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This Day in History - March 25

March 25

31 – According to the calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus, the first Easter takes place

708 – Constantine begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1609 – Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Company

1634 – Lord Baltimore founds the Catholic colony of Maryland

1655 – Puritans jail Governor Stone after a military victory over Catholic forces in the colony of Maryland

1668 – The first American horse race takes place

1767 – Napoleon’s brother-in-law who will become King of Naples, Joachim Murat, is born

1774 – British Parliament passes the Boston Port Act, closing the port of Boston and demanding residents pay for the cost of tea dumped in Boston Harbor

1776 – The Continental Congress authorizes a medal for General George Washington

1797 – US clergyman who founded the Church of God, John Winebrenner, is born

1807 – British Parliament abolishes slave trade

1813 – The frigate USS Essex flies the first US flag during battle in the Pacific

1839 – Teacher of the blind, William Bell Wait is born

1860 – Scottish surgeon James Braid dies

1865 – Confederate forces capture Fort Stedman during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia

1867 – Sculptor of Mount Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum is born

1867 – Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini is born

1879 – Japan invades the kingdom of Liuqiu Islands (Ryukyu)

1879 – Cheyenne Chief, “the greatest of the fighting Cheyenne, Little Wolf, surrenders to his friend Lieutenant WP-Clark

1895 – Italian troops invade Abyssinia in what is now Ethiopia

1905 – Rebel battle flags that were captured during the American Civil War are returned to the South

1906 – Historian Alan John Percivale Taylor is born

1908 – Director David Lean is born

1911 – A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, a New York sweatshop, claims the lives of 146 workers

1914 – Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian Norman Borlaug is born

1915 – The first submarine disaster occurs when a US F-4 sinks off the Hawaiian coast

1918 – The former Russian province of Belarus declares itself an independent, democratic republic

1918 – Composer Claude Debussy dies

1919 – The Paris Peace Commission adopts a plan to protect nations from the influx of foreign labor

1925 – Novelist and short story writer Mary Flannery O’Connor is born

1931 – Fifty people are killed in riots that break out in India

1931 – Civil rights activist Ida B. Wells dies

1932 – The Supreme Court decides in the case of Powell v. Alabama, which arose from the Scottsboro case where nine black men were arrested and accused of raping two white women on a train in Alabama.  They were convicted and sentenced to death, despite the accusers being known prostitutes.  The Supreme Court ruled there wasn’t enough evidence and overturned their convictions based on the men not being given effective representation

1933 – President Herbert Hoover accepts the USS Sequoia as the official presidential yacht

1934 – Political activist and editor Gloria Steinem is born

1934 – Horton Smith wins the first Master's golf tournament at Augusta National in Georgia

1940 – The US agrees to give Britain and France access to all American warplanes

1941 – Yugoslavia joins the Axis powers

1942 – Singer Aretha Franklin is born

1946 – The Soviet Union announces that it will be withdrawing its troops from Iran

1947 – Singer, songwriter, pianist, producer and actor Elton John is born

1949 – Operation Priboi takes place when the Soviet Union begins deporting some 90,000 Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians to some of Russia’s most inhospitable areas in an effort to weaken the Baltic nationalist movement

1953 – The USS Missouri fires on targets at Kojo, North Korea

1954 – RCA manufactures the first color TV set and begins mass production

1955 – The US Customs Department confiscates 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg’s book, Howl, claiming it was obscene

1957 – The European Common Market Treaty is signed in Rome, attempting to create a common market for all products, especially steel and coal

1958 – Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Carmen Basilio to regain the middleweight championship

1960 – The first guided missile is launched from a nuclear-powered sub, the USS Halibut

1967 – Martin Luther King Jr. leads antiwar demonstrators to the Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, in support of voting and other civil rights for blacks

1968 – President Johnson meets with a panel of retired presidential advisors known as the “Wise Men” to discuss Vietnam

1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage a bed-in for peace in Amsterdam

1970 – The Concorde makes its first supersonic flight

1975 – The US orders a refugee airlift to move people to safety after Hue is captured and Da Nang endangered by North Vietnamese forces

1975 – King Faisal is shot to death by his nephew, Prince Faisal, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1976 – Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko is born

1980 – Psychiatrist Milton Erickson dies

1981 – The US Embassy in San Salvador is damaged when gunmen attack, firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns

1982 – First woman to win an Indy Car race, Danica Patrick, is born

1986 – President Ronald Reagan orders emergency aid for the Honduran army while US helicopters take Honduran troops to the Nicaraguan border

1994 – The last US troops depart Somalia

1995 – Ward Cunningham introduces the first wiki, the WikiWikiWeb

2006 – Singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Buck Owens dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the owner of Madison's Media, Madison's CPC and the Chief Administrative Officer for Lanterns. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and has two adult children. Writers seeking additional exposure: Ask how you can contribute!


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