Birthdays of Monday, March 25
Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford is 91. Movie reviewer Gene Shalit is 87. Former astronaut James Lovell is 85. Feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem is 79. Singer Anita Bryant is 73. Singer Aretha Franklin is 71. Actor Paul Michael Glaser is 70. Singer Elton John is 66. Actress Bonnie Bedelia is 65. Actress-comedian Mary Gross is 60. Actor James McDaniel is 55. Actress Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives, Dallas) is 53. Actress Marcia Cross is 51. Author Kate DiCamillo is 49. Actress Lisa Gay Hamilton is 49. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 48. Former MLB All-Star pitcher Tom Glavine is 47. Auto racer Danica Patrick is 31. Singer Katharine McPhee is 29.
On March 25 in
1306 Robert the Bruce was crowned the King of Scots.
1776 Gen. George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, was awarded the first Congressional Gold Medal by the Continental Congress.
1894 Jacob S. Coxey began leading an "army" of unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington D.C., to demand help from the federal government.
1911 146 people, mostly young female immigrants, were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York.
1947 A coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., claimed 111 lives.
1965 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks.
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 a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison; he was released in 2003.)
In The Star
March 25, 1938, in The Star: In news from the Post Oak community, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Andrews announce the birth of a son, whom they have named Elliott Ray Andrews. Also in Post Oak, Dosh Finley of Blue Mountain is visiting relatives in the community. Also this date: All the elementary schools in Clay County, except for those at Lineville, Millerville, Mellow Valley and Cragford, closed for the year a couple of days ago after a seven-month term. The senior high schools will run nine months, however.
March 25, 1988, in The Star: The Anniston City Board of Education last night chose Anniston architect Julian Jenkins to oversee demolition of the old Cobb Junior High School and to draw plans for a wholly new elementary school to take its place. Anniston schools Superintendent Dr. Bruce Wright said the building needs to be ready to occupy by the fall of 1989.