May

May 25: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 25

May 25th is also known as Tap Dance Day and Towel Day.

We are now on the 145th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into 2021. There are 220 days left until next year.

For those of you who were born on this day, your star sign is Gemini.

To push you through the rest of the month check out all these interesting historical happenings that all occurred on this unique day, May 25th.

Did you know that on this day in 1992, Jay Leno became the permanent host of “The Tonight Show”. This was 3 days after the retirement of Johnny Carson as the show’s host.

Keep reading for more facts about May 25th in history!

What Happened On May 25 In History?

2017

Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins premiered in Los Angeles. It was the first superhero film directed by a woman.

2012

SpaceX’s Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station.

OTD in 2012: SpaceX's Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station.
The spacecraft was named after the song "Puff, the Magic Dragon" as a response to those who said the project was impossible. In addition to succeeding, Dragon also made a cargo delivery to the ISS on its voyage.
2011

Oprah Winfrey aired her last show.

After 25 years and 4,561 episodes, The Oprah Winfrey Show ended. It remains to be one of the highest-rated daytime talk shows in American T.V. history.
2001

32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer from Boulder, Colorado, became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

OTD in 2001: 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer from Boulder
2000

At the 53rd Cannes Film Festival, “Dancer in the Dark” directed by Lars von Trier starring Björk won the Palme d’Or award.

2000

The South Lebanon Conflict which began in 1985 ended on this day, and Lebanon became liberated.

This day is now celebrated every year as Lebanon Day of Liberation.
1992

Jay Leno became the permanent host of “The Tonight Show.”

1986

The Hands Across America charity event was held.

The goal was to make a human chain holding hands from California to New York. Although many areas weren't populated enough to make the line unbroken, about 5 to 6.5 million people held hands for 15 minutes. The event raised $15 million for charities.
1979

Alien, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver was released.

1977

The original Star Wars film (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas was first released.

Did you know that on this day, May 25th 1992, Jay Leno became the permanent host of "The Tonight Show".