Today in History

  • Mon May 24th, 2010 9:52pm
  • Life

Today is Tuesday, May 25, the 145th day of 2010. There are 220 days left in the year.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

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.

ON THIS DATE

In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began meeting in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.

In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison.

In 1916, the Chicago Tribune published an interview with Henry Ford in which the American industrialist was quoted as saying, “History is more or less bunk.”

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy, addressing Congress, called on the nation to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

In 1979, 273 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed on takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

In 1985, more than 11,000 people were killed as a cyclone and tidal surge devastated Bangladesh.

In 2000, the U.S. government proposed a five-star rating system telling consumers how prone vehicles were to rolling over.

In 2005, the defense rested in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial without calling the pop star, who was acquitted. Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner of “American Idol.” Ismail Merchant, half of the prestigious Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team, died in London at age 68.

Associated Press