What Happened on March 25

Significant Events

  • 31 1st Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus
  • 1436 Florentine cathedral Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore with dome by Filippo Brunelleschi consecrated by Pope Eugene IV (begun 1296)
  • 1807 British Parliament abolishes slave trade throughout the British Empire; penalty of £120 per slave introduced for ship captains
  • 1895 Italian troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • 1960 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)
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Did You Know?

Swami Vivekananda initiates Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita) into vow of Brahmacharya, first western woman received into Indian monastic order

On March 25, 1898

Would You Believe?

RAF Flight Sgt Nicholas Alkemade survives a jump from his Lancaster bomber from 18,000 feet over Germany without a parachute; his fall broken by pine trees and soft snow, he suffers only a sprained leg

On March 25, 1944

Famous Weddings

  • 1734 William IV, Prince of Orange-Nassau marries princess Anne of Great Britain, eldest daughter of King George II at St. James' Palace
  • 1795 2nd Earl of Liverpool Robert Jenkinson (25) weds daughter of the Earl of Bristol Lady Louisa Hervey at Wimbledon
  • 1961 Playwright Samuel Beckett (54) weds Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil on a secret civil ceremony in England
  • 1985 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) weds Mary Martelly
  • 2003 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

Famous Divorces

  • 2005 American actress Jennifer Aniston (36) files for divorce from actor and film producer Brad Pitt (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 4 and a half years of marriage
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