On This Day: What happened on 25 May?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 25 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1963 | The Organisation of African Unity (later replaced by the African Union) was established and Africa Day was declared in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

1997 | President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone is overthrown in a military coup and was replaced by Major Johnny Paul Koroma.

1994 | After Nelson Mandela was declared the South African President, the United Nations Security Council lifted the arms embargo which was imposed on South Africa in 1977.  

2002 | 192 people are killed when a freight train and a passenger train crashed in Tenga, Mozambique.

2019 | An oversized boat capsizes on Lake Mai-Ndombe, western Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 45 people and 200 missing.

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2019 | South African footballer, Thembinkosi Mbamba (23) 

2020 | Ugandan football player and manager, Jimmy Kirunda (70) 

2020 | Somali Minister of Agriculture, the Environment and Climate Change, Ismail Gamadiid (59) 

2020 | Cameroonian football player, Joseph Bouasse (21)


1965 | President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh  

1979 | Egyptian football player, Sayed Moawad  

1982 | Kenyan runner, Ezekiel Kemboi

1988 | South African swimmer, Cameron van der Burgh

1995 | South African cricket player, Kagiso Rabada


Champions League trophy

1996 | Cathy O’Dowd a South African mountaineer became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 

2005 | UEFA Champions League Final – Liverpool defeated AC Milan 3–2 to win its fifth European Cup title.


1977 | The first Star Wars movie Episode IV – A New Hope starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford was released.

2011 | The Oprah Winfrey Show’s last episode is aired after 25 years. 

2017 | “Wonder Woman” starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine is released.


Even though people expect to see tigers there aren’t any in Africa,! Wild tigers are found in Asia, and not in Africa.


Presh JM Reporter

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