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This Day In HistoryMay 25

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1787: U.S. Constitutional Convention opened in Philadelphia.

Stimulated by severe economic troubles, which produced radical political movements such as Shays's Rebellion, and urged on by a demand for a stronger central government, a convention of delegates from the states met in the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia beginning this day, ostensibly to amend the Articles of Confederation. All the states except Rhode Island responded to an invitation issued by the Annapolis Convention of 1786 to send delegates. The delegates included such leading figures of the period as George Washington, who was elected to preside, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson, John Rutledge, Charles Pinckney, Oliver Ellsworth, and Gouverneur Morris.

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1946:?Abdullāh I, ruler of Transjordan, proclaimed himself king.
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1810:The municipal council of Buenos Aires, Argentina, having severed ties with Spain and the viceregal government, established an autonomous government.