March 25


1776 – The Continental Congress authorized a medal for General George Washington.

1813 – The frigate USS Essex flew the first U.S. flag in battle in the Pacific.

1857 – Frederick Laggenheim took the first photo of a solar eclipse.

1865 – The SS General Lyon at Cape Hatteras caught fire and sank. 400 people were killed.

1898 – The Intercollegiate Trapshooting Association was formed in New York City.

1900 – The U.S. Socialist Party was formed in Indianapolis.

1902 – Irving W. Colburn patented the sheet glass drawing machine.

1911 – In New York, NY 146 women were killed in fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. The owners of the company were indicted on manslaughter charges because some of the employees had been behind locked doors in the factory. They were later acquitted. In 1914 they were ordered to pay damages to each of the 23 families that had sued.

1915 – 21 people died when a U.S. F-4 submarine sank off the Hawaiian coast.

1936 – The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Montreal Maroons in the longest hockey game to date. The game lasted for 2 hours and 56 minutes.

1940 – The U.S. agreed to give Britain and France access to all American warplanes.

1947 – John D. Rockefeller III presented a check for $8.5 million to the United Nations for the purchase of land for the site of the U.N. center.

1954 – RCA manufactured its first color television sets and began mass production.

1960 – A guided missile was launched from a nuclear powered submarine for the first time.

1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. led a group of 25,000 on a 4 day, 50 mile civil rights protest march to the state capital in Montgomery, AL.

1966 – The Supreme Court ruled that the “poll tax” was unconstitutional.

1968 – The 58th and final episode of “The Monkees” television show was aired.

1968 – CBS aired the 249th and final original episode of TV’s “The Andy Griffith Show”.

1970 – The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.

1971 – The Boston Patriots, soon to move into a stadium in suburban Foxboro, MA, became the New England Patriots.

1972 – Bobby Hull joined Gordie Howe to become only the second National Hockey League player to score 600 career goals.

1979 – The first fully functional Space Shuttle orbiter, Columbia, was delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch.

1982 – Wayne Gretzky became the first player in the NHL to score 200 points in a season.

1983 – Congress passed legislation to rescue the U.S. Social Security system from bankruptcy.

1988 – Robert E. Chambers Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 18 year old Jennifer Levin. The case was known as New York City’s “preppie murder case.”

1995 – Boxer Mike Tyson was released from jail after serving 3 years for rape.

1996 – The European Union’s Veterinarian Committee baned the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of mad cow disease.

1996 – An 81-day standoff by the anti-government Freemen began at a ranch near Jordan, MT.

1996 – The movie “Twister” became the first feature film to be released on DVD.

1996 – The U.S. issued a newly redesigned $100 bill for circulation.

1997 – Former President George Bush parachuted from a plane over the Arizona desert.

1998 – A cancer patient was the first known to die under Oregon’s doctor-assisted suicide law.

1998 – The FCC nets $578.6 million at auction for licenses for new wireless technology.

1998 – Quinn Pletcher was found guilty on charges of extortion. He had threatened to kill Bill Gates unless he was paid $5 million.



Bonnie Guitar 1923 – Singer (“Dark Moon”)

Gene Shalit 1926 – Movie critic (TV’s “The Today Show”)

Jim Lovell 1928 – Astronaut

Gloria Steinem 1934 – Feminist, author

Anita Bryant 1940 – Singer, orange juice promoter

Aretha Franklin 1942 – Singer

Paul Michael Glaser 1943 – Actor (TV’s “Third Watch”, “Starsky and Hutch”)

Bonnie Bedelia 1948 – Actress (TV’s “Parenthood”, movies “They Shoot Horses Don’t They?”, “Die Hard”)

Sir Elton John 1947 – Singer, musician

Mary Gross 1953 – Actress, comedian (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, “Animaniacs”, “Boston Legal”, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”)

James McDaniel 1958 – Actor (TV’s “Detroit 187”, “NYPD Blue”)

Haywood Nelson 1960 Actor – (TV’s “What’s Happening!!”, “What’s Happening Now!”)

John Stockwell 1961 – Actor, writer, director (“Top Gun”, TV’s “The Young Riders”, “Friday the 13th: The Series”)

Marcia Cross 1962 – Actress (TV’s “Desperate Housewives”, “Everwood”, “Melrose Place”)

Lisa Gay Hamilton 1964 – Actress (TV’s “The Practice”, “Men of a Certain Age”, movies “Beastly”, “The Soloist”, “True Crime”, “Beloved”, “Jackie Brown”)

Sarah Jessica Parker 1965 – Actress (“Sex and the City”, “Failure to Launch”, “The Family Stone”, “Honeymoon in Vegas”, TV’s “Divorce”)

Debi Thomas 1967 – Olympic bronze medal figure skater

Domenick Lombardozzi 1976 – Actor (TV’s “Rosewood”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “The Wire”)

Lee Pace 1979 – Actor (TV’s “Pushing Daisies”)

Danica Patrick 1982 – Race car driver

Katharine McPhee 1984 – Singer (TV’s “Scorpion”, “Smash”, Runner-up on “American Idol” Season 5)

Jason Castro 1987 – Singer (Finished 4th on “American Idol” Season 7)

Aly Michalka 1989 – Actress, singer (“Aly and AJ”, TV’s “Phil of the Future”, “Hellcats”, “iZombie”)

Kiowa Gordon 1990 – Actor (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, New Moon”)



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