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On This Day in History - 25th March


1867Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor
1908David Lean, British film director
1920Patrick Throughton, Film and TV actor; the second 'Dr Who'
1932Peter Walker, Conservative politician
1944Paul Michael Glaser, American actor; 'Starsky & Hutch'
1947Elton John, Pop singer/writer
1951Maisie Williams, Of the Pop group 'Boney M'
1952Robert Fox, Stage, screen and television actor
1960Steve Norman, of 'Spandau Ballet'


1306Robert the Bruce was crowned King of the Scots
1807The slave trade in England was abolished by the British Parliament
1843The Thames Tunnel for pedestrians was opened, linking Wapping and Rotherhithe
1879Leicestershire County Cricket Club was founded
1925Greece became a republic when King George was deposed
1949'Hamlet' became the first British film to win an Oscar (actually won five in total)
1957The treaty of Rome was signed by six nations, to establish the European Economic Community
1980Robert Runcie became the 102nd Archbishop of Canterbury