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Daily Calendar for Sunday, May 25, 2025

Born

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson (poet) –
  • Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (tap dancer) –
  • Frank Oz (puppeteer, director) –
  • Mike Myers (actor) –
  • Demetri Martin (comedian) –
  • Aly Raisman (Olympic gymnast) –

Died

  • Rosa Bonheur (painter, sculptor) –
  • Ismail Merchant (filmmaker) –
  • Charles Nelson Reilly (actor) –

Events

  • First formal meeting of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, which, in the next few months, ended up writing a new constitution for the United States instead of revising the Articles of Confederation–
  • Father Stephen Badin became first Catholic priest ordained in the U.S.–
  • Grace Annie Lockhart became the first woman in the British Empire to receive a bachelor’s degree in science and English literature. She graduated from Mount Allison College (now University) in Sackville, New Brunswick–
  • At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth hit the 714th, and last, home run of his career–
  • Andrew Moyer patented method for mass production of penicillin–
  • New York City’s Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel was formally opened to traffic–
  • The first shave in space took place on Apollo 10–
  • Star Wars was released in theaters–
  • Daniel Goodwin climbed Chicago’s Sears Tower using suction cups–
  • Nearly 5.5 million people joined hands to form a human chain across the U.S. The event, Hands Across America, was designed to raise funds for the poor and homeless–
  • Gary Stewart of California set the record for consecutive pogo jumps at 177,737 in 20 hours, 20 minutes–
  • Jay Leno officially replaced Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show–
  • New York Yankees Mariano Rivera became the first major league pitcher to make 1,000 appearances with the same team–

Weather

  • Tornado destroyed Udall, Kansas. 83 people died–
  • A tornado tore through Blackwell, Oklahoma. One survivor claimed that it had an orange, glowing light in its center.–
  • Record high temperatures gripped the Southwest, as Arizona had its 17th consecutive day of temperatures over 100 degrees F–

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