Today's History Trivia for May 25
1977 Star Wars The first film of the series premiers. It surpassed Jaws to become the highest grossing film of all time - A record it held until E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). The series is one the highest-grossing film franchises of all time. This episode would later be retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
1969 Midnight Cowboy The controversial film is released. Midnight Cowboy was the first X-Rated film to win an Oscar, however, its rating was later changed to "R." It starred Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.
1994 Black Hole Astronomers announce that the Hubble Space Telescope has for the first time confirmed the existence of a black hole. It was found in the constellation Virgo.
1988 Rambo III premiers.
1981 Daniel Goodwin, wearing a Spider-Man costume and using rope and suction cups, climbs the Sears Tower. He was arrested for his achievement.
1979 Worst Aviation Accident in U.S. History An American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff killing all 272 persons aboard and three on the ground.
1973 Skylab The crew arrives at the U.S. space station which was launched on May 14th. The space station had suffered damages shortly after take-off when a protective shield and a solar panel broke off, damaging the other solar panel in the process. The crew made the repairs, returning to Earth on the 22nd.
1968 A Soviet nuclear-powered submarine experiences a core meltdown, killing nine crewman.
1951 Willie Mays plays his first major-league game.
1935 Jesse Owens In a span of 45 minutes, he ties the world record for the 100-yard dash (9.4 sec.) and sets world records for the broad jump (26 feet, 8¼ inches), 220-yard dash (20.3 sec., also a 200 meter record) and the 220-yard low hurdles (22.6 sec., also a 200 meter record). Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1935 Babe Ruth The Sultan of Swat hits number 714, his last home run. He also hit numbers 712 and 713 in the same game.
1925 Monkey Trial John T. Scopes is indicted in Tennessee for teaching evolution.
Today's Birthdays for May 25
1898 Bennett Alfred Cerf d. 1971 American publisher. He was the founder, president, and chairman of Random House publishers. Known for his wit, gags, and puns. Cerf won "U.S. v. One Book Called Ulysses" (1933), a landmark court case against government censorship, and then published James Joyce's unabridged Ulysses for the first time in the U.S. He was a panelist on the TV show What's My Line? for 16 years. Writings Bennett Cerf's Treasury of Atrocious Puns (1968).
1963 Mike Myers Canadian-born actor, comedian. Film: Wayne's World (1992, Wayne for which he won an Oscar. NOT!). TV: Saturday Night Live.
1955 Connie Sellecca American actress. TV: Hotel (Christine Francis).
1947 Karen Valentine American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Room 222 (Alice Johnson).
1944 Frank Oz English Emmy-winning puppeteer, Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and designed, operated, and provided the voice for Yoda in the Star Wars movies.
1943 Leslie Uggams American Emmy-winning actress, singer.
1936 Tom T. Hall American country singer, songwriter. Music: wrote Harper Valley PTA.
1929 Beverly Sills d. 2007 (Belle Silverman), American opera singer, soprano.
1927 Robert Ludlum d. 2001 American author. Writings: The Scarlatti Inheritance (1971), The Osterman Weekend (1972), and the Bourne Supremacy (1986).
1926 Claude Akins d. 1994 American actor. TV: Lobo (The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo) (1979-81, title role).
1889 Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky d. 1972 Ukrainian-born American aviation pioneer. He developed the first practical helicopter (1939), the first multi-engine airplane (1913), and the flying boat.
1878 Bojangles d. 1949 (Luther Bill Robinson), American tap dancer, known as the Mayor of Harlem.
1866 Carl Emil "Bunny" Schultze d. 1939 American cartoonist. Creator of Foxy Grandpa (1900).
1845 William Muldoon d. 1933 American wrestler, 1880 heavyweight champion, inventor of the medicine ball. He was undefeated for his Greco-Roman Championship. Muldoon got John L. Sullivan back in shape for his famous 75-round win against Jake Kilrain for the world heavyweight bare-knuckle boxing championship (1889).
1803 Ralph Waldo Emerson d. 1882 American poet, philosopher.
Deaths for May 25
1919 Madam C. J. Walker b. 1867 (Sarah Breedlove), American businesswoman, the first self-made American woman millionaire. A black lady, orphaned at the age of seven, she made her fortune selling her own line of hair products (1905) using a team a door-to-door sales agents.
2007 Charles Nelson Reilly b. 1931 American comedian, game-show celebrity.
1999 Hillary Brooke b. 1914 (Beatrice Peterson), American actress. TV: My Little Margie (1952-55, Roberta). Film: Sci-fi B-movie classic Invaders from Mars (1953).
1990 Vic Tayback b. 1930 American actor. TV: Alice (1976-85, diner owner Mel Sharples).
1939 Sir Frank Watson Dyson b. 1868 English astronomer. He proved light is bent by gravity, as predicted by Einstein. He is organized expeditions to observe solar eclipse at Brazil and Principe (1919), which confirmed Einstein's theory of the effect of gravity on light.
1934 Gustav Holst b. 1874 English composer. Music: The Planets (1919) and The Perfect Fool (1923).
1261 Alexander IV b. 1199 Italian religious leader, 181st Pope (1254-61), established the Inquisition in France.
1085 Saint Gregory VII b. ???? religious leader, 157th Pope (1073-85).