Today in History
May 25

585 BCThales of Greece makes the first known prediction of a solar eclipse.
1085Alfonso VI takes Toledo, Spain from the Muslims.
1787The Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.
1810Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain.
1851Jose Justo de Urquiza of Argentina leads a rebellion against Juan Manuel de Rosas, his former ally.
1911Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico, resigns his office.
1914The British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule.
1925John Scopes is indicted for teaching Darwinian theory in school.
1935Jesse Owens sets six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1946Jordan gains independence from Britain.
1953The first atomic cannon is fired in Nevada.

Born on May 25
1803Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and philosopher.
1878Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, tap dancer.
1886Philip Murray, American labor leader, founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).
1889Igor Sikorsky, American aviation engineer who developed the first successful helicopter.
1898Bennett Cerf, publisher, founder of Random House.
1898Gene Tunney, heavyweight boxing champion.
1908Theodore Rothke, poet.
1926Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter.
1929Beverly Sills, opera singer.
1932John Gregory Dunne, novelist and journalist.
1938Raymond Carver, American writer.
1949Jamaica Kincaid, author (Annie John, Lucy).

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