On this day
Alas, poor Yorick…
On March 25th 1949, Laurence Olivier's film "Hamlet" won five Oscars! At 41 years old, as well as directing the film, Olivier won one of the Oscars as Best Actor. The classic Shakespeare tale has been retold many times, but Olivier is still known as one of the best interpreting actors of the Bard's work.
Robinson defends his title.
In 1958, Sugar Ray Robinson defended the World Middleweight boxing title successfully, seeing off Carmen "The Onion Farmer" Basilio. Many thought Robinson would fold to his rival, who'd fought together previously - the pugilists took the action to fifteen incredible rounds at their last meeting!
The Selma-Montgomery March took its last steps.
The important civil rights march between Selma and Montgomery AL - led by Martin Luther King Jr - finally completed its last few steps on this day back in 1965. It was a momentous occasion - as the march had previously faced police curtailment at least twice. It’s one of the most iconic protest movements of the 20th century.
Wikipedia’s inspiration takes to the web.
While it’d be a handful of years before Wikipedia took to the web itself, March 25th 1995 saw the launch of the WikiWikiWeb, an editable website or knowledge base created by Ward Cunningham. It was the first-ever “wiki” - a term used to describe similar repositories all over the internet.
Special Days Falling on March 25thIf you’re stuck for something to celebrate on March 25th, you’re in luck. Here are a few special occasions marked both in the US as well as worldwide.
National Medal of Honor Day
Today is a fantastic day to remember the US’ national heroes. Congress selected this date to recognize those recipients of the National Congressional Medal of Honor, and to remind people of their achievement, distinguishing themselves by acts of selflessness and valor. The MHO is the highest military decoration awarded across the country.
Tolkien Reading Day
This national day celebrates the legendary world of JRR Tolkien, famed author of the "Lord of The Rings" novels. It's a good day to settle down with a good book and take pleasure in reading! Today's date was chosen because it matches a very important date in Middle-Earth… no spoilers!