This day in history

Monday, March 25, is the 84th day of 2013. There are 281 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset.

Today’s birthdays: Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford is 91. Movie reviewer Gene Shalit is 87. Former astronaut James Lovell is 85. Feminist activist Gloria Steinem is 79. Singer Anita Bryant is 73. Singer Aretha Franklin is 71. Singer Elton John is 66. Actress Marcia Cross is 51. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 48. Former MLB pitcher Tom Glavine is 47. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Debi Thomas, M.D., is 46. Auto racer Danica Patrick is 31. Singer Katharine McPhee is 29.

In 1306, Robert the Bruce was crowned the King of Scots.


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

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In 1776, General George Washington was awarded the first Congressional Gold Medal.

In 1911, 146 people were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York.

In 1947, a coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., claimed 111 lives.

In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks.