This Day In History : May 25

1810 Argentina

The Primera Junta (local government) is established in Argentina

The Primera Junta, the first independent government in Argentina, was established on May 25, 1810. This event, known as the May Revolution, marked the beginning of the Argentine War of Independence against Spanish rule.

Also on This Day in History May 25

Discover what happened on May 25 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, May 25
  • 1803 Ralph Waldo Emerson

    American poet and philosopher

  • 1889 Igor Sikorsky

    Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft

  • 1938 Raymond Carver

    American poet and short story writer (Furious Season)

  • 1956 Larry Hogan

    American politician, Governor of Maryland (2015-)

  • 1965 Yahya Jammeh

    Gambian dictator (1994-2017)

Deaths on This Day, May 25
  • 2010 Michael H. Jordan

    Businessman and CEO of PepsiCo and CBS Corp.

  • 1954 Robert Capa

    Hungarian photographer and photojournalist who covered five wars and was awarded the Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower for his work on World War II

  • 1919 Madam C. J. Walker

    African American entrepreneur (First American self-made female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company)

  • 1996 Renzo de Felice

    Italian historian of Fascism

  • 2005 Sunil Dutt

    Indian Bollywood director, actor and politician


North Korea tests its second nuclear device

On May 25, 2009, North Korea conducted its second nuclear test, which significantly heightened global concerns about the country's nuclear capabilities and intentions.

Hands Across America takes place

Hands Across America took place on May 25, 1986. This event aimed to raise money and awareness for hunger and homelessness by forming a human chain across the United States.

Doppler Effect

Christian Doppler presents his idea, now known as the Doppler Effect (through the changing colors of binary stars)

Jordan gains independence from Britain

Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes King of Jordan
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