This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1959, The Detroit '59ers reached Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, on their way from Detroit to homestead land on the Kenai Peninsula.

• In 1975, nine high school students and four chaperones from Craig (on Prince of Wales Island) returned from a month-long trip to China.

In the nation

• In 1634, Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Lord Baltimore.

• In 1894, Jacob S. Coxey began leading an "army" of unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government.

• In 1911, in a tragedy that galvanized America's labor movement, 146 immigrant workers were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York.

• In 1913, the home of vaudeville, the Palace Theatre, opened in New York City.

• In 1947, a coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., claimed 111 lives.

• In 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.

• In 1990, 87 people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants, were killed when fire raced through an illegal social club in New York City.

• In 1993, the Senate approved an outline of President Clinton's plan to spark the economy and trim the budget deficit by a vote of 54-45.

• In 1996, the redesigned $100 bill went into circulation.

• In 1997, former President George Bush, at age 73, parachuted from a plane over the Arizona desert.

In the world

• In 1957, the Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community.

• In 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.)

• In 1998, shaken by horror stories from the worst genocide since World War II, President Clinton grimly acknowledged during his Africa tour that "we did not act quickly enough" to stop the slaughter of up to a million Rwandans four years earlier.

• In 2002, a powerful earthquake rocked Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan, killing up to 1,000 people.

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