TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day is Wed­nes­day,

March 25, the 85th day of 2020. There are 281 days left in the year.

On March 25, 1931, in the so-called Scotts­boro Boys case, nine young black men were taken off a train in Alabama, ac­cused of rap­ing two white women; af­ter years of con­vic­tions, death sen­tences and im­pris­on­ment, the nine were even­tu­ally vin­di­cated.

In 1634, English colonists sent by Lord Bal­ti­more ar­rived in present-day Mary­land.

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

In 1911, 146 peo­ple, mostly young fe­male im­mi­grants, were killed when fire broke out at the Tri­an­gle Shirt­waist Co. in New York.

In 1915, the U.S. Navy lost its first com­mis­sioned sub­ma­rine as the USS F-4 sank off Hawaii, killing all 21 crew mem­bers.

In 1947, a coal-dust ex­plo­sion in­side the Cen­tralia Coal Co. Mine No. 5 in Wash­ing­ton County, Ill., claimed 111 lives; 31 men sur­vived.

In 1960, the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the Sec­ond Cir­cuit, in New York, ruled that the D.H. Lawrence novel “Lady Chat­ter­ley’s Lover” was not ob­scene and could be sent through the mails. Ray Charles recorded “Ge­or­gia on My Mind” as part of his “The Ge­nius Hits the Road” al­bum in New York.

In 1963, pri­vate pi­lot Ralph Flores and his 21-year-old pas­sen­ger, Helen Klaben, were res­cued af­ter be­ing stranded for seven weeks in bru­tally cold con­di­tions in the Yukon af­ter their plane crashed.

In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 peo­ple to the Alabama state capi­tol in Mont­gomery af­ter a five-day march from Selma to protest the de­nial of vot­ing rights to blacks. Later that day, civil rights ac­tivist Vi­ola Li­uzzo, a white Detroit home­maker, was shot and killed by Ku Klux Klans­men.

In 1985, “Amadeus” won eight Academy Awards, in­clud­ing best pic­ture, best direc­tor for Mi­los For­man and best ac­tor for F. Mur­ray Abra­ham.

In 1988, in New York City’s so-called Prep­pie Killer case, Robert Cham­bers Jr. pleaded guilty to first-de­gree man­slaugh­ter in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin. (Cham­bers re­ceived five to 15 years in prison; he was re­leased in 2003 af­ter serv­ing the full sen­tence.)

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 2018, in an in­ter­view with “60 Min­utes,” adult film star Stormy Daniels said she had been threat­ened and warned to keep si­lent about an al­leged sex­ual en­counter with Don­ald Trump in 2006. A fire at a shop­ping mall in a Siberian city in Russia killed more than 60 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 41 chil­dren.

Ten years ago: Osama bin Laden threat­ened in a new mes­sage to kill any Amer­i­cans al-Qaida cap­tured if the United States ex­e­cuted Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self­pro­fessed mas­ter­mind of the Sept. 11 at­tacks, or other al-Qaida sus­pects.

De­fense Secretary Robert Gates ap­proved new rules eas­ing en­force­ment of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serv­ing openly in the mil­i­tary.

Five years ago: Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani thanked the U.S. Congress for bil­lions of Amer­i­can tax dol­lars and vowed his war­wracked coun­try would be self-re­liant within the decade. Bri­tish singer Zayn Ma­lik shocked his fans by an­nounc­ing he was quit­ting the chart-top­ping band One Di­rec­tion.

One year ago: UFC su­per­star Conor McGre­gor an­nounced his re­tire­ment on so­cial me­dia. Ap­ple an­nounced the launch of a video stream­ing service, Ap­ple TV Plus, that could com­pete with Net­flix and Ama­zon with ad-free orig­i­nal series and films.

To­day’s Birthdays:

Movie re­viewer Gene Shalit is 94. Former as­tro­naut James Lovell is 92. Fem­i­nist

ac­tivist-author Glo­ria Steinem is 86. Singer Anita Bryant is 80. Ac­tor Paul Michael Glaser is 77. Singer Sir El­ton John is 73. Ac­tress-co­me­dian Mary Gross is 67. Ac­tress Mar­cia Cross is 58. Author Kate DiCamillo is 56. Ac­tress Lisa Gay Hamil­ton is

56. Ac­tress Sarah Jes­sica Parker is 55. Base­ball Hall of Famer Tom Glavine is

54. Olympic bronze medal fig­ure skater Debi Thomas is 53. Ac­tor Laz Alonso is

49. Co­me­dian-ac­tor Alex Mof­fat is 38. Former auto racer Dan­ica Pa­trick is 38. Ac­tress-singer Katharine McPhee is 36. Co­me­di­an­ac­tor Chris Redd is 35. Rap­per Big Sean is 32. Rap DJ-pro­ducer Ryan Lewis is 32.

“The truth does not change ac­cord­ing to our abil­ity to stom­ach it emo­tion­ally.” — Flan­nery O’Con­nor, Amer­i­can author (1925-1964).

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