Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 25

  • May 25, 1521
    Charles V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, officially declares Martin Luther a criminal and heretic for refusing to recant at the Diet of Worms
  • May 25, 1624
    The Parliament of England issues Statute of Monopolies, the first statutory expression of English patent law
  • May 25, 1659
    Richard Cromwell resigns as English Lord Protector
  • May 25, 1720
    Great Plague of Marseille, which kills 100,000 people in the city, begins
  • May 25, 1810
    Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain
  • May 25, 1812
    92 miners are killed during a series of coal mine explosions, which take place around the Felling Colliery in Durhamshire, England
  • May 25, 1844
    The first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, appears in the Baltimore "Patriot"
  • May 25, 1887
    In France, a gas lamp at the Paris Opera catches fir; 200 die
  • May 25, 1895
    Playwright Oscar Wilde is convicted of a morals charge in London and is sentenced to two years in prison
  • May 25, 1911
    Revolution in Mexico overthrows President Porfirio Díaz
  • May 25, 1915
    Second Battle of Ypres ends leaving 105,000 casualties
  • May 25, 1945
    Arther C Clark, a British science fiction writer, proposes relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit
  • May 25, 1946
    The United Nations approve the end of the British Mandate and recognize Transjordan as an independent sovereign kingdom Jordan
  • May 25, 1961
    United States President John Kennedy appeals to Congress that the nation should commit to "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth" by the end of the decade
  • May 25, 1963
    Organization for African Unity is formed by Chad, Mauritania, and Zambia
  • May 25, 1977
    "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope", the first release in the Star Wars saga created by American filmmaker George Lucas, is released
  • May 25, 2000
    Israel withdraws military forces from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation
  • May 25, 2002
    China Airlines Flight 611 breaks up near the Penghu Islands at Taiwan Strait, killing all 225 people on board

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