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Today in History: March 25

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Today in History
March 25

708   Constantine begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
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 horse race in America takes place.
1776   The Continental Congress authorizes a medal for General George Washington.
1807   British Parliament abolishes the slave trade.
1813   The frigate USS Essex flies the first U.S. flag in battle in the Pacific.
1865   Confederate forces capture Fort Stedman, during the siege of Petersburg, Va.
1879   Japan invades the kingdom of Liuqiu (Ryukyu) Islands, formerly a vassal of China.
1905   Rebel battle flags that were captured during the American Civil War are returned to the South.
1911   A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, a sweatshop in New York City, claims the lives of 146 workers.
1915   The first submarine disaster occurs when a U.S. F-4 sinks off the Hawaiian coast.
1919   The Paris Peace Commission adopts a plan to protect nations from the influx of foreign labor.
1931   Fifty people are killed in riots that break out in India. Mahatma Gandhi was one of many people assaulted.
1940   The United States agrees to give Britain and France access to all American warplanes.
1941   Yugoslavia joins the Axis powers.
1953   The USS Missouri fires on targets at Kojo, North Korea, the last time her guns fire until the Persian Gulf War of 1992.
1954   RCA manufactures its first color TV set and begins mass production.
1957   The European Common Market Treaty is signed in Rome. The goal is to create a common market for all products–especially coal and steel.
1965   Martin Luther King Jr. leads a group of 25,000 to the state capital in Montgomery, Ala.
1969   John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage a “Bed-In for Peace” from an Amsterdam hotel room to protest the Vietnam War. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1970   The Concorde makes its first supersonic flight.
1975   Hue is lost and Da Nang is endangered by North Vietnamese forces. The United States orders a refugee airlift to remove those in danger.
1981   The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador is damaged when gunmen attack, firing rocket propelled grenades and machine guns.
1986   President Ronald Reagan orders emergency aid for the Honduran army. U.S. helicopters take Honduran troops to the Nicaraguan border.
Born on March 25
1767   Joachim Murat, Napoleon‘s brother-in-law who became King of Naples in 1808.
1797   John Winebrenner, U.S. clergyman who founded the Church of God.
1839   William Bell Wait, educator of the blind.
1867   Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore.
1868   Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor.
1906   Alan John Percivale Taylor, English historian.
1908   David Lean, British film director (Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia).
1925   (Mary) Flannery O’Connor, novelist and short story writer.
1934   Gloria Steinem, political activist, editor.
1942   Aretha Franklin, American singer, the “Queen of Soul.”