Friday, March 25, 2016

Today in History: Friday, March 25, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On March 25, 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. factory in New York City killed 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women. The tragedy galvanized America's labor movement.
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On this date in:
1634Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Lord Baltimore.
1807Britain abolished its slave trade.
1894Jacob S. Coxey began leading an "army" of the unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government.
1913The home of vaudeville, the Palace Theatre, opened in New York City.
1957The Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community.
1965The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks.
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1975King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental illness.
1988Robert E. Chambers Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin in New York City's so-called "preppie murder case."
1992Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returned to Earth from the Mir space station after a 10-month stay, during which his native country, the Soviet Union, ceased to exist.
1994American troops completed their withdrawal from Somalia.
1996An 81-day standoff by the antigovernment Freemen began at a ranch near Jordan, Mont.
1996The redesigned $100 bill went into circulation.
1998President Bill Clinton acknowledged during his Africa tour that "we did not act quickly enough" to stop the slaughter of 1 million Rwandans four years earlier.
2002A powerful earthquake rocked Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan, killing as many as 1,000 people.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Rock singer-musician Elton John turns 69 years old today.
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Jim LovellAstronaut88
Gloria SteinemFeminist author82
Anita BryantSinger76
Aretha FranklinR&B singer74
Paul Michael GlaserActor ("Starsky and Hutch")73
Bonnie BedeliaActress ("Parenthood")68
Mary GrossActress, comedian63
John EnsignFormer U.S. senator, R-Nev.58
James McDanielActor ("NYPD Blue")58
Brenda StrongActress ("Desperate Housewives")56
Marcia CrossActress ("Desperate Housewives")54
Lisa Gay HamiltonActress52
Tom GlavineBaseball Hall of Famer50
Lee PaceActor ("Pushing Daisies")37
Danica PatrickAuto racer34
Katherine McPheeActress, singer ("Smash," "American Idol")32
Jason CastroSinger ("American Idol")29
Aly MichalkaActress, singer ("Aly and AJ")27
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker ("Sex and the City") turns 51 years old today.
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