On this day: Celtic win European Cup in Lisbon

Events, birthdays and anniversaries for 25 May

In 1967, Jock Steins Celtic became the first British football club to win the European Cup, beating Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon

1768: Captain Cook set off to explore the Antipodes.

1840: The first drama school in Britain, Miss Kelly’s Theatre, was opened in Dean Street, London.

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1869: After Emperor Franz Josef, opening the Opera House, Vienna, said he was not keen on the Gothic style, one architect committed suicide and the other had a heart attack.

1871: The House of Commons passed the Bank Holiday Act, creating public holidays on Easter Monday, Whit Monday and Christmas Day.

1878: In a London fog, “gentleman burglar” Adam Worth climbed through a window of the London art dealers Agnew & Agnew and stole a Gainsborough painting, The Duchess. It sat in an American warehouse until 1901, when Worth, dying, sold it back to the dealers for a vast sum.

1878: Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore was premiered at Opera Comique, London. The Daily Telegraph critic wrote that it was “a frothy production destined soon to subside to nothingness”.

1904: The first Spirella corset was made.

1914: The House of Commons passed Irish Home Rule Bill.

1935: Jesse Owens, American athlete, set six world records within 45 minutes at Ann Arbor in Michigan.

1951: The spies Burgess and McLean escaped from Britain en route to Moscow.

1953: Chris Chataway set a two-mile run record of eight minutes and 49.6 seconds.

1955: A British expedition became first to climb Himalayan peak Kangchenjunga.

1967: Celtic, managed by Jock Stein, became first British football club to win the European Cup, beating Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon.

1979: American Airlines DC-10 lost an engine and nose-dived into ground at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, killing 272 people aboard.

1982: Destroyer HMS Coventry was sunk by Argentine Exocet missiles in Falklands war. Container ship Atlantic Conveyor went down with loss of nine lives.

1983: River Nile ferry caught fire and sank in Egypt, leaving 194 people dead and 68 missing.

1990: Prime minister Margaret Thatcher pledged to stabilise UK CO2 emissions by 2000.

1991: In two-day airlift, Israel rescued about 18,000 Ethiopian Jews as civil war engulfed Addis Ababa.

1994: Camelot, a consortium including Cadbury Schweppes, security printer De La Rue and communication group Racal, won contract for the National Lottery.

1995: The Scottish Nationalists captured the late Sir Nicholas Fairbairn’s parliamentary seat of Perth and Kinross in an 11.5 per cent swing from the Tories.

1996: A woman swam for four hours to try to get help when a clam dredger sank in the Firth of Clyde. She survived, but her four companions drowned.

2009: Gordon Strachan resigned as manager of Celtic a day after his team lost the Scottish

Premier League title to Rangers. However, in his four years with the club, Strachan won three league titles.


Lauryn Hill, rapper (Fugees), 40; Alastair Campbell, journalist and former Downing Street spin doctor, 58; Julian Clary, comic, 56; Eric Deacon, British actor, 65; Margaret Forster, British author, 77; Anne Heche, actress, 46; Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight, Lord Lyon King of Arms 1981-2001, and president, Heraldry Society of Scotland, 77; David Jenkins, Scottish athlete, 63; Sir Ian McKellen CBE, actor and director, 76; Mike Myers, Canadian actor, 52; Cillian Murphy, Irish actor, 39; Frank Oz, US film director, 71; Dave Lee Travis, UK DJ, 70; Paul Weller, UK musician, 57; Johnny Wilkinson OBE, rugby player, 36; Mark McGhee, Glasgow-born football manager, 58


Births: 1713 John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Edinburgh-born Prime Minister 1762-63; 1803 Ralph Waldo Emerson, US poet; 1826 Tom Sayers, champion bare-knuckle fighter; 1879 William Maxwell Aitken, first Baron Beaverbrook, newspaper owner; 1881 Béla Bartók, composer; 1889 Igor Sikorsky, pioneer of the helicopter; 1898 Gene Tunney, world heavyweight boxing champion; 1913 Richard Dimbleby, broadcaster; 1916 Elizabeth, Duchess of Hamilton, deputy lieutenant for East Lothian, and charity founder; 1925 Derek Cooper, food journalist; 1926 Miles Davis, US jazz trumpeter and composer; 1929 Arthur Montford, Scottish sports commentator

Deaths: 1675 Gaspard Poussin, painter; 1934 Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets; 1939 Sir Frank Dyson, astronomer and director of Greenwich Observatory; 1948 Jacques Feyder, film director; 1954 Robert Capa, war photographer (killed in Vietnam); 1983 Sydney Box, film producer; 2005 Ismail Merchant, film producer; 2008 Sydney Pollack, film director; 2014 Matthew Saad Muhammad, world light-heavyweight boxing champion