THIS DAY IN HISTORY 25/05


This Day in History 25/05
MAY 25TH

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1895 – The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as the president

1946 – Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan

1946 – Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1963 – Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia

1989 – Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union

1997 – A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.

2000 – Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.

2011 – Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show

2013 – Bayern Munich defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final

2013 –  Yuichiro Miura of Japan becomes the oldest person to climb Mount Everest

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1818 – Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian

1889 – Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft

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1907 – Rachel Carson, conservationist/writer (silent springs)

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1908 – David Lean, British director (Lawrence of Arabia)

1908 – Theodore Roethke, US, poet (Words for the Wind)

1939 – Ian McKellen, England, actor (Keep, Plenty, Scarlet Pimpernel)

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1969 – Anne Heche, Ohio, actress (Donnie Brasco, Juror, Volcano)

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1979 – Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer

FAMOUS DEATHS

1919 – Madame C. J. Walker, wealthy cosmetics manufacturer, dies at 51

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1954 – Robert Capa, Hungarian-born photojournalist (b. 1913)

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2010 – Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)

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