May 25th

2011
A judge in Tucson, Ariz., ruled that Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of wounding U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six in a shooting rampage, was mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Jared Lee Loughner
2006
Former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted in Houston of conspiracy and fraud for the company's downfall. (Skilling faces resentencing after his original 24-year sentence was overturned; Lay died before sentencing.).
Trial of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling
2005
Carrie Underwood won the fourth season of "American Idol.".
American Idol (season 4)
2002
A China Airlines jumbo jet breaks apart in mid-air. The Boeing 747 aircraft crashed into the Taiwan Strait, leaving no survivors among the 225 people on board. The accident was caused by improper repairs 22 years earlier, and the airplane was far beyond the serviceable life recommended by Boeing in terms of the number of flights, total hours in the air, and the number of years in service.
China Airlines Flight 611
1992
Jay Leno debuted as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," succeeding Johnny Carson.
The Tonight Show
1986
An estimated 7 million people participated in "Hands Across America," forming a line across the country to raise money for the nation's hungry and homeless.
Los Angeles Unified School District
1981
Daredevil Dan Goodwin, wearing a Spiderman costume, scaled the outside of Chicago's Sears Tower in 71/2 hours.
1979
American Airlines flight 191 crashes shortly after takeoff. The photo showing the lopsided DC-10 hurtling towards the ground at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago is one of the most horrifying images in aviation history. All 258 people on board died.
American Airlines Flight 191
1977
The first Star Wars film is released. George Lucas' epic space opera encompassing seven films is one of the most popular works in movie history.
Star Wars
1969
Midnight Cowboy, the only x-rated film to win a best picture Oscar, was released.
Midnight Cowboy
1968
The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated.
Gateway Arch
1965
Muhammad Ali knocked Sonny Liston out cold in the first round, after 1 minute and 56 seconds, for the world heavyweight title.
Sonny Liston
1963
32 African countries form a coalition against white rule. The Organisation of African Unity was founded to promote decolonization and end white minority governments in Africa. The OAU was replaced by the African Union in 2002.
Organisation of African Unity
1951
Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays made his major league debut with the New York Giants.
Willie Mays
1946
Transjordan became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I.
Emirate of Transjordan
1935
Track and field athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Remembered as 'the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport'.
Carl Lewis
1925
John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
Scopes Trial
1914
British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill.
Government of Ireland Act 1914
1895
Playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London and sentenced to prison.
Oscar Wilde
1878
Song-and-dance man Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born in Richmond, Va.
Bill Robinson
1810
In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Spanish Viceroy Cisneros during Semana de Mayo.
1787
The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia under the leadership of George Washington, in order to establish a new U.S. government.
Constitutional Convention (United States)
1720
The Ship 'Le Grand St Antoine' reaches Marseille, bringing Europe's last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000.
18th century