25th May

Born on this Day 25th May
1713 John Stuart
1803 Ralph Waldo Emerson
1878 Bill Robinson (Mr. Bojangles)1913 Richard Dimbleby
1939 Sir Ian McKellen
1945 Dave Lee Travis
1958 Paul Weller
1959 Julian Clary
1961 Anthea Turner
1963 Mike Myers
1979 Jonny Wilkinson
1986 Lauren Crace

Died on this Day
1934 Gustav Holst
1965 Sonny Boy Williamson


1974 Mungo Jerry spent their final week in the top 20 with ‘Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black’.


1983 Hamburg beat favourites Juventus in their final of the European Cup.

1997 The England cricket team completed a clean-sweep of the Texaco Trophy international series against Australia with a 4 wicket victory at Lords. The game also saw the debut of 19 year old Ben Hollioak, the youngest England cricketer for almost half a century, who is hotly tipped to become a new cricket hero and role model.

People & Showbiz

1977 ‘Star Wars’ went on general release in America, 7 years after its creator George Lucas first wrote the story.

1983 The third movie in the Star Wars series ‘Return of the Jedi’ was released nationwide in America.

1995 Explosive experts made safe a letter bomb in a brown envelope addressed to Terry Wogan at the BBC
And Camelot Group, backed by Cadbury Schweppes, won the National Lottery contract.

General Events

1659 Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England following the restoration of the Long Parliament, beginning a second brief period of the republican government called the Commonwealth of England.

1833 Organised by the Horticultural Society, the first recorded Flower Show to be held in Britain opened in Chiswick.
1859 Keel of the famous battle ship the HMS Warrior was laid down at Blackwall…

1984 The American satellite Solar Max, which had been repaired by space shuttle astronauts, recorded one of the 6 largest flare eruptions ever seen on the sun.

1989 British Aerospace was fined £4,000 by Bolton magistrates after the company admitted their failure to ensure the safety of their employees after 30 people were seriously affected by Legionnaires disease at the BAe missiles component factory.

1990 As Labour swept to victory at the Bootle by-election, the SDP suffered the embarassment of winning less votes than the Monster Raving Loony Party.

1995 Britain’s oldest churchwarden, Mr William Curtis, retired aged 98.

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