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 - Slavery Trade Act
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1807: The Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire, but not slavery itself. Many of the act's supporters thought it would lead to the death of slavery, but it was not until much later that slavery itself was actually abolished. Pictured is a medallion created as part of a campaign by the British Anti-Slavery Society in the late 1790s.


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