Today in History
May 25

585 BC   Thales of Greece makes the first known prediction of a solar eclipse.
1085   Alfonso VI takes Toledo, Spain from the Muslims.
1787   The Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.
1810   Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain.
1851   Jose Justo de Urquiza of Argentina leads a rebellion against Juan Manuel de Rosas, his former ally.
1911   Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico, resigns his office.
1914   The British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule.
1925   John Scopes is indicted for teaching Darwinian theory in school.
1935   Jesse Owens sets six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1946   Jordan gains independence from Britain.
1953   The first atomic cannon is fired in Nevada.
1977   The movie Star Wars debuts.
Born on May 25
1803   Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and philosopher.
1878   Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, tap dancer.
1886   Philip Murray, American labor leader, founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).
1889   Igor Sikorsky, American aviation engineer who developed the first successful helicopter.
1898   Bennett Cerf, publisher, founder of Random House.
1898   Gene Tunney, heavyweight boxing champion.
1908   Theodore Roethke, poet.
1926   Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter.
1929   Beverly Sills, opera singer.
1932   John Gregory Dunne, novelist and journalist.
1938   Raymond Carver, American writer.
1949   Jamaica Kincaid, author (Annie John, Lucy).

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