Today in History: March 25

Today in History: March 25

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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.

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 in Amsterdam.

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.