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1965 - U.S.A. The Alabama Freedom March
1965 : Following the end of the march by 25,000 civil rights supporters from Selma to Montgomery after four days and nights on the road under the protection of Army troops and federalized Alabama National Guardsmen. They were refused permission to give a petition to Governor Wallace which said:
"We have come not only five days and 50 miles but we have come from three centuries of suffering and hardship. We have come to you, the Governor of Alabama, to declare that we must have our freedom NOW. We must have the right to vote; we must have equal protection of the law and an end to police brutality."
During the rally that followed the refusal by the Governor of Alabama, Governor Wallace. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated
"We are not about to turn around. We, are on the move now. Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us."
1807 - UK abolished Slave Trade
1807 : The British House of Commons had passed a law forbidding the capture or transport of slaves and it became law on This Day, 1807
, Offending captains were fined £100 per slave found on board their ships (although this could lead to slaves being thrown overboard).
1911 - New York Shirt Factory Fire
1911 : 148 Girls Perish in a New York Shirt Factory when they became trapped by a fire. The Triangle Shirtwaist Co. factory located on the eighth, ninth and tenth floors of a New York City loft building, didn't have an outside fire escape.
1920 - Treaty of Versailles
1920 : France considered the possibility of giving Germany more time to pay reparation debts that it owed after World War I. They had refused to pay the 12 billion of the 20 billion gold marks (equivalent to millions of dollars) balance owed. The motion to pay this debt was agreed upon as of the signing of the World War I Treaty of Versailles, which was first signed in 1919. However, the Germans resented the conditions of the treaty, and were still fighting the terms of it well over a year later. Eventually, Germany’s refusal to comply with the peace treaty signed in 1919 lead to the Second World War.
1929 - U.S.A. Mini Market Crash
1929 : The stock market experiences a mini-crash on This Day, 1929 as investors start to sell their stocks. This crash reveals a shaky foundation in the market. Borrowing and credit is effected as interest rates climb to twenty percent.
1935 - Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
1935 : Hugh S. Johnson spoke out very boldly his point of view regarding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He said it was the Romans who had really killed him and not the Jews. He also mentioned that Jesus was “framed” and did not receive a fair trial. This argument was often made regarding the un-justification treatment of Jews. However, in Johnson’s case, he described actions against Jesus-in his own way-as an abuse of political power.
1939 - Billboard Magazine Introduces Hillbilly Chart
1939 : Billboard Magazine introduced the ( country music ) hillbilly music chart. The term country music did not begin to be used until the 1940s
when the earlier term hillbilly music was deemed as degrading to the style of music.
1940 - England Not Working Class War
1940 : Concerns arose among the working class that the current war was an imperialistic one. Further accounts reveal that many workers of England had no desire to be a part of it. They felt that the purpose of it was to fight for the protection of French and English Possessions. Working class unions advocated against this war (World War II).
1947 - U.S.A. Coal Mine Explosion
1947 : An explosion at a Coal mine in Centralia, Illinois, today trapped more than 100 miners and sent deadly gas through the mine's tunnels.
1950 - Czechoslovakia Hostages
1950 : A news article printed this date in 1950 portrayed an account of a hostage situation in Czechoslovakia. On the day before, three Czech planes were held at gunpoint by Anti-Communist rebels. The pilots of these planes were forced to fly to the Erding Air Base, which is located in Germany. The planes departed from three different Czech locations-Brno, Bratislava, and Ostrava.
1957 - Italy The Treaty of Rome
1957 : France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg sign the treaty in Rome establishing the European Economic Community (EEC), also known as the Common Market.
1963 - Korea Civilian Rule
1963 : The United States made the decision to support the return of civilian rule in Korea. This action was taken on the grounds that the military junta structure now present in Korea could lead to the continued de-stabilization of that country’s political system (government).
1967 - U.S.A. Anti Vietnam War Demo
1967 : Martin Luther King, Jr., leads a march of 5,000 antiwar demonstrators in Chicago.
1971 - U.S.A. Louis Armstrong
1971 : Louis Armstrong, the famous trumpet player, had undergone a temporary tracheotomy after being admitted to a New York hospital. Armstrong had received this throat operation after receiving treatment for heart trouble.
1975 - Saudi Arabia King Faisal Assassinated
1975 : King Faisal is fatally wounded by his nephew Prince Faisal Ibu Musaed when he fires 3 shots directly at the king from a pistol during a royal audience. Prince Faisal bin Musaed was later found guilty of the murder of his uncle and was beheaded in public in the capital Riyadh.
1975 - Britain's National Front Party
1975 : Right wing opponents who are member of Britain's National Front Party and oppose Britain's entry into the common market rally in Islington, North London.
1980 - Russia Moscow Olympics Boycott
1980 : The British Olympic Association has defied the British Government and will be sending a team to the Moscow Olympics later in the year. The British and US government and other Governments around the world have called for a boycott of the Moscow Olympics. Although many governments pressured their Olympic Athletes only 16 countries did not compete including The United States, Japan, West Germany, China, Canada and 9 others. To place it in context 81 other countries athletes many in defiance of their governments wishes did compete but many as a sign of support against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan marched under the Olympic Flag, instead of their national flags.
1981 - Germany Squatters
1981 : German police raided a home occupied by squatters. They were looking for evidence leading to the resolution of local crimes committed. The next day, these squatters were cleared from the building, and over a thousand youth protested in the streets. On the day after, many young people argued with authority.
1990 - U.S.A. Happy Land Fire
1990 : A fire at an unlicensed social club called "Happy Land" in New York City with blocked fire escapes and no alarms or sprinkler systems kills 87 people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants.
1991 - Italy NATO
1991 : Three prominent NATO officers called for a year-round allied naval force to be stationed in the Mediterranean. This action would help provide heightened security for all those who pass through these waters. These new naval forces would replace the temporary ones that were currently stationed in this area. The Naval On-Call Force would usually stay in this area two times a year for up to six weeks at a time.
1994 - Somalia US Troops Withdraw
1994 : US troops finally withdraw from Somalia having entered to perform limited peacekeeping operation " Restore Hope " during the civil war which had caused a major famine . They had been forced to leave when the warlord General Mohamed Farrah Aididhis militia attacked Pakistan and US Army troops.
2002 - Afghanistan Earthquake
2002 : Following a major earthquake that rocked Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan, killing as many as 1,000 people. Malaly Soury a local schoolteacher stood next to the ruined school building where she works. She had no idea how she would teach her class with no supplies or books until local civil Affairs soldiers had helped them get the help that they needed.
2003 - U.S.A. Philip Giordano
2003 : Philip Giordano the former mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, is convicted of violating the civil rights of two girls of 10 and 8 years old by sexually abusing them. He was sentenced to 37 years in prison.
2004 - US Unborn Victims of Violence Act
2004 : Congress passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 making it a separate offense to harm a fetus during a violent federal crime. In the 2004 Scott Peterson trial California's fetal homicide law was used during the trial when he was convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances for killing Laci and second-degree murder for killing his unborn son.
2006 - Pope asks for a Christian convert to be spared
2006 : Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Afghan president to show clemency towards the Afghan man that is facing execution for converting to Christianity. Abdul Rahman has been charged with apostasy, which is a religious offence. The Pontiff has appealed to Hamid Karzai to respect the human rights guarantees that are in the Afghan constitution. The Afghan government had been holding talks on Rahman's fate, and officials have said that he 'could be released soon.' The threat might be lifted under Sharia law if he reconverts. Today's clemency was sent by letter. Three days later he was released from jail, while his case is reviewed. Abdul Rahman's case has been handed back to the attorney-general because of the gaps that in the presented evidence. Unofficially, it has been said that Rahman would not need to be detained while the attorney-general was looking at the papers. Rahman has been a Christian for 16 years, and has been charged with rejecting Islam.
Just 4 days later Abdul Rahman travels to Italy and is granted asylum.
2006 - U.S.A. Rallies for immigrants
2006 : Activists have rallied in Los Angeles to protest against plans to criminalize undocumented workers. The organisers say that demonstrators want an immigration system that was humane and not racist. The House of Representatives has passed a bill that will be making it a felony for immigrants to be in the the country illegally, and President Bush has proposed a guest- worker plan. Protests against the immigration reform bill, H.R. 4437, are being held in several US cities, with 500,000 people marching in Los Angeles, 50,000 in Denver, and 20,000 in Phoenix. They are also protesting at the proposed construction of a security wall along the United States-Mexican border.
2008 - Kosovo Division
2008 : Serbia has proposed that Kosovo is divided along ethnic lines. This has been refuted by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leadership in Pristina. The proposal, which was submitted to the United Nations, is the result of a campaign by Serbia to entrench its political and administrative control over the northern part of Kosovo. It is said that this is a largely symbolic gesture, with the ethnic Albanian leadership in Pristina having vowed never to accept partition. Dmitry Medvedev was in Belgrade for talks with the Serbian President Boris Tadic. Whilst this has been heralded as a predominantly economic meeting, the visit is also seen as a support for Serbia's opinion on Kosovan events. Kosovo's declaration of independence has started a number of public protests in Serbia.
2008 - Muslim scholars in India say terrorism is un-Islamic
2008 : An influential group of Muslim theologians in India have denounced terrorism, saying it is against the teachings of Islam. Their thoughts were given at a meeting being held at an Islamic school. Scholars from around six thousand religious schools were attending the meeting.
2008 - Iraq The Battle of Basra
2008 : The Battle of Basra begins with the Iraqi Army launching an operation (code-named Saulat al-Fursan) to drive the Mahdi Army out of the city of Basra. This operation is the first to be planned and carried out by the Iraqi Army since the 2003 invasion. Coalition and Iraqi aircraft patrolled the skies above Basra, and carried out air strikes in support of the ground forces. Coalition forces have provided some embedded military transition teams to the Iraqi Army units and U.S. Special Forces are conducting joint operations with Iraqi Special Operations Forces.
2009 - Geithner speaks on the finance industry's new regulations
2009 : The Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, has said that the U.S. is committed to stricter rules on financial fraud and abuse. In Washington, he mentions that the new regulations will help to prevent a repeat of the credit crisis. His comments come a week before the G20 meet in London. As Geithner testified, a government investigator was scheduled to release a report on the Treasury Department’s plans to rescue the troubled banks. It has been ascertained that partnerships between government and private investors, backed by the Federal Reserve, are vulnerable to fraud and require stronger safeguards.
2009 - Hillary Clinton wants to reimpose the ban on assault weapons
2009 : The Secretary of State has pledged the United States into giving Mexico more help in its anti-drugs campaign. Clinton said that the use of military-style assault weapons was of particular concern, and she would discuss the re-imposition of a ban on their sale. The previous decision to lift the ban was a mistake, she said. She has admitted that it is America's appetite for drugs that has helped fuel the violence. Some eight thousand people have died in Mexico's drug-related violence in the last two years.
2011 - Conservative Canadian Government Falls
2011 : Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's conservative government falls after facing a vote of no confidence by the Canadian parliament. The no-confidence vote meant that there would be an election in May in which the conservative party would get a chance to keep power. The liberal party as well as two other opposition parties joined forces to secure the vote of no confidence against Harper.
2013 - Ex-President of Zambia Arrested
2013 : Zambia's former president Rupiah Banda was arrested. Banda was accused of stealing more than eleven million dollars while he was in office.
2014 - Girl Scout Breaks Cookie Selling Record
2014 : Twelve year old Katie Francis from Oklahoma City broke the Girl Scout record for cookie sales. She sold 18,107 boxes of cookies over a total of seven weeks. The previous record had been set in the 1980s and was for 18,000 boxes. The selling season was extended by a week and Katie had stated she hoped she could sell up to 20,000 boxes.
Born This Day In History 25th March
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Reginald Kenneth Dwight, 25th March 1947
, Pinner, Middlesex, England
Known For : English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist who has had hits in the charts since 1970 with his first hit "Your Song", Over the next 40 years he had a large number of hits with the last being in 2009 "Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)" (Ironik featuring Elton John). Possibly his best known top ten singles over the 40 year period include "Rocket Man", "Crocodile Rock", "Daniel", "Candle in the Wind", "Bennie and the Jets", "Pinball Wizard", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee), "I'm Still Standing" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight". It does not matter which generation you are from you have more than likely grown up listening to his music . Billboard magazine ranked him as the most successful male solo artist on "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists" (Third overall, behind only The Beatles and Madonna). The awards he has gained during these years is also a testament to his music and include Academy Award, Golden Globe, Tony Award and multiple Grammys. From humble beginnings as a Pub Pianist to one of the music superstars of the modern era shows not only his talent but his commitment to his art. From Webmaster ( Having seen him live in concert some years ago I can honestly say in addition to great music he is a consummate entertainer ) The video is his tribute to his close friend Diana Princess Of Wales "Candle In The Wind 1997". which became the fastest- and biggest-selling single of all time, eventually selling 5 million copies in the United Kingdom, 11 million in the U.S., and around 33 million worldwide, with the proceeds of approximately £55 million going to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
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May 21st to May 27th
1881 American Red Cross Founded
1883 The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan over the East River opens to traffic.
1895 Playwright Oscar Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency in London and sentenced two years of hard labour.
1896 The Dow Jones Industrial Average was first published. The average price of the 12 initial stocks was 40.94
1923 First Le Mans 24 hour race
1925 A high school science teacher, John T. Scopes was indicted for teaching the theory of evolution in his classes, as the Tennessee state law prohibits the teaching of evolution in public schools.
1927 Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris, completing the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight
1927 An earthquake measuring 8.6 on Richter scale strikes Xining in the eastern part of Qinghai province It was one of the deadliest earthquakes on record with a total count of 200,000 deaths.
1929 New gold rush starts in Australia
1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make a solo air crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, from Newfoundland to Ireland
1934 Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow gunned down with over 100 rounds of ammunition by police in Black Lake, Louisiana.
1934 Month Long Drought in Midwest continues
1935 Jesse Owens broke three world records at the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan including broad jump, the 220-yard dash and the low hurdles.
1937 Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California is opened to pedestrian traffic and more than 200,000 pedestrians walked across on opening day.
1940 The Dunkirk evacuation begins "Operation Dynamo" was launched for the evacuation of British, French and Belgian soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France
1941 German Battleship Bismarck Sinks HMS Hood
1941 The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the Atlantic by the Royal Naval ships Dorsetshire, King George V and Rodney
1950 After 11 years petrol rationing finally ends in Great Britain
1961 President Kennedy has asked Congress for $531 million to help the US put a man on the moon before the end of the decade . On July 21st 1969 , Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon.
1961 Two buses carrying 27 'Freedom Riders' 25 Negroes and two whites were arrested by city police officers in Jackson Mississippi and charged with disobeying an officer and breach of peace.
1965 Berkeley University Anti Vietnam Protests
1968 The Gateway Arch in St. Louis standing 630 feet tall, and 630 feet wide at its base is dedicated
1969 Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono stage a public 'bed in' for world peace - staying in bed for a week in a hotel in Montreal.
1972 Ceylon changes it's name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka
1976 Air France from Paris and British Airways from London simultaneously began Concorde service to Dulles Airport, Washington cutting the travel time from 7 hours to 3 1/2 hours.
1977 First Of The Star Wars Movies Opens
1981 The Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe found guilty of killing 13 women
1988 Median price for a home is now $87,700
1989 Students occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing
1991 Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated
1997 F5 tornado ( Winds Greater Than 260 MPH )and almost 800 feet wide strikes Jarrell, Texas, destroying the town and killing 27 people.
1998 A referendum on the Good Friday peace agreement held in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic ended with 3 to 1 support.
2010 Scientists in the United States successfully created artificial life by creating the first live cell to be controlled by synthetic DNA.