May 25 1895
British playwright and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons," to wit: fucking some rent boys. For his crime, Wilde is sentenced to two years of hard labor in Reading jail.
May 25 1925
John T. Scopes is indicted by a grand jury for violating Tennessee’s anti-evolution statute, which he claimed to have broken by teaching Darwin’s theory of natural selection in a Dayton high school. Later, on July 10th, the "Scopes Monkey Trial" begins.
May 25 1979
Immediately after flight 191 takes off from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, engine number one tears loose from its wing and falls off. A few seconds later, the DC-10 rolls onto its left side and impacts the ground. All 271 aboard the plane are killed in the explosion, along with two bystanders.
May 25 1980
Televangelist Oral Roberts senses an "overwhelming holy presence" and hallucinates a 900-foot-tall Jesus Christ. The deity reaches down and picks up a 60-story hospital, bragging to the Oklahoman preacher: "See how easy it is for Me to lift it!"
May 25 1985
11,000 people are killed in Bangladesh when a cyclone hits the Bay of Bengal. A 10-to-15 foot wall of water surges over the Ganges delta, devastating a wide area and drowning half a million cattle.
May 25 1996
The body of Bradley Nowell is discovered in his room at San Francisco’s Ocean View Motel. Nowell, lead singer for radio trio Sublime, was killed by an accidental smack overdose.