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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, May  25, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the nation to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
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On this date in:
1787The Constitutional Convention was convened in Philadelphia.
1878Song-and-dance man Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born in Richmond, Va.
1895Playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London and sentenced to prison.
1935Baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career.
1946Transjordan became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I.
1951Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays made his major league debut with the New York Giants.
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1968The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated.
1977The science-fiction movie "Star Wars" was released.
1979An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, killing all 271 people on board and two on the ground.
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1981Daredevil Dan Goodwin, wearing a Spiderman costume, scaled the outside of Chicago's Sears Tower in 71/2 hours.
1986An 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.
1992Jay Leno debuted as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," succeeding Johnny Carson.
2005Carrie Underwood won the fourth season of "American Idol."
2006Former 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.)
2011A 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.
2011 "The Oprah Winfrey Show" aired its final broadcast, ending a 25-year run.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Octavia Spencer ("The Help") turns 47 years old years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
K.C. JonesBasketball Hall of Famer85
Tom T. HallCountry singer, songwriter81
Ian McKellenActor78
Leslie UggamsSinger-actress74
Frank OzMovie producer, "muppeteer"73
Jacki WeaverActress70
Karen ValentineActress ("Room 222")70
Connie SelleccaActress62
Paul WellerRock musician (The Jam, Style Council)59
Amy KlobucharU.S. senator, D-Minn.57
Mike MyersActor, comedian ("Saturday Night Live," "Austin Powers" movies)54
Anne HecheActress48
Molly SimsActress44
Lauryn HillR&B singer42
Cillian MurphyActor41
Shawne MerrimanFootball player33
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher turns 39 years old today.
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