Today in History: March 25

Today is Greek Independence Day, the date that is associated with the start in 1821 of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire.

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“Talking in our beds for a week …” Newlyweds John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their first “Bed-In for Peace” at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel starting on this date in 1969. The press was invited to visit the two artists from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day in the Presidential Suite (room 702) in the hotel, where they found John and Yoko dressed in white pajamas, sitting in bed and discussing peace under hair-drawn signs that read “Hair Peace” and “Bed Peace.” In May, they staged a sequel in Montreal, in which the song “Give Peace a Chance” was recorded by those present. Some history about “The Ballad of John and Yoko” (below the fold):

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire took place at 4:40 p.m. on this date in 1911. It remains the worst industrial disaster in New York City history. Among the 146 killed were 123 young women, Jewish and Italian immigrants for the most part, who discovered when the fire broke out that exits and stairwells were blocked and locked from the outside to prevent unauthorized work breaks.

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Roland Barthes died 36 years ago today.

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Bela Bartok was born on this date in 1881. Sir David Lean was born on this date in 1908. Jack Ruby was born in 1911 on this date. Norman Borlaug was born on this date in 1914. Howard Cosell was born in 1918 on this date. Flannery O’Connor was born on this date in 1925. Toni Cade Bambara was born on this date in 1939.

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Jim Lovell, who went to the moon twice but did not set foot on it, is 88 today. Gloria Steinem is 82 today. Anita Bryant is 76. Richard O’Brien is 74. Paul Michael Glaser is 73. Lee Mazzilli is 61. Sarah Jessica Parker is 51.

Aretha Franklin is 74 today. Ms. Franklin’s tribute to Carole King at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015:

(And that is how one does that. By “that,” I mean watch it again.)

Sir Elton John is 69 today. One of my favorite Elton John moments, his composition demonstration for “The Actor’s Studio” about a decade ago:

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One comment

  1. rogershipp · March 25, 2016

    “Jim Lovell, who went to the moon twice but did not set foot on it, is 88 today.” If I spent all that time training, and the hours and dangers to overcome to get to my destination… I think that I would have broken a few rules and took a a few steps!!!!!

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