ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MARCH 25
1909 - Jerry Livingston, songwriter, is born. He co-wrote the Oscar nominated "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" as well as "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" (for Disney's Cinderella) and "The Unbirthday Song" (for Disney's Alice in Wonderland). He had already composed such standards as "It's The Talk Of The Town," "Mairzy Doats," and "The Twelfth of Never."
1913 - Great Dayton Flood
1913 - Home of vaudeville, Palace Theatre, opens (NYC) starring Ed Wynn
1915 - 1st submarine disaster; a US F-4 sank off Hawaii, killing 21
1916 - Jess Willard fights Frank Moran to no decision in 10 for boxing title
1916 - Women are allowed to attend a boxing match
1918 - Howard Cosell, Winston-Salem NC, sportscaster (Monday Night Football) is born
1919 - Jeanne Cagney, actress (Lion is in the Streets, Quicksand) is born
1920 - Patrick Troughton, actor (Doctor Who) is born
1925 - Flannery O'Connor, GA, novelist (A Good Man is Hard to Find) is born
1928 - James A Lovell Jr, Cleveland Ohio, American astronaut (Gemini 7, 12, Apollo 8, 13) is born
1934 - Johnny Burnette, Memphis, guitarist (Trains Kept A-Rollin, You're 16) is born
1937 - It's revealed Quaker Oats pays Babe Ruth $25,000 per year for ads
1937 - Wash Daily News is 1st US newspaper with perfumed advertising page
1937 - Tom Monaghan, founder of Dominos pizza is born
1938 - Hoyt Axton, Duncan Oklahoma, actor (Black Stallion, Junkman, Rousters) is born
1939 - Billboard Magazine introduces hillbilly (country) music chart
1942 - Aretha Franklin, Memphis Tenn, Soul Sister #1/singer (Respect) is born
1942 - Paul Michael Glaser, Cambridge Mass, actor (Starsky-Starsky & Hutch) is born
1942 - Richard O'Brien, English actor and writer (Rocky Horror Show) is born
1943 - 97% of all Dutch physicians strike againt nazi registration
1943 - Jimmy Durante & Garry Moore premiere on radio
1944 - Germany troop executes 335 residents of Rome
1947 - Elton John, [Reginald Kenneth Dwight], England, singer (Rocketman) is born
1949 - Neil Jones, musician (Bend Me Shape Me) is born
1954 - 26th Academy Awards - "From Here to Eternity," Holden & A Hepburn win
1954 - RCA manufactures 1st color TV set (12½" screen at $1,000)
1956 - Matthew Garber, English actor, and Disney Legend (d. 1977) is born
1958 - Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times
1958 - James McDaniel, Wash DC, actor (Arthur Fancy-NYPD Blue) is born
1960 - Roy Orbison records "Only the Lonely."
1961 - "Gypsy" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 702 performances
1961 - Elvis Presley performed his last live show for the next eight years in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The show raised $62,000 for the U.S.S. Arizona memorial fund.
1961 - Sputnik 10 carries a dog into Earth orbit; later recovered
1965 - Martin Luther King Jr led 25,000 to state capitol in Montgomery, Al
1965 - Sarah Jessica Parker, Nelsonville Ohio, American actress (Square Pegs, Sex and the City) is born
1966 - Beatles pose with mutilated dolls & butchered meat for the cover of the "Yesterday & Today" album.
1967 - The Turtle's "Happy Together" goes #1
1967 – The Who & Cream make US debut at Murray the K's Easter Show
1968 - The 58th and final episode of "The Monkees" TV show.
1969 - John & Yoko stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam)
1971 - Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
1972 – Tom Jones’ hit, “She’s a Lady” goes gold
1972 - America's LP "America" goes #1
1972 - The final episode of "Bewitched" airs on ABC.
1974 - Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"
1976 - "My Fair Lady" opens at St James Theater NYC for 384 performances
1976 - Jackson Browne's wife Phyllis committs suicide.
1977 - The final episode of "Sanford and Son" airs
1982 - Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st NHL to score 200 points in a season
1982 - Danica Patrick, American race car driver, is born
1985 - 57th Academy Awards - "Amadeus," F Murray Abraham & Sally Field win
1986 - The first episode of "Perfect Strangers" airs.
1988 - Robin Givens demands full access to husband Mike Tyson's money
1991 - 63rd Academy Awards - "Dance with Wolves," Kathy Bates & J Irons win
1992 - Nancy Walker, actress (Ida Morgenstern-Rhoda), dies of cancer at 69
1995 - Boxer Mike Tyson released from jail after serving 3 years
1995 - Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is rescued after a riptide carries him 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.
1996 - 68th Academy Awards - "Braveheart," Nicholas Cage & Susan Sarandon win
1996 - Animator John Lasseter accepts the Academy Award for Special Achievement for his "inspired leadership of the Disney/Pixar “Toy Story” team resulting in the first feature-length computer animated film.
2004 - In Georgia, the House of Representatives voted 134-0 to name a stretch of Interstate 85 for country music star Alan Jackson. The honor had already passed the Senate.
2006 - Richard Fleischer, American film director (Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) (b. 1916) dies
2006 - Buck Owens, American singer and television personality (b. 1929) dies