May 25, Cathryn Harrison, actress (Old Woman in Black Moon), was born in London, England.

May 25, In Newcastle, England, Mary Flora Bell, one day before her 11th birthday, strangled Martin Brown (4). She and unrelated friend Norma Bell (13) were later tried for the murders of 2 boys Martin Brown (4) and Brian Howe (3), committed 9 weeks apart. In 1972 Gitta Sereny published “The Case of Mary Bell,” based on her coverage of the trial. In 1999 Gitta Sereny published “Cries Unheard: Why Children Kill: The Story of Mary Bell,” based on interviews with Mary Bell.


May 25, Nancy Walker (71), actress (Ida Morgenstein-Rhoda), died of cancer.


May 25, Dany Robin (68), French actress (Follow the Boys, Topaz, Julietta), died in a fire in her Paris apartment.

May 25, Country sweetheart Carrie Underwood won the latest edition of “American Idol.”


May 25, In Italy a judge ordered best-selling author Oriana Fallaci to face trial on charges of defaming Islam in her recent book “The Strength of Reason.” Fallaci, who is in her 70s, said she is accused of violating an Italian law that prohibits “outrage to religion.”


May 25, The final segment of Oprah Winfrey’s TV talk show, taped a day earlier, aired after a 25 year run.


May 25, In Dagestan, Russia, a female suicide bomber, identified as a widow of 2 killed Islamists, blew herself up injuring at least 17, including 2 children and 5 police officers in the central square of Makhachkala. One woman died the next day from her wounds.

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