A closer look at the key events on March 25 in history:

In 1957, the European Economic Community is founded

The EEC was founded by France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. It was an important step towards European integration and the formation of the European Union. The ECC was subsequently names the Economic Community.

In 1821, the Greek war of independence starts

After being part of the Ottoman Empire since 1453, Greek people revolted on March 25, 1821. The motto of the revolution became “Freedom or death”. We now celebrate it as the Greek Independence Day, which coincides  with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of the Annunciation to the Theotokos, which is when Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear the son of God.

In 1306, Robert the Bruce crowned king of Scotland
Robert the Bruce (1274 – 1329) was crowned Scottish king in 1306 after stabbing a rival to death in a quarrel.  He became a fugitive after being defeated by Edward I but returned and eventually freed Scotland from English rule, winning the decisive Battle of Bannockburn (1314) and confirming Scottish independence in the Treaty of Northampton (1328).

In 421, According to tradition, Venice was founded.

The history of Venice began around 400 after the fall of the Roman Empire brought chaos and invasion from Barbarians down from Northern Europe. Peoples tried to find refuge in places where the Goths would not follow, away from the mainland and towards the lagoons and channels of Venice. Even though it was founded in 421, it wasn’t until around 450 that populations permanently settled in the area.

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