What Happened on May 25

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Historical Events

1720 – The Ship “Le Grand St Antoine” reaches Marseille, bringing Europe’s last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000.
1842 – Christian Doppler presents his idea, now known as the Doppler Effect (through the changing colors of binary stars), to the Royal Bohemian Society, Prague
1949 – Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai
1994 – Emmy 21st Daytime Award presentation – Susan Lucci not nominated
2000 – 53rd Cannes Film Festival: “Dancer in the Dark” directed by Lars von Trier and starring Björk (Best Actress) wins the Palme d’Or
2014 – Senior PGA Championship, GC at Shore Harbor: Colin Montgomerie of Scotland wins first of 3 Champions Tour majors by 4 strokes from Tom Watson

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Famous Birthdays

1818 – Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1897)
1865 – John Mott, American evangelist and organizer (YMCA, Nobel 1946), born in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County, New York (d. 1955)
1945 – Dave Lee Travis [David Griffin], British DJ and presenter (Top of the Pops], convicted of indecent assault, born in Buxton, Derbyshire
1952 – Al Sarrantonio, American writer (999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense), born in NYC, New York
1961 – Hiro Saito, Japanese professional wrestler (All-Japan/NJPW/Calgary), born in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
1979 – Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer, born in Greenwich, London

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Famous Deaths

1917 – Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet, dies at 25
1934 – Gustav Holst, English composer (The Planets; Ode to Death), dies at 59
1945 – Demjan Bednyi, Russian writer and satirist, dies at 62
1954 – Robert Capa, Hungarian war photographer and photojournalist, dies of injuries from a landmine explosion at 40
1966 – Ricardo Castillo, Guatemalan composer, dies at 71
2020 – Marvin Luster, American CFL Hall of Fame defensive back (6 x CFL All Star; Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes), dies at 82

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