Friday, March 25, 2005
40 or 41: Jesus of Nazareth is crucified by Roman authorities at Jerusalem.
1634: The first settlers land in the new proprietary colony of Maryland. It is owned by Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, the maiden name of whose wife is Anne Arundel.
1802: France and England sign the Treaty of Amiens, which purports to be a "Definitive Treaty of Peace" between them. Truth in advertising laws don't apply to governments.
1807: Great Britain becomes the first major nation to abolish the slave trade with enactment of the Slave Trade Act.
1894: In protest against unemployment caused by the Panic of 1893, Jacob Coxey leads a group of men from Massilon, Ohio, on a trek to Washington. "Coxey's Army," 500 strong, will reach the capitol in April, where they will disband after Coxey is arrested for walking on the Capitol grass.
1918: Future New York University Law Review editor Howard William Cohen is born at Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As "Howard Cosell" he'll give up law in 1954 to do a radio program featuring Little League players.
1931: Nine black teenagers are arrested for rape in Scottsboro, Alabama. One of them, Haywood Patterson, will ultimately be tried four times, getting death sentences in three successive trials before winning a 75-year term in the fourth.
1957: The Treaty of Rome creates the European Economic Community. The original members are Belgium, Frnace, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and West Germany.
2004: Air Holland goes bankrupt when business falls off after unproved allegations of marijuana use by pilots.