#TodayInHistory – May 252 min read
May 25 – Some important events on this day
1720 👉🏼 The Ship “Le Grand St Antoine” reaches Marseille, bringing Europe’s last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000 🚢
1810 👉🏼 In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Spanish Viceroy Cisneros during Semana de Mayo.
1887 👉🏼 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire. 200 die. 🔥
1895 👉🏼 Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency
1904 👉🏼 Exactly 20 years later after a witch launch a curse, the town of Yazoo, Mississippi, caught fire.
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1914 👉🏼 British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill
1927 👉🏼 Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford.
1961 👉🏼 JFK announces US goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade
1977 👉🏼 “Star Wars” opens in theaters
1986 👉🏼 Hands Across America – 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY
1994 👉🏼 Pennsylvania man buried with his beloved Corvette.
On this day, the ashes of 71-year-old George Swanson are buried (according to his request) in the driver’s seat of his 1984 white Corvette in Hempfield County, Pennsylvania.
George, a beer distributor and former U.S. Army sergeant during World War II, died the previous March 31 and he had reportedly been planning his unusual burial for some time, buying 12 burial plots at nearby Brush Creek Cemetery, in order to ensure that his beloved Corvette would fit in his grave with him. After his death, however, the cemetery balked, amid concerns of vandalism and worries that other clients would be offended by the outlandish nature of the burial. They finally relented after weeks of negotiations, but insisted that the burial be private, and that the car be drained of fluids to protect the environment.
2001 👉🏼 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
But what the top of Mount Everest is really like?
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2019 👉🏼 First ever albino panda footage in the wild released (taken in April) from China’s Wolong National Nature Reserve. 🐼
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