On March 25, 1774, the British Parliament passed the Boston Port Act, closing the port of Boston and demanding that the city’s residents pay for the tea dumped into Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773. The cost of the tea was equivalent to $1 million in today’s currency. The Boston Port Act was the first and easiest to enforce of four acts that together were known as the Coercive Acts. The other three were a new Quartering Act, the Administration of Justice Act and the Massachusetts Government Act.
On March 25, 1955, U.S. Customs seized 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg’s book Howl, which had been printed in England. Officials alleged that the book was obscene. The poem created an earthquake in the literary world and still stands as an icon of the ’50s and ’60s counter-culture.
On March 25, 1967, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., led a march of 5,000 antiwar demonstrators in Chicago. In an address to the demonstrators, King declared that the Vietnam War was “a blasphemy against all that America stands for.”