946 May 25, Edmund the Older, king of Wessex, England, (939-46), died.
1849 May 25, Andreas Michiels (52), Dutch Military Governor of West Sumatra, died in battle.
1924 May 25, Theodore Morse (51), composer, died.
1965 May 25, Muhammad Ali KO’d Sonny Liston in 1st round for heavyweight boxing title.
1967 May 25, John Lennon took delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce. He had acquired the Phantom V on June 3, 1965.
1968 May 25, Charles K. Feldman, film producer, died. His film productions included Casino Royale (1967).
1986 May 25, Virgilio Barco (1921-1997) was elected President of Colombia. He served from 1986 to 1990.
1992 May 25, Johan B.W. Polak (63) publisher, publicist (Bloom of Décadence), died.
1996 May 25 President Clinton, honoring the men and women who died in military service, used his weekly radio address to defend America’s global military role, saying it “is making our people safer and the world more secure.”
1998 May 25, In Sierra Leone Borboh Jeff Kamara (14) was walking to school with classmates when rebels grabbed him, held him down and cut off his fingers, leaving only his thumbs.
2000 May 25, Iranian state radio announced that former President Hashemi Rafsanjani had resigned from the incoming parliament, depriving hard-liners of a leading figure in the power struggle between conservatives and reformists.
2002 May 25, President Bush, during a visit to St. Petersburg, joined Russian President Vladimir Putin in pressuring Pakistan’s president to curb cross-border violence in Kashmir and ease tensions with neighboring India.
2004 May 25, Publisher Roger W. Straus Jr. died in New York at age 87.
2006 May 25, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the two politicians most responsible for beginning a war now highly unpopular with both their publics, acknowledged sour notes during a news conference at the White House.
2007 May 25, Charles Nelson Reilly (76), actor, died. In 1962 he appeared on Broadway as Bud Frump in the original Broadway production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The role won Reilly a Tony Award. He later became known for his ribald appearances on the “Tonight Show” and various game shows.
2011 May 25, President Barack Obama warned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi there would be ‘no let up’ in pressure on him to go, following a second successive night of heavy NATO bombing in Tripoli
2011 May 25, Sudan’s president gave northern troops a “green light” to attack southern forces if provoked. President Barack Obama, speaking at a news conference in London, called for the rapid reinforcement of UN peacekeeping troops in the Abyei region, from which tens of thousands of civilians have fled over the last week.
2012 May 25, French President Francois Hollande for the first time provided details of his plan to pull France’s combat troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, saying he would leave around 1,400 soldiers behind to help with training and logistics.
2014 May 25, In Poland General Wojciech Jaruzelski (90) died. The Communist leader for years had helped the Kremlin suppress dissent behind the Iron Curtain before finally allowing democratic rule.