Steinberger, German-Swiss physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1922Enrico Berlinguer, Italian politician (d. 1984)
  • 1924István Nyers, French-Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1925Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet and author (d. 1974)
  • 1925 – Jeanne Crain, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1925 – Eldon Griffiths, English journalist and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1925 – Don Liddle, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • 1926Claude Akins, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1926 – William Bowyer, English painter and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1926 – Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian author and poet (d. 2009)
  • 1926 – David Wynne, English sculptor and painter (d. 2014)
  • 1927Robert Ludlum, American soldier and author (d. 2001)
  • 1927Norman Petty, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (d. 1984)
  • 1929Beverly Sills, American soprano and actress (d. 2007)
  • 1931Herb Gray, Canadian lawyer and politician, 7th Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (d. 2014)
  • 1931 – Georgy Grechko, Russian engineer and astronaut
  • 1931 – Irwin Winkler, American director and producer
  • 1932John Gregory Dunne, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic (d. 2003)
  • 1932 – K. C. Jones, American basketball player and coach
  • 1933Sarah Marshall, English-American actress (d. 2014)
  • 1933 – Basdeo Panday, Trinidadian lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1933 – Ray Spencer, English footballer
  • 1933 – Jógvan Sundstein, Faroese accountant and politician, 7th Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
  • 1935John Ffowcs Williams, Welsh engineer and academic
  • 1935 – Cookie Gilchrist, American football player (d. 2011)
  • 1935 – W. P. Kinsella, Canadian novelist and short story writer
  • 1936Tom T. Hall, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1936 – Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (d. 2013)
  • 1937Tom Phillips, English painter and academic
  • 1938Raymond Carver, American short story writer and poet(d. 1988)
  • 1938 – Margaret Forster, English historian, author, and critic (d. 2016)
  • 1938 – Geoffrey Robinson, English businessman and politician
  • 1939Dixie Carter, American actress and singer (d. 2010)
  • 1939 – Ian McKellen, English actor
  • 1940Nobuyoshi Araki, Japanese photographer
  • 1941Vladimir Voronin, Moldovan economist and politician, 3rd President of Moldova
  • 1943Jessi Colter, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1943 – John Palmer, English keyboard player
  • 1943 – Leslie Uggams, American actress and singer
  • 1944Digby Anderson, English journalist and philosopher
  • 1944 – Pierre Bachelet, French singer-songwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1944 – Charlie Harper, English singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1944 – Robert MacPherson, American mathematician and academic
  • 1944 – Frank Oz, English-born American puppeteer, filmmaker, and actor
  • 1944 – Chris Ralston, English rugby player
  • 1946Bill Adam, Scottish-Canadian race car driver
  • 1946 – David A. Hargrave, American game designer, created Arduin (d. 1988)
  • 1947Karen Valentine, American actress
  • 1947 – Catherine G. Wolf, American psychologist and computer scientist
  • 1948Bülent Arınç, Turkish lawyer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
  • 1948 – Marianne Elliott, Northern Irish historian, author, and academic
  • 1949Jamaica Kincaid, Antiguan-American novelist, short story writer, and essayist
  • 1949 – Barry Windsor-Smith, English painter and illustrator
  • 1950Robby Steinhardt, American rock violinist and singer
  • 1951Bob Gale, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1952Jeffrey Bewkes, American businessman
  • 1952 – Nick Fotiu, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1952 – David Jenkins, Trinidadian-Scottish runner
  • 1952 – Al Sarrantonio, American author and publisher
  • 1952 – Gordon H. Smith, American businessman and politician
  • 1953Eve Ensler, American playwright and producer
  • 1953 – Daniel Passarella, Argentinian footballer, coach, and manager
  • 1953 – Stan Sakai, Japanese-American author and illustrator
  • 1954Murali, Indian actor, producer, and politician (d. 2009)
  • 1955Alistair Burt, English lawyer and politician
  • 1956Stavros Arnaoutakis, Greek politician
  • 1956 – Tatsutoshi Goto, Japanese wrestler
  • 1956 – David P. Sartor, American composer and conductor
  • 1957Alastair Campbell, English journalist and author
  • 1957 – Edward Lee, American author
  • 1957 – Robert Picard, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1958Dorothy Straight, American children's author
  • 1958 – Paul Weller, English singer, songwriter and musician
  • 1959Julian Clary, English comedian, actor, and author
  • 1959 – Manolis Kefalogiannis, Greek politician
  • 1959 – Rick Wamsley, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1960Amy Klobuchar, American lawyer and politician
  • 1960 – Anthea Turner, English journalist and television host
  • 1962Ric Nattress, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager
  • 1963George Hickenlooper, American director and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1963 – Mike Myers, Canadian-American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1964Ivan Bella, Slovak colonel, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1964 – David Shaw, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • 1965Yahya Jammeh, Gambian colonel and politician, President of the Gambia
  • 1967Mark Rosewater, American screenwriter and illustrator
  • 1968Kendall Gill, American basketball player, boxer, and sportscaster
  • 1969Glen Drover, Canadian guitarist and songwriter
  • 1969 – Anne Heche, American actress
  • 1969 – Stacy London, American journalist and author
  • 1970Robert Croft, Welsh-English cricketer and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Sandra Dopfer, Austrian tennis player
  • 1970 – Joey Eischen, American baseball player and coach
  • 1970 – Jamie Kennedy, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Octavia Spencer, American actress
  • 1971Stefano Baldini, Italian runner
  • 1971 – Marco Cappato, Italian politician
  • 1972Karan Johar, Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1973Daz Dillinger, American rapper and producer
  • 1973 – Molly Sims, American model and actress
  • 1974Dougie Freedman, Scottish footballer and manager
  • 1974 – Frank Klepacki, American drummer and composer
  • 1974 – Miguel Tejada, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1975Blaise Nkufo, Congolese-Swiss footballer
  • 1976Tarik Glenn, American football player
  • 1976 – Erinn Hayes, American actress
  • 1976 – Stefan Holm, Swedish high jumper
  • 1976 – Cillian Murphy, Irish actor
  • 1976 – Erki Pütsep, Estonian cyclist
  • 1976 – Marcelo José da Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976 – Miguel Zepeda, Mexican footballer
  • 1977Andre Anis, Estonian footballer
  • 1977 – Alberto Del Rio, Mexican-American mixed martial artist and wrestler
  • 1978Brian Urlacher, American football player
  • 1979Carlos Bocanegra, American soccer player
  • 1979 – Sayed Moawad, Egyptian footballer
  • 1979 – Caroline Ouellette, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1979 – Sam Sodje, English-Nigerian footballer
  • 1979 – Jonny Wilkinson, English rugby player
  • 1980Joe King, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1980 – David Navarro, Spanish footballer
  • 1981Michalis Pelekanos, Greek basketball player
  • 1982Adam Boyd, English footballer
  • 1982 – Daniel Braaten, Norwegian footballer
  • 1982 – Ryan Gallant, American skateboarder
  • 1982 – Roger Guerreiro, Polish footballer
  • 1982 – Justin Hodges, Australian rugby league player
  • 1982 – Ezekiel Kemboi, Kenyan runner
  • 1982 – Jason Kubel, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Stacey Pensgen, American figure skater and meteorologist
  • 1982 – Luke Webster, Australian footballer
  • 1983Tiago Cardoso Fonseca Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 – Aleksandr Petrov, Estonian ice hockey player
  • 1984Luke Ball, Australian footballer
  • 1984 – Kyle Brodziak, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 – A. J. Foyt IV, American race car driver
  • 1984 – Shawne Merriman, American football player
  • 1984 – Marion Raven, Norwegian singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1984 – Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, Icelandic model and actress, Miss World 2005
  • 1985Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress
  • 1985 – Demba Ba, French footballer
  • 1985 – Gert Kams, Estonian footballer
  • 1985 – Roman Reigns, American football player and wrestler
  • 1986Edewin Fanini, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986 – Yoan Gouffran, French footballer
  • 1986 – Neon Hitch, English singer-songwriter
  • 1986 – Takahiro Hōjō, Japanese actor and musician
  • 1986 – Geraint Thomas, Welsh cyclist
  • 1986 – Juri Ueno, Japanese actress
  • 1987Timothy Derijck, Belgian footballer
  • 1987 – Yves De Winter, Belgian footballer
  • 1987 – Moritz Stehling, German footballer
  • 1988Dávid Škutka, Slovak footballer
  • 1988 – Cameron van der Burgh, South African swimmer
  • 1989Karel Tammjärv, Estonian skier
  • 1990Bo Dallas, American wrestler
  • 1990 – Nikita Filatov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1991Jillian Wheeler, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1993James Porter, English cricketer
  • 1994Aly Raisman, American gymnast

Deaths[]

  • 615Pope Boniface IV (b. 550)
  • 675Li Hong, Chinese prince (b. 652)
  • 709Aldhelm, English-Latin bishop, poet, and scholar (b. 639)
  • 986Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Muslim astronomer (b. 903)
  • 992Mieszko I of Poland (b. 935)
  • 1085Pope Gregory VII (b. 1020)
  • 1261Pope Alexander IV (b. 1185)
  • 1452John Stafford, English archbishop and politician
  • 1555Gemma Frisius, Dutch physician, mathematician, and cartographer (b. 1508)
  • 1555 – Henry II of Navarre (b. 1503)
  • 1595Valens Acidalius, German poet and critic (b. 1567)
  • 1595 – Philip Neri, Italian priest and saint (b. 1515)
  • 1632Adam Tanner, Austrian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1572)
  • 1667Gustaf Bonde, Finnish-Swedish politician, 5th Lord High Treasurer of Sweden (b. 1620)
  • 1681Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish poet and playwright (b. 1600)
  • 1741Daniel Ernst Jablonski, German bishop and theologian (b. 1660)
  • 1786Peter III of Portugal (b. 1717)
  • 1789Anders Dahl, Swedish botanist and physician (b. 1751)
  • 1797John Griffin, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, English field marshal and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Essex (b. 1719)
  • 1805William Paley, English priest and philosopher (b. 1743)
  • 1848Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German author and composer (b. 1797)
  • 1849Benjamin D'Urban, English general and politician, Governor of British Guiana (b. 1777)
  • 1895Ahmed Cevdet Pasha, Ottoman sociologist, historian, and jurist (b. 1822)
  • 1899Rosa Bonheur, French painter and sculptor (b. 1822)
  • 1912Austin Lane Crothers, American educator and politician, 46th Governor of Maryland (b. 1860)
  • 1917Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet and critic (b. 1891)
  • 1919Eliza Pollock, American archer (b. 1840)
  • 1919 – Madam C. J. Walker, American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (b. 1867)
  • 1924Lyubov Popova, Russian painter and illustrator (b. 1889)
  • 1926Symon Petliura, Ukrainian journalist and politician (b. 1879)
  • 1927Payne Whitney, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1876)
  • 1930Randall Davidson, Scottish-English archbishop (b. 1848)
  • 1934Gustav Holst, English trombonist, composer, and educator (b. 1874)
  • 1937Henry Ossawa Tanner, American-French painter and illustrator (b. 1859)
  • 1939Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer and academic (b. 1868)
  • 1942Emanuel Feuermann, Ukrainian-American cellist and educator (b. 1902)
  • 1943Nils von Dardel, Swedish painter (b. 1888)
  • 1948Witold Pilecki, Polish officer and Resistance leader (b. 1901)
  • 1951Paula von Preradović, Croatian poet and author (b. 1887)
  • 1954Robert Capa, Hungarian photographer and journalist (b. 1913)
  • 1957Leo Goodwin, American swimmer, diver, and water polo player (b. 1883)
  • 1968Georg von Küchler, German field marshal (b. 1881)
  • 1970Tom Patey, Scottish mountaineer and author (b. 1932)
  • 1977Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian author (b. 1904)
  • 1979Itzhak Bentov, Czech-Israeli engineer, mystic, and author (b. 1923)
  • 1979 – Amédée Gordini, Italian-born French racing driver and sports car manufacturer (b. 1899)
  • 1981Ruby Payne-Scott, Australian physicist and astronomer (b. 1912)
  • 1981 – Fredric Warburg, English author and publisher (b. 1898)
  • 1983Necip Fazıl Kısakürek, Turkish author, poet, and playwright (b. 1904)
  • 1983 – Idris of Libya (b. 1889)
  • 1983 – Jean Rougeau, Canadian wrestler and manager (b. 1925)
  • 1983 – Jack Stewart, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1917)
  • 1986Chester Bowles, American journalist and politician, 22nd Under Secretary of State (b. 1901)
  • 1990Vic Tayback, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 1993Buddhadasa, Thai monk and philosopher (b. 1906)
  • 1995Élie Bayol, French race car driver (b. 1914)
  • 1995 – Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player and coach, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer 1996 (b. 1948)
  • 1996Renzo De Felice, Italian historian and author (b. 1929)
  • 2003Sloan Wilson, American author and poet (b. 1920)
  • 2004Roger Williams Straus, Jr., American publisher, co-founded Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publishing Company (b. 1917)
  • 2005Sunil Dutt, Indian actor, director, producer, and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2005 – Robert Jankel, English businessman, founded Panther Westwinds (b. 1938)
  • 2005 – Zoran Mušič, Slovene painter and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • 2006Desmond Dekker, Jamaican-English singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2007Laurie Bartram, American actress and dancer (b. 1958)
  • 2007 – Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor, comedian, and director (b. 1931)
  • 2008J. R. Simplot, American businessman, founded Simplot (b. 1909)
  • 2008 – Camu Tao, American rapper and producer (b. 1977)
  • 2009Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • 2010Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
  • 2010 – Michael H. Jordan, American businessman (b. 1936)
  • 2010 – Alan Hickinbotham, Australian footballer and coach (b. 1925)
  • 2010 – Gabriel Vargas, Mexican painter and illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 2010 – Jarvis Williams, American football player and coach (b. 1965)
  • 2011Terry Jenner, Australian cricketer and coach (b. 1944)
  • 2012William Hanley, American author and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Peter D. Sieruta, American author and critic (b. 1958)
  • 2012 – Beatrice Sparks, American therapist and author (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – Lou Watson, American basketball player and coach (b. 1924)
  • 2013Mahendra Karma, Indian politician (b. 1950)
  • 2013 – Marshall Lytle, American bass player and songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2013 – Nand Kumar Patel, Indian politician (b. 1953)
  • 2014David Allen, English cricketer (b. 1935)
  • 2014 – Bertha Gilkey, American activist (b. 1949)
  • 2014 – Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general and politician, 1st President of Poland (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Herb Jeffries, American singer and actor (b. 1913)
  • 2014 – Toaripi Lauti, Tuvaluan educator and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Tuvalu (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Matthew Saad Muhammad, American boxer and trainer (b. 1954)
  • 2014 – Malcolm Simmons, English motorcycle racer (b. 1946)
  • 2014 – Bunny Yeager, American model and photographer (b. 1929)
  • 2015George Braden, Canadian lawyer and politician, 2nd Premier of the Northwest Territories (b. 1949)
  • 2015 – Mary Ellen Mark, American photographer and journalist (b. 1940)
  • 2015 – John M. Murphy, American soldier and politician (b. 1926)

Holidays and observances[]

  • Africa Day (African Union)
  • African Liberation Day (African Union, Rastafari)
  • Christian feast day:
    • Aldhelm
    • Bede
    • Gerard of Lunel
    • Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
    • Pope Gregory VII
    • Pope Urban I
    • May 25 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Day of Youth, celebrated on Josip Broz Tito's birthday (the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)
  • Earliest day on which Arbor Day can fall, celebrated on the last Sunday in May (Venezuela)
  • Earliest day on which Children's Day can fall, celebrated on the last Sunday in May (Hungary)
  • Earliest day on which Memorial Day can fall, celebrated on the last Monday in May (United States)
  • Earliest day on which Mother's Day can fall, celebrated on the last Sunday in May (Algeria, Dominican Republic, France (First Sunday of June, if Pentecost occurs on this day), Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Sweden, Tunisia)
  • Earliest day on which Turkmen Carpet Day can fall, celebrated on the last Sunday in May (Turkmenistan)
  • First National Government / National Day (Argentina)
  • Geek Pride Day (geek culture)
  • Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Jordan from the United Kingdom in 1946.
  • Last bell (Russia, post-Soviet countries)
  • Liberation Day (Lebanon)
  • National Missing Children's Day (United States), and its related observances:
    • International Missing Children's Day
  • National Tap Dance Day (United States)
  • Towel Day in honour of the work of the writer Douglas Adams

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