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May 25 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 25. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 59 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 567 BC
    Servius Tullius, the king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victory over the Etruscans.
  • 240 BC
    First recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.
  • 1085
    Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo, Spain, back from the Moors.
  • 1420
    Henry 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.
  • 1644
    Ming 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.
  • 1659
    Richard 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.
  • 1738
    A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
  • 1798
    United Irishmen Rebellion: Battle of Carlow begins; executions of suspected rebels at Carnew and at Dunlavin Green take place.
  • 1809
    Chuquisaca Revolution: Patriot revolt in Chuquisaca (modern day Sucre) against the Spanish Empire, sparking the Latin American wars of independence.
  • 1810
    May 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 freedom.
  • 1865
    In Mobile, Alabama, 300 are killed when an ordnance depot explodes.
  • 1878
    Gilbert 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 Act for devolution in Ireland.
  • 1925
    Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in Tennessee.
  • 1926
    Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the government of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, which is in government-in-exile in Paris.
  • 1935
    Jesse 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.
  • 1936
    The Remington Rand strike, led by the American Federation of Labor, begins.
  • 1938
    Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.
  • 1940
    World 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
    Nuclear testing: At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conduct their 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.

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