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Reuters historical calendar - March 25

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London, Mar 24 (Reuters) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on March 25 in history: 1911 - New York's worst industrial fire swept through a factory owned by the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, killing 146 immigrant women.

1918 - Claude Debussy, French composer, died.

1924 - King George of Greece was deposed and a republic proclaimed.

1949 - Laurence Olivier's ''Hamlet'' won five Oscars and was the first British film to win an Academy Award.

1957 - Six European countries signed the Treaty of Rome, pledging to set up a Common Market from January 1, 1958. The organisation developed into the European Union.

1975 - King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was murdered by his nephew Prince Faisal. He was succeeded by his brother, Khaled ibn Abdul-Aziz.

1990 - A fire swept through a packed, unlicensed nightclub in New York, killing 87 people.

1994 - The last U.S. troops left Somalia after a 15-month peace mission, leaving only a depleted U.N. force behind.

1996 - Abel Goodman, the world's first patient to receive a permanent electric heart, died in Britain.

1999 - Fire trapped at least 30 vehicles in the tunnel under Mont Blanc connecting France and Italy, killing 40 people.

2003 - Serbian police arrested Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic's suspected assassin, identified as Zvezdan Jovanovic, a deputy commander of the JSO, a war-hardened special police unit set up during the rule of Slobodan Milosevic.

**2005 - The United States decided to allow the sale of F-16 fighters to Pakistan, which had been blocked for 15 years over Islamabad's nuclear weapons programme.

REUTERS CH BST1050

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