Monday, May 25
Monday, May 25
The Associated Press
May. 18, 2015
Today is Monday, May 25, the 145th day of 2015. There are 220 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1622 - The Tryal, believed to be first English ship to sight Australia, is wrecked on rocks in the Monte Bello Islands off Western Australia.
1744 - Austrian troops invade Alsace in France.
1787 - The U.S. Constitutional Convention is convened in Philadelphia.
1846 - Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte escapes to London from imprisonment in Ham, France. He returns two years later and is elected president of France.
1911 - Revolution in Mexico overthrows President Porfirio Diaz.
1914 - Britain's House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule Bill, but Irish autonomy remains suspended during World War I.
1915 - With the European powers preoccupied by war, China is forced to accept a Japanese ultimatum regarding rights and privileges.
1923 - Independence of Transjordan — now Jordan — under Amir Abdullah is proclaimed.
1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy asks Americans to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
1963 - Leaders of six African nations, meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, form Organization of African Unity.
1969 - Parliamentary government in Sudan is overthrown in bloodless coup and Maj. Gen. Jafaar Numeiry heads new military regime.
1970 - United States places first of its MIRV missiles, with multiple warheads capable of striking different targets, in underground silos in North Dakota.
1979 - American Airlines DC-10 loses an engine and nosedives into ground at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, killing all 272 people aboard.
1985 - Emir of Kuwait escapes death when terrorists detonate a bomb in his motorcade. Extremist Jihad Islamic organization claims responsibility.
1988 - Israeli Army imposes curfews confining 200,000 Arabs as PLO-mandated general strike shuts down commerce and transportation in occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
1989 - Chinese Premier Li Peng denies that troops surrounding Beijing are deployed to crush student protests.
1991 - In a two-day airlift, Israel brings 15,000 Ethiopian Jews from the besieged city of Addis Ababa to Israel.
1997 - Rebels topple the government of Sierra Leone in a violent coup.
1998 - Indonesia's new president, B.J. Habibie, announces that elections will be held and begins releasing some political prisoners.
1999 - NATO's top policy makers approve a plan for a 50,000-strong force to be sent to Kosovo when Serb troops withdraw.
2002 - A China Airlines passenger jet carrying 225 people breaks up in the air and crashes into the Taiwan Strait.
2008 - Michel Suleiman is sworn in as Lebanon's president after Parliament elected him in long-delayed vote following an 18-month political stalemate that brought the country to the brink of another civil war.
2010 - Relations on the divided Korean peninsula plunge to their lowest point in a decade when the North declares it is cutting all ties to the South as punishment for blaming the communists for the sinking of a South Korean warship.
2014 - The far right and Euroskeptics make sweeping gains in European Parliament elections, signaling a major political shift toward parties that want to slash the power of the European Union or abolish it altogether.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, U.S. writer (1803-1882); Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia's president (1892-1980); Beverly Sills, U.S. opera singer (1929-2007); Ian McKellen, British actor (1939--); John Newcombe, Australian tennis star (1944--); David Graham, Australian golfer (1946--); Mike Myers, Canadian actor/comedian (1963--); Lauryn Hill, U.S. singer (1975--); Frank Oz, British-born director/voice of Yoda and Miss Piggy (1944--).
Thought For Today:
Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much — Zora Neale Hurston, American anthropologist (1903-1960).