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Friday 25 May 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest day on which Memorial Day can fall, while May 31 is the latest; celebrated on the last Monday in May. (United States)
  • Earliest day on which Mother's Day can fall, while May 31 is the latest; celebrated on the last Sunday in May. (Algeria, Dominican Republic, France (First Sunday of June, if Pentecost occurs on this day), Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Sweden, Tunisia)
  • First National Government / National Day (Argentina)
  • National Missing Children's Day (United States), and its related observances: - International Missing Children's Day
  • National Tap Dance Day (United States)

Events

  • 2012 – The SpaceX Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station.
  • 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.
  • 1979 – American Airlines Flight 191: In Chicago, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashes during takeoff at O'Hare International Airport killing all 271 on board and two people on the ground.
  • 1978 – The first bomb of a series of bombings orchestrated by the Unabomber detonates at Northwestern University resulting in minor injuries.
  • 1977 – Star Wars is released in theaters.
  • 1955 – First ascent of Kangchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third-highest mountain in the world, by a British expedition led by Charles Evans. Joe Brown and George Band reached the summit on May 25, followed by Norman Hardie and Tony Streather the next day.
  • 1955 – In the United States, a night-time F5 tornado strikes the small city of Udall, Kansas, killing 80 and injuring 273. It is the deadliest tornado to ever occur in the state and the 23rd deadliest in the U.S.
  • 1953 – At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conducts its first and only nuclear artillery test.
  • 1953 – The first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston.
  • 1809 – Chuquisaca Revolution: Patriot revolt in Chuquisaca (modern day Sucre) against the Spanish Empire, sparking the Latin American wars of independence.
  • 1787 – The United States Constitutional Convention formally convenes in Philadelphia, when a quorum of seven states is secured.
  • 240 BC – First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.

Births

  • 1994 – Aly Raisman, American gymnast
  • 1990 – Bo Dallas, American wrestler
  • 1985 – Roman Reigns, American football player and wrestler
  • 1984 – A. J. Foyt IV, American race car driver
  • 1984 – Shawne Merriman, American football player
  • 1982 – Jason Kubel, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Ryan Gallant, American skateboarder
  • 1982 – Stacey Pensgen, American figure skater and meteorologist
  • 1980 – Joe King, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1979 – Carlos Bocanegra, American soccer player
  • 1979 – Chris Young, American baseball pitcher
  • 1978 – Brian Urlacher, American football player
  • 1977 – Alberto Del Rio, Mexican-American mixed martial artist and wrestler
  • 1976 – Ethan Suplee, American actor
  • 1974 – Frank Klepacki, American drummer and composer
  • 1974 – Miguel Tejada, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1973 – Daz Dillinger, American rapper and producer
  • 1973 – Molly Sims, American model and actress
  • 1972 – Octavia Spencer, American actress and author
  • 1970 – Jamie Kennedy, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Anne Heche, American actress
  • 1969 – Stacy London, American journalist and author
  • 1968 – Kendall Gill, American basketball player, boxer, and sportscaster
  • 1964 – David Shaw, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • 1963 – George Hickenlooper, American director and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1963 – Mike Myers, Canadian-American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Amy Klobuchar, American lawyer and politician
  • 1958 – Dorothy Straight, American children's author
  • 1957 – Edward Lee, American author
  • 1956 – David P. Sartor, American composer and conductor
  • 1956 – Larry Hogan, American politician, 62nd Governor of Maryland
  • 1953 – Eve Ensler, American playwright and producer
  • 1953 – Stan Sakai, Japanese-American author and illustrator
  • 1952 – Al Sarrantonio, American author and publisher
  • 1952 – Gordon H. Smith, American businessman and politician
  • 1952 – Jeffrey Bewkes, American businessman
  • 1952 – Nick Fotiu, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1951 – Bob Gale, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1950 – Robby Steinhardt, American rock violinist and singer
  • 1949 – Jamaica Kincaid, Antiguan-American novelist, short story writer, and essayist
  • 1947 – Catherine G. Wolf, American psychologist and computer scientist
  • 1947 – Karen Valentine, American actress
  • 1946 – David A. Hargrave, American game designer, created Arduin (d. 1988)
  • 1944 – Frank Oz, English-born American puppeteer, filmmaker, and actor
  • 1944 – Robert MacPherson, American mathematician and academic
  • 1943 – Jessi Colter, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1943 – Leslie Uggams, American actress and singer
  • 1939 – Dixie Carter, American actress and singer (d. 2010)
  • 1938 – Raymond Carver, American short story writer and poet(d. 1988)
  • 1936 – Tom T. Hall, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1935 – Cookie Gilchrist, American football player (d. 2011)
  • 1935 – Victoria Shaw, Australian-born American actress (d. 1988)
  • 1933 – Sarah Marshall, English-American actress (d. 2014)
  • 1932 – John Gregory Dunne, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic (d. 2003)
  • 1932 – K. C. Jones, American basketball player and coach
  • 1931 – Irwin Winkler, American director and producer
  • 1929 – Beverly Sills, American soprano and actress (d. 2007)
  • 1927 – Norman Petty, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (d. 1984)
  • 1927 – Robert Ludlum, American soldier and author (d. 2001)
  • 1926 – Claude Akins, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1925 – Don Liddle, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • 1925 – Jeanne Crain, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1921 – Hal David, American songwriter and composer (d. 2012)
  • 1921 – Kitty Kallen, American singer (d. 2016)
  • 1917 – Steve Cochran, American film, television and stage actor (d. 1965)
  • 1917 – Theodore Hesburgh, American priest, theologian, and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1912 – Dean Rockwell, American commander, wrestler, and coach (d. 2005)
  • 1908 – Theodore Roethke, American poet (d. 1963)
  • 1898 – Bennett Cerf, American publisher and television game show panelist; co-founded Random House (d. 1971)
  • 1897 – Gene Tunney, American boxer and soldier (d. 1978)
  • 1893 – Ernest "Pop" Stoneman, American country musician (d. 1968)
  • 1889 – Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aircraft designer, founded Sikorsky Aircraft (d. 1972)
  • 1886 – Philip Murray, Scottish-American miner and labor leader (d. 1952)
  • 1882 – Marie Doro, American actress (d. 1956)
  • 1879 – William Stickney, American golfer (d. 1944)
  • 1878 – Bill Robinson, American actor and dancer (d. 1949)
  • 1865 – John Mott, American evangelist and saint, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)
  • 1860 – James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist and academic (d. 1944)
  • 1852 – William Muldoon, American wrestler and trainer (d. 1933)
  • 1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and philosopher (d. 1882)
  • 1783 – Philip Pendleton Barbour, American farmer and politician, 12th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1841)
  • 1725 – Samuel Ward, American politician, 31st Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island (d. 1776)

Deaths

  • 2014 – Herb Jeffries, American singer and actor (b. 1913)
  • 2014 – Matthew Saad Muhammad, American boxer and trainer (b. 1954)
  • 2012 – Lou Watson, American basketball player and coach (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Peter D. Sieruta, American author and critic (b. 1958)
  • 2012 – William Hanley, American author and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2010 – Jarvis Williams, American football player and coach (b. 1965)
  • 2010 – Michael H. Jordan, American businessman (b. 1936)
  • 2008 – J. R. Simplot, American businessman, founded Simplot (b. 1909)
  • 2007 – Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor, comedian, and director (b. 1931)
  • 2005 – Robert Jankel, English businessman, founded Panther Westwinds (b. 1938)
  • 2004 – Roger Williams Straus, Jr., American publisher, co-founded Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publishing Company (b. 1917)
  • 2003 – Sloan Wilson, American author and poet (b. 1920)
  • 1990 – Vic Tayback, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 1986 – Chester Bowles, American journalist and politician, 22nd Under Secretary of State (b. 1901)
  • 1983 – Jack Stewart, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1917)
  • 1957 – Leo Goodwin, American swimmer, diver, and water polo player (b. 1883)
  • 1942 – Emanuel Feuermann, Ukrainian-American cellist and educator (b. 1902)
  • 1937 – Henry Ossawa Tanner, American-French painter and illustrator (b. 1859)
  • 1927 – Payne Whitney, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1876)
  • 1919 – Eliza Pollock, American archer (b. 1840)
  • 1919 – Madam C. J. Walker, American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (b. 1867)
  • 1912 – Austin Lane Crothers, American educator and politician, 46th Governor of Maryland (b. 1860)
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