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Today in History — May 25

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Friday, May 25, the 145th day of 2007. There are 220 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention was convened in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.

On this date:
In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule.

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

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.

In 1946, Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah the First.

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

In 1968, the Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, was dedicated.

In 1976, Rep. Wayne L. Hays of Ohio admitted to a “personal relationship” with Elizabeth Ray, a staff member who claimed she’d received her secretarial job in order to be Hays’ mistress.

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

In 1986, an estimated 7 million Americans participated in “Hands Across America,” forming a line across the country to raise money for the nation’s hungry and homeless.

In 1992, Jay Leno made his debut as permanent host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” succeeding Johnny Carson.

Ten years ago: In the first round of parliamentary elections, French voters gave the leftist opposition the biggest share of votes in a surprising setback for President Jacques Chirac’s conservatives. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, marking 41 years and 10 months of service.

Five years ago: 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. A China Airlines jumbo jet flying to Hong Kong crashed in the Taiwan Strait, killing all 225 people on board. A passenger train and a freight train collided in southern Mozambique, killing 195 people.

One year ago: President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair held a White House news conference in which they acknowledged making costly mistakes in Iraq, but vowed to keep troops there until the fragile new government took hold. Former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted in Houston of conspiracy and fraud for the company’s downfall. (Lay died in July from heart disease and his convictions were vacated; Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in prison.) Pope Benedict XVI began a four-day pilgrimage to Poland, the homeland of his immediate predecessor, Pope John Paul II.

Today’s Birthdays: Lyricist Hal David is 86. Former opera singer Beverly Sills is 78. Former White House news secretary Ron Nessen is 73. Country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall is 71. Actor Sir Ian McKellen is 68. Actress Dixie Carter is 68. Country singer Jessi Colter is 64. Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 64. Movie director and Muppeteer Frank Oz is 63. Actress Karen Valentine is 60. Rock singer Klaus Meine (The Scorpions) is 59. Actress Patti D’Arbanville is 56. Actress Connie Sellecca is 52. Rock singer-musician Paul Weller is 49. Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 44. Actor Matt Borlenghi is 40. Actor Joseph Reitman is 39. Rock musician Glen Drover is 38. Actress Anne Heche is 38. Actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (“Little House on the Prairie”) are 37. Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is 37. Actor Justin Henry is 36. Rapper Daz Dillinger is 34. Actress Molly Sims is 34. Singer Lauryn Hill is 32. Actor Cillian Murphy is 31. Actor Ethan Suplee is 31. Rock musician Todd Whitener (Tantric) is 29. Actor Corbin Allred is 28. Actress-singer Lauren Frost is 22.

Thought for Today: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and poet (1803-1882).