Saturday, March 25th 2017

Today is the 84th day of 2017.  There are 281 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1634 Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Lord Baltimore.
1865 During the Civil War, Confederate forces captured Fort Stedman in Virginia.
1894 Jacob S. Coxey began leading an ''army'' of unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government.
1911 In a tragedy that galvanized America's labor movement, 146 immigrant workers were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York.
1913 The home of vaudeville, the Palace Theatre, opened in New York City.
1947 A coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., killed 111 people.
1957 The Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community.
1965 The 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.
1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental illness. (The nephew was beheaded the following June.) AP correspondent Tom Martin reported on the killing.
1988 In New York City's so-called ''preppie murder case,'' Robert E. Chambers Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin. Chambers received a sentence of five to 15 years in prison, which he's still serving.
1990 Fire raced through an illegal social club in New York City, killing 87 people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants.
1992 Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who'd spent 10 months aboard the orbiting Mir space station, thereby missing the upheaval in his homeland, finally returned to Earth.
1994 American troops completed their withdrawal from Somalia.
1995 Boxer Mike Tyson was released from the Indiana Youth Center after serving three years for the 1992 rape of Desiree Washington, a beauty pageant contestant.
1996 The redesigned $100 bill went into circulation.
1996 An 81-day standoff by the antigovernment Freemen began at a ranch near Jordan, Mont.
1997 Georgia Gov. Zell Miller signed into law a ban on a controversial form of late-term abortion.
1997 Former President George Bush, 73, parachuted from a plane over the Arizona desert.
1998 President Clinton acknowledged during his Africa tour that ''we did not act quickly enough'' to stop the slaughter of up to 1 million Rwandans four years earlier.
1998 A cancer patient became the first known to die under Oregon's pioneering doctor-assisted suicide law.

Died on this day

1918 French composer Claude Debussy died in Paris.

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