May 25

1787

The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia under the leadership of George Washington, in order to establish a new U.S. government.

1925

John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.

1935

American track star Jesse Owens broke three world records and tied another in a little over an hour.

1935

The legendary Babe Ruth hit his 714th and final home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His record stood until Hank Aaron broke it in 1974.

1965

Muhammad Ali knocked Sonny Liston out cold in the first round, after 1 minute and 56 seconds, for the world heavyweight title.

1968

The Gateway Arch was dedicated in St. Louis.

1969

Midnight Cowboy, the only x-rated film to win a best picture Oscar, was released.

1979

The worst air disaster in U.S. history (excluding the Sept. 11 attacks) occurred when a DC-10 crashed at Chicago's O'Hare airport, killing over 270 people.

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