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25th March

1807 The British parliament abolished the slave trade.

1867 * Arturo Toscannini, Italian conductor.

1908 * David Lean, English film director who directed Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

1929 Benito Mussolini claimed to have won 90% of the vote in the Italian elections.

1942 * Aretha Franklin, US singer.

1947 * Elton John (Reginald Dwight), English singer, songwriter and pianist.

1949 Hamlet became the first British film to win an Oscar.

1957 Six nations signed the Treaty of Rome to establish the EEC.

1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot and killed by his nephew.

1994 US troops withdrew from Somalia.

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