Today is Monday, May 25, the 146th day of 2020 with 220 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Mercury and Venus.
Today is Memorial Day in the United States.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include poet/philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1803; YMCA leader/Nobel Peace Prize laureate John Mott in 1865; dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in 1878; aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky in 1889; humorist/publisher Bennett Cerf in 1898; actor Claude Akins in 1926; spy novelist Robert Ludlum in 1927; opera singer Beverly Sills, born Belle Miriam Silverman, in 1929; basketball Hall of Fame member K.C. Jones in 1932 (age 88); Canadian writer W.P. Kinsella in 1935; actor Dixie Carter in 1939; actor Ian McKellen in 1939 (age 81); singer/actor Leslie Uggams in 1943 (age 77); singer Jessi Colter in 1943 (age 77); director/actor/puppeteer Frank Oz, born Richard Frank Oznowicz, in 1944 (age 76); actor Karen Valentine in 1947 (age 73); actor Connie Sellecca in 1955 (age 65); comedian/actor Mike Myers in 1963 (age 57); actor Anne Heche in 1969 (age 51); actor Octavia Spencer in 1972 (age 48); actor Cillian Murphy in 1976 (age 44); former professional football player Brian Urlacher in 1978 (age 42); actor Esme Bianco in 1982 (age 38); wrestler Roman Reigns in 1985 (age 35); gymnast Aly Raisman in 1994 (age 26).
On this date in history:
In 1787, with George Washington presiding, the first regular session of the Constitutional Convention, which drew up the Constitution of the United States, convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
In 1925, John Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution in a Tennessee high school, leading to a trial that became a media sensation. Scopes was convicted and fined $100; the conviction was later overturned.
In 1935, winding up his legendary career (with the Boston Braves in his last season), Babe Ruth hit his 714th home run in his final game. The record stood for 39 years until Hank Aaron, also with the Braves, although in Atlanta, broke it in 1974. Aaron went on to hit 755 homers and current record-holder Barry Bonds had 762.
In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy told a joint session of Congress of the plan to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
In 1977, the first installment of George Lucas' Star Wars film series was released.
In 1986, 5 million people formed a broken 4,000-mile human chain from Los Angeles to New York in "Hands Across America," to benefit the nation's homeless. The event raised $24.5 million.
In 1994, after living 20 years in exile, mostly in the United States, Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to his homeland. He had been expelled after The Gulag Archipelago, an expose of the Soviet prison camp system, was published in the West in 1974.
In 1997, mutinous soldiers seized power in Sierra Leone.
In 2008, NASA's Phoenix spacecraft made a smooth landing on Mars, completing a nine-month, 422-million-mile journey, setting down in the planet's frigid polar region where scientists hoped to find water.
In 2011, The Oprah Winfrey Show broadcast its final original episode after 25 years on the air.
In 2012, private space company SpaceX's Dragon capsule became the first commercial cargo vessel to visit the International Space Station.
In 2013, amid tight security, about 3,000 people who had been in the Boston Marathon April 15 when bombs killed three people and injured scores of others returned to complete the final mile. One runner said the event, called OneRun, was "a great way to show the strength of Boston and the camaraderie in our city."
In 2019, French filmmaker Mati Diop, the first black female director to be considered for a prize at the Cannes Film Festival, won the event's Grand Prix, the second-place prize, for her film Atlantics. The first prize, the Palme d'Or, went to Parasite, which later won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
A thought for the day: "The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work." -- American TV personality Oprah Winfrey