What Happened On This Day – 25. März
1995 WikiWikiWeb, the world's first wiki, is launched
Ward Cunningham introduced the wiki, or user-editable website. Today, Wikipedia is the world's most well known and widely used wiki.
1988 Thousands of people join the first peaceful demonstrations against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia
The Candle Demonstration was brutally dispersed by the Police but was the first step towards the Velvet Revolution that resulted in the establishment of democracy in the country.
1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is assassinated by his nephew
Despite the king's dying wish that the life of the assassin be spared, Faisal bin Musaid was publicly executed on June 18, 1975.
1957 6 countries found the European Economic Community
The EEC's establishment was an important step towards European integration and the creation of the European Union (EU).
1949 The Soviet Union begins deporting some 90,000 Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians to some of Russia's most inhospitable areas
Operation Priboi, also known as March deportation, was designed to weaken the Baltic nationalist movement. Most of the deportees, labeled “enemies of the people” by the Soviet authorities, were women and children.
Births On This Day – 25. März
1976 Wladimir Klitschko
1947 Elton John
English singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, actor
1942 Aretha Franklin
American singer-songwriter, pianist
1914 Norman Borlaug
American agronomist, humanitarian, Nobel Prize laureate
1867 Arturo Toscanini
Deaths On This Day – 25. März
2006 Buck Owens
American singer-songwriter, guitarist
1980 Milton H. Erickson
1931 Ida B. Wells
American civil rights activist
1918 Claude Debussy
1860 James Braid