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?

RCA manufactures 1st color TV set (12½" screen at $1,000)

On March 25, 1954

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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