Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on May 25? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 25: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 25 is the 145th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 220 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 12, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,495,670,400 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatetracontapentagon’ day.

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Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 270 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,616 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 25 Historical Events

  • 1085
    Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo, Spain back from the Moors.
  • 1935
    Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • 1951
    Future Hall of Famer Willie Mays was called up by the New York Giants from their farm team Minneapolis Millers. We went 0-5 in his first major league game.
  • 1999
    The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People’s Republic of China’s nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades.
  • 2009
    North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests building tensions in the international community.

Who were born on May 25?

  • 1908
    Theodore Roethke, American poet (d. 1963)
  • 1912
    Princess Deokhye of Korea (d. 1989)
  • 1943
    John Palmer, British musician (Family)
  • 1944
    John Bunnell, American law enforcement official and TV personality
  • 1944
    Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (d. 2005)

Who died on May 25?

  • 1085
    Pope Gregory VII (b. c. 1020)
  • 1741
    Daniel Ernst Jablonski, German theologian (b. 1660)
  • 1996
    Renzo De Felice, Italian historian (b. 1929)
  • 2009
    Haakon Lie, Norwegian Labour politician (b. 1905)
  • 2010
    Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)

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