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On This Day In History - March 25

By CM Chaney · March 25, 2024

On This Day In History - March 25

"On This Day in History" is a captivating journey through time, revisiting the most significant events that have occurred on this very date throughout the years.

From monumental political decisions and groundbreaking scientific discoveries to unforgettable moments in sports and cultural milestones, each article in this series will transport you back to a specific day, offering a glimpse into the past and revealing how these events have shaped our world.

Join us as we uncover the fascinating stories that have left an indelible mark on history.  Wikimedia

451: Venice Established, According to Tradition

On this day, the legendary founding of Venice, Italy, is traditionally celebrated, marking the birth of the iconic floating city.  Wikimedia/Marco Ober

1305: Giotto's Frescoes Unveiled as Padua's Arena Chapel Consecrated

The Arena Chapel in Padua, Italy, featuring renowned frescoes by Italian artist Giotto, was consecrated on this day in 1305.  Wikimedia/José Luiz

1306: Robert the Bruce Crowned King of Scotland, Securing Independence

Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scotland at Scone, leading the fight for Scottish independence, culminating in the Battle of Bannockburn and the Treaty of Northampton.  Wikimedia/Kim Traynor

1655: Christiaan Huygens Discovers Titan, Saturn's Largest Moon

Dutch mathematician and astronomer Christiaan Huygens made a groundbreaking discovery on this day, identifying Titan, the largest moon orbiting Saturn.  Wikimedia/Bernard Vaillant

1807: British Parliament Ends Slave Trade in West Indies

The British Parliament passed legislation on this day, officially abolishing the slave trade in the British West Indies, marking a significant step towards the end of slavery in the British Empire.  Wikimedia/Internet Archive Book Images

1881: Béla Bartók, Influential Hungarian Composer, Born in Austria-Hungary

Béla Bartók, the renowned Hungarian composer who greatly influenced 20th-century music, was born on this day in Nagyszentmiklós, Austria-Hungary (now Sânnicolau Mare, Romania).  Wikimedia

1911: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Kills 146, Sparks Safety Reforms

A deadly fire at New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory claimed 146 lives, leading to the establishment of crucial health and safety laws.  Wikimedia

1918: Claude Debussy, Pioneering French Composer, Dies at 55

Claude Debussy, the influential French composer whose works helped shape 20th-century music, passed away on this day at the age of 55.  Wikimedia/Nadar

1934: Gloria Steinem, Iconic Feminist and Ms. Magazine Co-Founder, Born

Gloria Steinem, the prominent American feminist, activist, and co-founder of Ms. magazine, who played a pivotal role in the women's liberation movement, was born on this day.  Wikimedia/Rob Croes/Anefo

1947: Elton John, Flamboyant British Pop Icon, Born

Sir Elton John, the legendary British singer, composer, and pianist renowned for his popular music and extravagant stage presence, was born on this day.  Wikimedia/Thomas Waleczka

1957: Treaties of Rome Establish European Community and Atomic Energy Community

On this day, the signing of the Treaties of Rome marked the creation of the European Community and the European Atomic Energy Community, laying the groundwork for greater European integration.  Wikimedia/European Commission

1965: MLK Jr. Leads Successful Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March

Martin Luther King, Jr. and fellow civil rights activists concluded their historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, after two previous attempts were blocked by local authorities.  Wikimedia/Mitchumch

1965: Sarah Jessica Parker, Star of Sex and the City, Born

Sarah Jessica Parker, the American actress best known for her iconic role in the TV series Sex and the City, was born on this day.  Wikimedia/Sean Reynolds

1975: Saudi Arabia's King Faisal Assassinated by Nephew

King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was assassinated by his nephew on this day, sending shockwaves through the Middle Eastern nation and the world.  Wikimedia

2002: Deadly 6.1-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Afghanistan's Hindu Kush Region

A devastating 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region, killing more than 1,000 people and causing extensive damage in the northern part of the country.  Wikimedia/Tasnim News Agency

2021: Beloved Children's Author Beverly Cleary Dies at 104

Beverly Cleary, the cherished American children's author known for her immensely popular Ramona series and other works, passed away at the age of 104.  Wikimedia