Historical Political Events for March 25

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Year Event
1655 Fighting between Royalists and Puritans in Maryland, prompted by the harsh measures ordered by the parliamentarian assembly, ends with the Puritans victorious. Ex-governor William Stone is wounded and four of his supporters are executed. (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1924 Greece is proclaimed a republic. Admiral Pavlos Koundouriotis becomes president.
1955 U.S. Customs confiscate 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" as they enter the U.S. It will then be published by City Lights publishers in San Francisco, leading to the arrest of publisher (and prominent poet) Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
1957 Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands sign the "Treaty of Rome" establishing the European Economic Community (EEC) or "Common Market".
1989 The tanker Exxon Valdez runs aground at the Valdez terminus of the Alaskan pipe line, dumping 240,000 barrels of oil into Prince William Sound, causing major environmental damage, and providing enormous opportunities for filching a fat oil company.
1987 The Supreme Court rules women and minorities may be awarded jobs over better qualified men and whites.
2003 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (see CNN/Money): From USAID: The first contracts for rebuilding post-war Iraq have been awarded, and Vice President Dick Cheney's old employer, Halliburton Co., is one of the early winners. Estimated to be in excess of $400 million. In turn, Halliburton gave $708,770 (95 percent to Republicans) to the politicians.
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Quote of
the Day
My ancestors were Puritans from England. They arrived here in 1648 in the hope of finding greater restrictions than were permissible under English law at that time.
    — Garrison Keillor
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