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May 25
2018

Society Law Politics

The Republic of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to allow the legalisation of abortion, paving the way to replace a law granting an equal right to life to the mother and unborn child with a more flexible regime

May 25
2014

Deaths

General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s last Communist leader, died at the age of 90

May 25
2014

Society Law Politics

Billionaire businessman Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine’s special presidential election. He inherited a country mired in civil war and financial disarray, and with an especially tense relationship with Russia

May 25
2014

Society Law Politics

Eurosceptic and far-right parties made big gains in elections to the European Parliament as voters protested against austerity and unemployment throughout the 28-member bloc

May 25
2012

Aerospace

The Dragon spacecraft, a reusable spacecraft developed by SpaceX, a U.S. company, became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station

May 25
2010

People

Iran released film director Jafar Panahi after more than two months in custody, including a hunger strike, following an international campaign led by French actress Juliette Binoche. The acclaimed film-maker, who had won awards at the Venice and Berlin Film Festivals, and was due to be acting as a member of the jury at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, was detained in Tehran’s Evin prison after voicing support for an opposition candidate in the 2009 disputed election. Panahi was released on a bail of $200,000 but still faced trial by a revolutionary court. In December 2010, he was sentenced to six years in jail and given a 20-year ban on making or directing any movies, writing screenplays, giving any form of interview to Iranian or foreign media or leaving the country

May 25
2010

Deaths

South African opera star Siphiwo Ntshebe, chosen by Nelson Mandela to sing at the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup the following month, died suddenly at the age of only 34 after contracting meningitis

May 25
2009

Aerospace

North Korea conducted a second nuclear weapons test, much stronger than Pyongyang’s first test in 2006

May 25
2009

Disasters Accidents Riots

Cyclone Aila killed over 150 people in Bangladesh and eastern India

May 25
2008

Aerospace

NASA’s Mars Phoenix Lander touched down near the north pole of Mars on a mission to discover whether the region could once have supported primitive life

May 25
2008

People

Lebanon’s parliament elected army commander General Michel Suleiman as president, ending the deadlock which had left the post vacant since November 2007. The Western-backed government and Hezbollah-led opposition had agreed on the army chief as a compromise candidate as violence raised fears of civil war

May 25
2007

Medical Science Technology

The Vatican announced that a giant rooftop garden of solar panels was to be built on top of the Paul VI audience hall, creating enough electricity to heat, cool and light the entire building all year round

May 25
2006

Deaths

Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter Desmond Dekker died from a heart attack. Dekker introduced reggae and ska, a brand of music combining indigenous Jamaican folk music with American rhythm and blues, to a wider audience and together with his backing group, The Aces, had one of the first international Jamaican hits with The Israelites

May 25
2006

Society Law Politics

Two former CEOs of the now bankrupt Enron, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, were convicted of conspiracy and securities fraud in the District Court of Houston, Texas. Jurors told the press that the defendants had engaged in fraud by lying to investors and employees about Enron’s financial situation, but the pair denied any wrongdoing

May 25
2006

Medical Science Technology

Scientists confirmed the theory that the HIV virus originated among wild chimpanzees in Cameroon after identifying simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) in wild apes for the first time