Famous People Who Died on May 25th in History

Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

See You In Heaven

What Happened on this Day in History?

1895 ‘” Playwright, poet, and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of “committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons” and sentenced to serve two years in prison

1935 ‘” Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan

1955 ‘” In the United States, a night time F5 tornado strikes the small city of Udall, Kansas, killing 80 and injuring 273. It is the deadliest tornado to ever occur in the state and the 23rd deadliest in the U S

1961 ‘” Apollo program: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a “man on the Moon” before the end of the decade

2009 ‘” North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests building tensions in the international community


1020-1085 ‘” Pope Gregory VII

1867-1919 ‘” Madam C. J. Walker was an African-American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist, She made her fortune by developing and marketing a hugely successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

1876-1927 ‘” Payne Whitney, American businessman and member of the influential Whitney family

1908-1965 ‘” Aleck “Rice” Miller, American blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player

1949-1979 ‘” John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer who was executed in Florida

1917-1983 ‘” Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player, Hall of Fame defenseman for the Chicago Black Hawks and the Detroit Red Wings

1968-1996 ‘” Bradley Nowell, American singer and guitarist (Sublime)

1965-2005 ‘” Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer who was legally executed for beating and stomping 82-year-old Ruby Hutslar to death in 1985. He set her house on fire in an attempt to conceal his crime.

1931-2007 ‘” Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor and TV host

1909-2008 ‘” J. R. Simplot was the founder of the J. R. Simplot Company, an agricultural supplier specializing in potato products, based in Boise, Idaho. In 2007 he was estimated to be the 89th-richest person in America, at $3.6 billion. At the time of his death at age 99 in May 2008, he was the oldest billionaire on the Forbes 400

1936-2010 ‘” Michael H. Jordan was an American businessman. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Worldwide Foods (1986 ‘” 1990), Westinghouse Electric Corporation (1993 ‘” 1998), CBS Corporation (1995 ‘” 1998), and Electronic Data Systems (2003 ‘” 2007)

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing