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On this day in history - March 25

What Happened On This Day – March 25

  • 1995 WikiWikiWeb, the world's first wiki, is launched

    Ward Cunningham introduced the wiki, or user-editable website. Today, Wikipedia is the world's most well known and widely used wiki.

  • 1988 Thousands of people join the first peaceful demonstrations against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia

    The Candle Demonstration was brutally dispersed by the Police but was the first step towards the Velvet Revolution that resulted in the establishment of democracy in the country.

  • 1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is assassinated by his nephew

    Despite the king's dying wish that the life of the assassin be spared, Faisal bin Musaid was publicly executed on June 18, 1975.

  • 1957 6 countries found the European Economic Community

    The EEC's establishment was an important step towards European integration and the creation of the European Union (EU).

  • 1949 The Soviet Union begins deporting some 90,000 Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians to some of Russia's most inhospitable areas

    Operation Priboi, also known as March deportation, was designed to weaken the Baltic nationalist movement. Most of the deportees, labeled “enemies of the people” by the Soviet authorities, were women and children.

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Births On This Day,
March 25

  • 1976 Wladimir Klitschko

    Ukrainian boxer

  • 1947 Elton John

    English singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, actor

  • 1942 Aretha Franklin

    American singer-songwriter, pianist

  • 1914 Norman Borlaug

    American agronomist, humanitarian, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1867 Arturo Toscanini

    Italian conductor

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Deaths On This Day,
March 25

  • 2006 Buck Owens

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1980 Milton H. Erickson

    American psychiatrist

  • 1931 Ida B. Wells

    American civil rights activist

  • 1918 Claude Debussy

    French composer

  • 1860 James Braid

    Scottish surgeon