May 25 in Pop Culture History
1878 – Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opened at the Opera Comique in London.
1935 – At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth hit his 714th (and final) home run.
1961 – President John F. Kennedy declared “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space program in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.”
1968 – The Saint Louis Gateway Arch was dedicated.
1977 – Star Wars opened Memorial Day weekend, marking the biggest entertainment juggernaut in modern popular culture.
1977 – Chinese government removed the ban on the works of William Shakespeare, the biggest entertainment juggernaut in the Elizabethan era.
1985 # 1 Hit May 25, 1985 – June 7, 1985: Wham! – Everything She Wants
1986 – Hands Across America took place.
1991 # 1 Hit May 25, 1991 – June 7, 1991: Mariah Carey – I Don’t Wanna Cry
1992 – Jay Leno made his debut as the new host of The Tonight Show.
1994 – George Swanson was buried in Brush Creek Cemetery, in the driver’s seat of his 1984 white Corvette in Hempfield County, Pennsylvania.
1996 – Sublime singer/guitarist Bradley Nowel died from a heroin overdose. He was not 27
2005 – Carrie Underwood won season four of America Idol on FOX.
2011- Oprah Winfrey hosted the final episode of her syndicated daytime show.