Wednesday, March 25, 2015


708Constantine begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
1634Lord Baltimore founds the Catholic colony of Maryland.
1655Puritans jail Governor Stone after a military victory over Catholic forces in the colony of Maryland.
1668The first horse race in America takes place.
1776The Continental Congress authorizes a medal for General George Washington.
1807British Parliament abolishes the slave trade.
1813The frigate USS Essex flies the first U.S. flag in battle in the Pacific.
1865Confederate forces capture Fort Stedman, during the siege of Petersburg, Va.
1879Japan invades the kingdom of Liuqiu (Ryukyu) Islands, formerly a vassal of China.
1905Rebel battle flags that were captured during the American Civil War are returned to the South.
1911A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, a sweatshop in New York City, claims the lives of 146 workers.
1915The first submarine disaster occurs when a U.S. F-4 sinks off the Hawaiian coast.
1919The Paris Peace Commission adopts a plan to protect nations from the influx of foreign labor.
1931Fifty people are killed in riots that break out in India. Mahatma Gandhi was one of many people assaulted.
1940The United States agrees to give Britain and France access to all American warplanes.
1941Yugoslavia joins the Axis powers.
1953The USS Missouri fires on targets at Kojo, North Korea, the last time her guns fire until the Persian Gulf War of 1992.
1954RCA manufactures its first color TV set and begins mass production.
1957The European Common Market Treaty is signed in Rome. The goal is to create a common market for all products–especially coal and steel.
1965Martin Luther King Jr. leads a group of 25,000 to the state capital in Montgomery, Ala.
1969John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage a bed-in for peace in Amsterdam.
1970The Concorde makes its first supersonic flight.
1975Hue is lost and Da Nang is endangered by North Vietnamese forces. The United States orders a refugee airlift to remove those in danger.
1981The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador is damaged when gunmen attack, firing rocket propelled grenades and machine guns.
1986President Ronald Reagan orders emergency aid for the Honduran army. U.S. helicopters take Honduran troops to the Nicaraguan border.

Born on March 25
1133Henry II, King of England (1154-1189).
1767Joachim Murat, Napoleon's brother in law who became king of Naples in 1808.
1797John Winebrenner, U.S. clergyman who founded the Church of God.
1839William Bell Wait, educator of the blind.
1867Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore.
1868Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor.
1906Alan John Percivale Taylor, English historian.
1908David Lean, British film director (Bridge on the River KwaiLawrence of Arabia).
1925(Mary) Flannery O'Connor, novelist and short story writer.
1934Gloria Steinem, political activist, editor.
1942Aretha Franklin, American singer, the "Queen of Soul."

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