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Today is Friday, March 25, the 85th day of 2016. There are 281 days left in the year.

On March 25, 1776, Gen. George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, was awarded the first Congressional Gold Medal by the Continental Congress.

On this date

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

"In 1865, during the Civil War, Confederate forces attacked Fort Stedman in Virginia but were forced to withdraw because of counterattacking Union troops.

"In 1911, 146 people, mostly young female immigrants, were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York.

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

"In 1954, RCA announced it had begun producing color television sets at its plant in Bloomington, Indiana.

"In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 people to the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery after a five-day march from Selma to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks. Later that day, civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, a white Detroit homemaker, was shot and killed by Ku Klux Klansmen.

"In 1975, King Faisal (FY'-suhl) of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental illness. (The nephew was beheaded in June 1975.)

"In 1985, "Amadeus" won eight Academy Awards, including best picture, best director for Milos (MEE'-lohsh) Forman and best actor for F. Murray Abraham.

"In 1990, 87 people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants, were killed when fire raced through an illegal social club in New York City.

"In 1991, "Dances with Wolves" won seven Oscars, including best picture, at the 63rd annual Academy Awards; Kathy Bates won best actress for "Misery" while Jeremy Irons received best actor for "Reversal of Fortune."

"In 1996, an 81-day standoff by the anti-government Freemen began at a ranch near Jordan, Montana.

"In 2001, at the 73rd Academy Awards, "Gladiator" won best picture; its star, Russell Crowe, was named best actor; Julia Roberts received the best actress Oscar for "Erin Brockovich"; Steven Soderbergh won best director for "Traffic."

Today's Birthdays: Movie reviewer Gene Shalit is 90. Former astronaut James Lovell is 88. Feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem is 82. Singer Anita Bryant is 76. Singer Aretha Franklin is 74. Actor Paul Michael Glaser is 73. Singer Elton John is 69. Actress Bonnie Bedelia is 68. Actress-comedian Mary Gross is 63. Actor James McDaniel is 58. Former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., is 58. Movie producer Amy Pascal is 58. Rock musician Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) is 56. Actress Brenda Strong is 56. Actor Fred Goss is 55. …

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