On this day: March 25

POSTED: 04:26 PM PDT Mar 19, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 24, 2016 

The Scottsboro Boys are arrested, John and Yoko take to bed, a New York City nightclub fire kills 87, and mad cow disease halts British beef exports, all on this day.

OTD March 25 - Coxey's Army
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Library of Congress

1894: Coxey's Army, the first significant American protest march, departs Massillon, Ohio, for Washington, D.C. Unemployed workers, led by Ohio businessman Jacob Coxey, marched to protest the unemployment caused by the Panic of 1893 and to lobby for the government to create jobs involving building roads and other public works improvements. They arrived in Washington on April 30, but march leaders were arrested for walking on the grass of the U.S. Capitol and the protest rapidly dwindled.


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