The following is your daily snapshot of what happened on this day in history: March 25th.
BORN MARCH 25th:
March 25, 1133: Henry II, King of England (1154-89).
March 25, 1538: Christopher Clavius, German mathematician (main architect of modern Gregorian calendar).
March 25, 1873: Rudolf Rocker, German/US anarchist.
March 25, 1942: Aretha Franklin, Memphis Tenn, Soul Sister #1/singer (Respect).
March 25, 1989: Alyson Michalka, American actress/singer.
DIED MARCH 25th:
March 25, 1458: Inigo Lopez de Mendoza, Spanish marquis of Santillana/poet, dies.
March 25, 1918: Claude Debussy, French composer (Iberia/La mer), dies in Paris at 55.
March 25, 1956: Robert Newton, actor (Henry V, Odd Man Out), dies at 50.
March 25, 1969: Billy Cotton, British bandleader; entertainer (b. 1889).
March 25, 1980: James Wright, American poet (b. 1927).
MEMORABLE MARCH 25 EVENTS:
March 25, 1306: Robert the Bruce crowned king of Scotland.
March 25, 1655: Christiaan Huygens discovers Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
March 25, 1669: Mount Etna in Sicily erupts, destroying Nicolosi, killing 20,000.
March 25, 1776: Continental Congress authorized a medal for George Washington.
March 25, 1807: The Slave Trade Act is passed, abolishing slave trade in the British Empire.
March 25, 1911: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, deadliest industrial disaster in history of NYC.
March 25, 1941: Kingdom of Yugoslavia joins the Axis powers with the signing of the Tripartite Pact.
March 25, 1954: 26th Academy Awards – “From Here to Eternity,” Holden & A Hepburn win.
March 25, 1957: NBA modifies the free-throw rule.
March 25, 1958: Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times.
March 25, 1961: Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona.
March 25, 1965: Martin Luther King Jr. leads 25,000 to state capitol in Montgomery, AL.
March 25, 1971: Boston Patriots become New England Patriots.
March 25, 1974: Barbra Streisand records the album “Butterfly”.
March 25, 1988: Robin Givens demands full access to husband Mike Tyson‘s money.
March 25, 1995: Boxer Mike Tyson released from jail after serving 3 years.
March 25, 2006: Capitol Hill massacre—gunman Kyle Aaron Huff kills six people before committing suicide at a party in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, said: “I’m a big woman. I need big hair.”