March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). There are 281 days remaining.
708 - Constantine is consecrated Pope.
1300 - Dante descends to the Inferno in The Divine Comedy
1306 - Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scotland.
1409 - The Council of Pisa opens.
1634 - The first settlers arrive in Maryland (led by Lord Baltimore).
1655 - Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is discovered by Christian Huygens.
1802 - The Treaty of Amiens is signed as a "Definitive Treaty of Peace" between France and United Kingdom.
1807 - The Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing slavery in the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1821 - Greece declares its independence from the Ottoman Empire, beginning the Greek War of Independence.
1865 - The "Claywater Meteorite" explodes just before reaching ground level in Vernon County, Wisconsin. Fragments having a combined mass of 1.5 kg are recovered.
1865 - American Civil War: In Virginia, Confederate forces capture Fort Stedman from the Union.
1894 - Coxey's Army, the first significant American protest march, departs Massillon, Ohio for Washington D.C..
1901 - At the five-day "Week of Nice" race in Nice, France, Mercedes wins its first racing victory.
1911 - In New York City the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire kills 146 garment workers.
1918 - The Belarusian National Republic was established.
1924 - Greece proclaims itself a republic.
1931 - The Scottsboro Boys are arrested in Alabama and charged with rape.
1939 - Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli becomes Pope Pius XII.
1941 - Kingdom of Yugoslavia joins the Axis powers.
1947 - A explosion in a coalmine in Centralia, Illinois kills 111.
1949 - The extensive deportation campaign was conducted in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Soviet authorities deported more than 92,000 people from Baltics to the remotest areas of the Soviet Union.
1955 - United States Customs seizes Allen Ginsberg's Howl as obscene.
1957 - The European Economic Community is established ( West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg).
1960 - In London, United Kingdom, Jacqueline Boyer wins the fifth Eurovision Song Contest for France singing "Tom Pillibi".
1965 - Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King, Jr. complete successfully their 4 day 50 mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery.
1969 - During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a bed-in for peace in the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (until March 31).
1971 - Bangladesh Liberation War: Beginning of Operation Searchlight of Pakistan Army against East Pakistani civilians.
1972 - In Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, Vicky Leandros wins the seventeenth Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg singing "Après toi" (After you).
1975 - Faisal of Saudi Arabia is shot and killed by a mentally ill nephew.
1979 - The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, is delivered to the Columbia, John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch.
1990 - In New York City, a fire at an illegal social club called "Happy Land " kills 87.
1992 - Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returns to Earth after a 10-month stay aboard the Mir space station.
1995 - Ward Cunningham opens the first wiki, the Portland Pattern Repository.
1996 - An 81-day long standoff between the antigovernment group Montana Freemen and law enforcement in Jordan, Montana begins.
1996 - The EU's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of mad cow disease (BSE).
2004 - Air Holland files for bankruptcy in response to unproven allegations of marijuana abuse by the their pilots.
1252 - Conradin (d. 1268)
1541 - Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1587)
1741 - Jean Antoine Houdon, French sculptor, (d. 1828)
1863 - Simon Flexner, pathologist (d. 1946)
1867 - Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor, (d. 1957)
1868 - William Lockwood, English cricketer (d. 1932)
1873 - Rudolf Rocker, anarcho-syndicalist (d. 1958)
1881 - Béla Bartók, Hungarian composer, (d. 1945)
1881 - Mary Gladys Webb, writer, (d. 1927)
1886 - Athenagoras, Patriarch of Constantinople, (d. 1972)
1901 - Ed Begley, American actor (d. 1970)
1908 - Helmut Käutner, actor and film director, (d. 1980)
1908 - David Lean, film director, (d. 1991)
1911 - Jack Ruby, killer of Lee Harvey Oswald, (d. 1967)
1914 - Norman Borlaug, plant breeder
1918 - Howard Cosell, attorney, lecturer, and sports journalist, (d. 1995)
1920 - Arthur Wint, Jamaican runner
1920 - Patrick Troughton, British actor (d. 1987)
1921 - Simone Signoret, French actress, (d. 1985)
1922 - Eileen Ford , fashion modeling agent
1925 - Flannery O'Connor, author (d. 1964)
1928 - Jim Lovell, astronaut
1932 - Gene Shalit , American film critic
1934 - Gloria Steinem, American feminist author
1938 - Hoyt Axton, musician, actor, (d. 1999)
1939 - Toni Cade Bambara, author (d. 1995)
1940 - Anita Bryant, entertainer, radical anti-homosexual activist
1942 - Aretha Franklin, American singer
1942 - Richard O'Brien, actor, writer
1943 - Paul Michael Glaser, American actor
1946 - Maurice Krafft, French vulcanologist (d. 1991)
1946 - Bonnie Bedelia , American actress
1947 - Elton John, English musician
1952 - Antanas Mockus, Colombian mathematician and politician
1956 - Matthew Garber, British actor (d. 1977)
1960 - Idy Chan Yuk-Lin, Hong Kong actress
1962 - Marcia Cross, American actress
1964 - Lisa Gay Hamilton, actress
1965 - Sarah Jessica Parker, American actress
1966 - Tom Glavine, baseball player
1967 - Debi Thomas, figure skater
1969 - Dale Davis, basketball player
1974 - Lark Voorhies, actress
1976 - Juvenile, rapper
1976 - Wladimir Klitschko, boxer
1989 - Alyson Michalka, actress
752 - Pope Stephen II
1005 - King Kenneth III of Scotland (in battle)
1233 - King Afonso II of Portugal, (b. 1185)
1458 - Marqués de Santillana, Spanish poet (b. 1398)
1736 - Nicholas Hawksmoor, architect (b. circa 1661)
1751 - King Frederick I of Sweden, (b. 1676)
1801 - Novalis, German poet (b. 1772)
1918 - Claude Debussy, composer, (b. 1862)
1951 - Eddie Collins, Baseball Hall of Famer (b. 1887)
1957 - Max Ophüls, director, writer, (b. 1902)
1958 - Tom Brown, jazz musician (b. 1888)
1969 - Max Eastman, writer (b. 1883)
1975 - King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, (b. 1906)
1980 - Roland Barthes, critic, writer (b. 1915)
1980 - Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (b. 1913)
1988 - Robert Joffrey , dancer, teacher, choreographer
1991 - Marcel Lefebvre, anti-reform Roman Catholic leader
1992 - Nancy Walker, American actress
1995 - James Coleman, American sociologist
1995 - Kresimir Cosic, professional basketball player, (b. 1948)
1999 - Cal Ripken, Sr. , American baseball manager
2000 - Helen Martin, American actress
2002 - Kenneth Wolstenholme, British football commentator
2005 - Paul Hester, musician, (b. 1959)
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