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May 25
Ian McKellen

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Ian McKellen

British actor

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U.S. Constitution

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U.S. Constitutional Convention opened in Philadelphia

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Black Lives Matter
2020: George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, setting off massive protests around the country and generating greater support for the Black Lives Matter movement; police officer Derek Chauvin was later convicted of his murder. [What inspired the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement?]
Oprah Winfrey
2011: The last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show aired; the long-running TV program had helped make Winfrey one of the richest and most influential women in the United States. [Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about famous Americans.]
Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope
1977: George Lucas's space opera film Star Wars (later known as Star Wars: Episode IV—New Hope) was released, launching one of the most successful and influential franchises in motion picture history. [How much do you know about the original Star Wars trilogy?]
Midnight Cowboy
1969: Midnight Cowboy was released in theatres, and the drama, which starred Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, went on to become the only X-rated film to win the Academy Award for best picture. [Test your knowledge of the Academy Awards.]

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1939

Ian McKellen

British actor

1803

Ralph Waldo Emerson

American author

1978

Brian Urlacher

American football player

1938

Raymond Carver

American author

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