May 25

This Day in History

1895

Wilde guilty of indecency

At the end of a sensational trial, Irish writer Oscar Wilde is convicted of "gross indecency" in his relations with the son of the Marquess of Queensberry. He was sentenced to two years hard labor. … (more...)

1803

Prolific Coiner of Popular Phrases Born

  English politician, poet, playwright, and prolific coiner of popular phrases Edward George Bulwer-Lytton was born on this day in 1803. He went on to coin some of the most well known phrases … (more...)