Thursday, March 25, 2010


1898 - Developments during the Philippine Revolution against Spanish colonial rule: Filipino revolutionary Isabelo and his man capture Candon, Ilocos Sur; Spanish soldiers massacre many Visayan sailors in Camba St., Manila, while the 74th Filipino regiment at the Cavite naval fort march out of the barracks, bringing arms and equipment with them as they join the revolution.

1669 - Mount Etna (Catania) in Sicily erupts with a roar that could be heard for 50 miles, sending a 2-mile-wide lava flood flow over 50 villages and towns; some 100,000 people died directly from the eruption that followed a series of earthquakes that has destroyed nearby Nicolosi.

1975 - Saudi Arabia's King Faisal is assassinated by his own nephew, Prince Faisal Ibu Musaed, using three pistol shots at point blank range; Musaed will be found to have acted alone and will be beheaded in the public square in Riyadh, the traditional Islamic method of execution.

1980 - The British Olympic Association (BOA) overwhelmingly votes to send athletes to the Moscow Olympic Games, defying government pressure for boycott of the summer games to the 22nd Olympics in 1980; the United States has led many countries in the boycott following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 in the bid to propel a fledgling Marxist government.

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