Sunday, March 25. Here’s what we’ve had happen today in years past:
1584 – Sir Walter Raleigh is granted a patent to colonize Virginia.
1634 – The first settlers arrive in Maryland.
1655 – Saturn‘s largest moon, Titan, is discovered by Christiaan Huygens.
1865 – American Civil War: In Virginia, Confederate forces temporarily capture Fort Stedman from the Union.
1894 – Coxey’s Army, the first significant American protest march, departs Massillon, Ohio for Washington D.C.
1911 – In New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire kills 146 garment workers.
1943 – Start of the American amphibious landings in the Philippines a turning point in the Pacific War.
1947 – An explosion in a coal mine in Centralia, Illinois kills 111.
1948 – The first successful tornado forecast predicts that a tornado will strike Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
1957 – United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg‘s poem “Howl” on the grounds of obscenity.
1965 – Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King, Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.
1979 – The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, is delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch.
1990 – The Happy Land fire was an arson fire that kills 87 people trapped inside an illegal nightclub in the New York City borough of The Bronx.
1995 – WikiWikiWeb, the world’s first wiki, and part of the Portland Pattern Repository, is made public by Ward Cunningham.
1996 – An 81-day-long standoff between the anti-government group Montana Freemen and law enforcement near Jordan, Montana, begins.
2006 – Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman kills six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
1901 – Ed Begley, American actor (d. 1970)
1911 – Jack Ruby, killer of Lee Harvey Oswald (d. 1967)
1925 – Flannery O’Connor, American author (d. 1964)
1932 – Gene Shalit, American film critic
1934 – Gloria Steinem, American feminist and publisher
1942 – Aretha Franklin, American singer
1947 – Elton John, English singer and songwriter
1948 – Bonnie Bedelia, American actress
1965 – Sarah Jessica Parker, American actress
1966 – Tom Glavine, American baseball player
1999 – Cal Ripken, Sr., American baseball manager (b. 1936)
2006 – Buck Owens, American singer and television personality (b. 1929)