1830 The revolution against the Ottoman occupation of Greece ended. (See March 25th entry.)
1865 President Lincoln attended a peace conference.
1943 Four U. S. chaplains died. (Four Chaplains Day)
1973 Fighting in the Vietnam War came to a virtual halt.
Not too many people are aware that today has a very special name. It is Four Chaplains Day. It marks the heroic deaths of a Catholic priest, a Jewish rabbi, and two Protestant ministers. They gave their lifejackets to other crew members on board the sinking troop
Transport Dorchester and went down with the ship in the North Atlantic during the Second World War. In 1943, Father John Washington, Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reverend George Fox, and Reverend Clark Poling became men to be remembered.
Working together is not always easy. On this date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens met aboard a ship anchored at Hampton Roads, Virginia, in an attempt to end the Civil War. The meeting failed because the Confederacy demanded independence. Barely two months later—after more killing and more suffering—Confederate independence was lost anyway. They say talk is cheap; but in this case a lack of it cost thousands of men their lives. It’s always wiser to communicate than to remain silent. It is true, however, that actions speak louder than words. That was definitely the case when, on this same day in 1973, fighting in the Vietnam War came to a virtual halt. The formal cease-fire had gone into effect.