By The Associated Press
Today in History
Today is Friday, March 25, the 84th day of 2022. There are 281 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On March 25, 1931, in the so-called “Scottsboro Boys” affair, nine young blacks were taken off a train in Alabama, accused of having raped two white women; after years of convictions, death sentences and imprisonment, the nine were finally found guilty.
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In 1634, English settlers sent by Lord Baltimore arrived in present-day Maryland.
In 1894, Jacob S. Coxey began leading an “army” of unemployed workers from Massillon (MAí-sih-luhn), Ohio, to Washington D.C. to seek help from the federal government.
In 1911, 146 people, mostly young immigrants, were killed when a fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York.
In 1915, the United States Navy lost its first commissioned submarine when the USS F-4 sank off Hawaii, claiming the lives of all 21 crew members.
In 1947, a coal dust explosion inside the Centralia Coal Co. Mine No. 5 in Washington County, Illinois killed 111; 31 men survived.
In 1954, RCA announced that it had begun producing color televisions at its factory in Bloomington, Indiana.
In 1960, Ray Charles recorded “Georgia on My Mind” as part of his album “The Genius Hits the Road” in New York.
In 1965, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 people to the Alabama state capital of Montgomery after a five-day march from Selma to protest the denial of black suffrage. Later that day, civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, a white Detroit housewife, was shot and killed by Ku Klux Klans men.
In 1987, the Supreme Court, in Johnson v. Transportation Agency, ruled 6 to 3 that an employer could promote a woman over an arguably more qualified man to help women advance to higher-ranking jobs.
In 1990, 87 people, mostly Honduran and Dominican immigrants, were killed when a fire swept through an illegal New York social club. (An arsonist set the fire after being kicked out of the club following an argument with his girlfriend; Julio Gonzalez died in prison in 2016.)
In 1996, an 81-day standoff between anti-government Freemen began on a ranch near Jordan, Montana.
In 2020, the Senate unanimously passed a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package to help businesses, workers and health systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic; the largest economic relief bill in US history included direct payments to most Americans, expanded unemployment benefits and $367 billion to keep small businesses making payrolls while the workers were forced to stay at home.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama arrived in South Korea, where he toured the demilitarized zone separating the south from the communist north, telling US troops stationed nearby that they were the protectors of the “border of the freedom “. Pope Benedict XVI, on his first trip to Latin America, urged Mexicans to exercise their faith against drug-related violence, poverty, and other ills, celebrating Mass before a sea of worshipers in Silao.
Five years ago: A fight broke out at Bolsa Chica State Beach in southern California where supporters of President Donald Trump were marching when counter-protesters doused organizers with pepper spray.
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Stars and fans gathered for a public memorial honoring late mother-daughter movie stars Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.
A year ago: Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a Republican-sponsored state election overhaul that included restrictions on mail-in voting and increased legislative control over the conduct of elections. A final tally of Israeli election votes showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies failed to win a parliamentary majority; Netanyahu would leave office and become the leader of the opposition. Pulitzer Prize-winning Texas author Larry McMurtry dies at 84; he had won the award for “Lonesome Dove” and also wrote “The Last Picture Show” and “Terms of Endearment”, which became Oscar-winning films. Children’s author Beverly Cleary, author of popular characters Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins, has died aged 104 in Carmel Valley, California.
Today’s birthdays: Film critic Gene Shalit turns 96. Former astronaut James Lovell is 94 years old. Feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem is 88 years old. Singer Anita Bryant is 82 years old. Actor Paul Michael Glaser is 79 years old. 74. Actress and comedian Mary Gross is 69 years old. Actor James McDaniel is 64 years old. Film producer Amy Pascal is 64 years old. Rock musician Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) is 62 years old. Actor Brenda Strong is 62 years old. Actor Fred Goss is 61 years old. director John Stockwell is 61 years old. Actress Marcia Cross is 60 years old. Author Kate DiCamillo is 58 years old. Actress Lisa Gay Hamilton is 58 years old. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 57 years old. Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Glavine is 56. TV personality Ben Mankiewicz is 55. Medal-winning figure skater Debi Thomas is 55. Actor Laz Alonso is 51 years old. Singer Melanie Blatt (All Saints) is 47 years old. Actor Domenick Lombardozzi is 46 years old. Actor Lee Pace is 43 years old. Actor Sean Faris is 40 years old. Comedian-actor Alex Moffat (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 40 years old. Former car racer Danica Patrick is 40 years old. Actor- singer Katharine McPhee is 38 years old. Comedian-actor Chris Redd (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 37. Singer Jason Castro is 35 years old. Rapper Big Sean is 34 years old. Rap DJ-producer Ryan Lewis is 34 years old. Actor Matthew Beard is 33 years old. singer Aly (AKA Alyson) Michalka (mish-ALí-kah) is 33 years old. Actor Kiowa Gordon is 32 years old. Actor Seychelle Gabriel is 31 years old.