Wednesday’s History: November 25
Today, November 25, in history includes the 35th president laid to rest, a floating bridge sinks and a day for ending violence , according to history.com.
At 46, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963.
Kennedy was rushed to and pronounced dead at Dallas' Parkland Hospital. Vice President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in on Air Force One as the 36th president.
Kennedy was laid to rest on this date at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
To bridge Seattle and its suburbs, Homer Hadley proposed a "floating concrete highway, permanent and indestructible, across Lake Washington" in 1921.
Construction began in 1939 and was completed a year and a half later. It was a 6,600-foot bridge. In November 1990, it was on the verge of being renovated. A second bridge was built to accommodate the traffic. The bridge had 22 floating bolted-together pontoons.
On Thanksgiving, a wind and rainstorm hit the area and Washington's historic Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge brike and sank into Lake Washington. Nobody was hurt and the Murrow Bridge was built.
In 1960, three sisters were brutally murdered in the Dominican Republic. Since 1981, Latin American and Caribbean women have honored this day as a Day to End Violence Against Women.
In 1998, UNIFEM director Noeleen Heyzer at a fundraiser in Toronto encouraged participation in "16 days of activism against gender violence." It would begin on November 25 and end on December 10, which is when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights passed in 1948. In Canadian history, December 6, 1989, Marc Lepine murdered 14 female students in the Montreal Massacre.
In 1999, International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women was recognized by all UN countries.