What Happened On This Day – May 25
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.
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.
1979 Etan Patz disappears
The disappearance and murder of the 6-year-old boy from New York City and the extensive publicity it received helped spark the missing children's movement.
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.
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.
Births On This Day – May 25
1979 Jonny Wilkinson
English rugby player
1976 Cillian Murphy
1974 Frank Klepacki
American drummer, composer
1899 Kazi Nazrul Islam
Indian flute player, poet
1803 Ralph Waldo Emerson
American poet, philosopher
Deaths On This Day – May 25
2006 Desmond Dekker
2005 Graham Kennedy
1934 Gustav Holst
1848 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
German author, composer
992 Mieszko I of Poland