TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Saturday, May 25, the 145th day of 2013. There are 220 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy told Congress: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”
On this date:
In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.
In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule with the forming of the Primera Junta in Buenos Aires.
In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison.
In 1935, Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career, for the Boston Braves, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field.
In 1942, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell, frustrated over being driven out of Burma by Japanese troops during World War II, told reporters in Delhi, India: “I claim we got a hell of a beating.”
In 1946, Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I.
In 1963, the Organisation of African Unity was founded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (The OAU was disbanded in 2002 in favor of the African Union.)
In 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall.
In 1979, 273 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed just after takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared while on his way to a school bus stop in lower Manhattan.
In 1981, daredevil Dan Goodwin, wearing a Spiderman costume, scaled the outside of Chicago’s Sears Tower in 7ﾽ hours.
In 1986, an estimated 7 million Americans participated in “Hands Across America” to raise money for the nation’s hungry and homeless.
In 1988, the final episode of “St. Elsewhere” aired on NBC-TV.
Ten years ago: In a historic vote cast under intense U.S. pressure, Israel’s government conditionally approved by a narrow margin an internationally backed “road map” to peace. Nestor Kirchner was sworn in as Argentina’s first popularly elected president since the country’s financial meltdown in December 2001.
Today’s Birthdays: Author W.P. Kinsella is 78. Country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall is 77. Actor Sir Ian McKellen is 74. Country singer Jessi Colter is 70. Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 70. Movie director and Muppeteer Frank Oz is 69. Actress Karen Valentine is 66. Actress Jacki Weaver is 66. Rock singer Klaus Meine (The Scorpions) is 65. Actress Patti D’Arbanville is 62. Actress Connie Sellecca is 58. Rock singer-musician Paul Weller is 55. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is 53. Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 50. Actor Matt Borlenghi is 46. Actor Joseph Reitman is 45. Rock musician Glen Drover is 44. Actress Anne Heche is 44. Actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (TV: “Little House on the Prairie”) are 43. Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is 43. Actress Octavia Spencer is 43. Actor Justin Henry is 42. Actress Molly Sims is 40. Actress Erinn Hayes is 37. Actor Cillian Murphy is 37. Actor Ethan Suplee is 37. Rock musician Todd Whitener is 35. Actor Corbin Allred is 34. Actress-singer Lauren Frost is 28. Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman is 19.