Famous Events on this Day in History, February 25:

138 - The Emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.
1095 - Council of Rockingham: bishop Anselmus vs King William II Rufus
1358 - Dalmatie flees Venice
1497 - Italians troops reconquer Taranto on France
1502 - Austrian emperor Maximilian I reformats govt machine
1540 - Francisco V squez de Coronado searches for 7 cities of Cibola Mexico
1570 - Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth, absolves her subjects from allegiance
1605 - Portuguese garrison on Ambon surrenders to Admiral Van der Haghen
1623 - Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria becomes monarch of Palts
1634 - Irish captain Walter Devereaux kills duke Wallenstein
1643 - Dutch US colonists kill Algonquin-indians
1667 - Abraham Crijnssens fleet reach Fort Willoughby on Suriname River
1746 - Cumberlands troops occupy Aberdeen
1751 - 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)
1791 - 1st Bank of US chartered
1793 - 1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington's home)
1797 - Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Last Invasion of Britain
1799 - 1st federal forestry legislation authorizes purchase of timber land
1799 - Congress passes 1st federal quarantine legislation
1803 - 1,800 sovereign German states unite into 60 states
1804 - Jefferson nominated for president at Democratic-Republican caucus
1828 - John Quincy Adam's son John marries in White House
1830 - Victor Hugo's "Hernani" premieres in Paris
1836 - Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm
1836 - US Showman Phineas Taylor Barnum exhibits African American slave Joice Heth.
1837 - 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport
1838 - London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
1839 - Seminoles & black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Florida, to West
1847 - State University of Iowa is approved
1859 - 1st use of "insanity plea" to prove innocence
1862 - Congress forms US Bureau of Engraving & Printing
1862 - Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by Pres Abraham Lincoln
1863 - Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency
1870 - Hiram Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)
1875 - Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft Sill
1879 - Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act
1885 - US Congress condemns barbed wire around govt grounds
1892 - James Barrie's "Walker London," premieres in London
1896 - Italian govt decides to attack governor Baratieri of Eritrea
1901 - George Cohan's musical "Governor's Son," premieres in NYC
1901 - US Steel Corp organized under J P Morgan
1904 - J M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish Natl Theater Society
1904 - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
1905 - Neth Workers van Vakverenigingen, (NVV) political party forms
1907 - George Bernard Shaw's "Philanderer," premieres in London
1907 - US proclaims protectorate over Dominican Republic
1908 - 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens
1910 - Dali Lama flees Tibet from Chinese troop to British-Indies
1911 - Opera "Natoma," premieres in Phila
1912 - Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
1913 - 16th Amendment ratified, authorizing income tax
1916 - German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun
1919 - League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
1919 - Oregon is 1st state to tax gasoline (1 cent per gallon)
1921 - Georgian SSR proclaimed
1921 - Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, occupied by Bolshevist Russia.
1923 - Bread in Berlin rises to 2,000 mark
1924 - Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)
1925 - Glacier Bay National Monument established in Alaska
1925 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran
1925 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
1925 - The diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union were established.
1926 - Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain
1926 - Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on govt/warlords
1927 - Gdanks & Polish accord concerning traffic through Polish corridor
1930 - Check photographing device patented
1930 - George Headley completes twin tons in Test Cricket v Engld (114 & 112)
1932 - Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship
1933 - 1st genuine aircraft carrier christened, USS Ranger
1933 - Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yds in, posts on goal line)
1933 - Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox
1938 - British Lord Halifax becomes Foreign Minister
1939 - 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden
1940 - 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
1941 - Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
1941 - February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
1943 - Vietminh forms Indo Chinese Democratic Front
1944 - US 1st Army completes invasion plan
1945 - US aircraft carriers attack Tokyo
1945 - World War II: Turkey declares war on Germany.
1948 - Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C Gottwald becomes premier
1949 - WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
1950 - "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen
1951 - "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 278 perf
1951 - 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)
1951 - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
1952 - 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
1953 - "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 perfs
1954 - Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
1956 - Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference
1957 - Buddy Holly & Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"
1957 - Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
1960 - John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos," premieres
1960 - Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic," premieres in NYC
1961 - Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
1961 - Paul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 m at release to record 14,10
1962 - India Congress Party wins elections
1962 - Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon
1962 - Robert Kennedy visits Netherlands
1963 - Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me"
1964 - Austrian chancellor Alfons Gorbach resigns
1964 - Cassius Clay TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
1966 - Syrian military coup under Hafiz al-Assad
1968 - 430 Unification Church couples wed in Korea
1968 - Makarios re-elected president of Cyprus
1969 - Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album
1969 - Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
1969 - Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
1969 - Germany gives $5 million to an Arab terrorist as ransom for the passengers and crew of a hijacked jumbo jet.
1971 - "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 1,316 performances
1971 - P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little," premieres in NYC
1972 - Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise
1972 - Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single
1973 - "Little Night Music" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 601 performances
1973 - Juan Corona sentenced to 25 life sentences for 25 murders
1973 - Steven Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music," premieres in NYC
1974 - Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975
1975 - Ewen Chatfield flattened by Peter Lever & seriously injured
1977 - New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts
1977 - Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons
1977 - Soyuz 24 returns to Earth
1978 - Botham scores 1st Test Cricket century, 103 v NZ Christchurch
1979 - Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1979 - Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched
1980 - Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
1981 - 23rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins
1981 - Calgary Flames scored 11 goals against the Islanders
1981 - Exec Board of Players' Assn votes unanimously to strike on May 29
1981 - L Calvo Sotelo elected premier of Spain
1981 - NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 mins)
1981 - NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
1981 - Rita Jenrette (wife of Abscam congressman) appears on Donahue
1981 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 - Exec Board of Baseball Players' Assn votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved
1982 - Final episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" airs
1982 - Record speed for a snowmobile (239 kph)
1984 - Oil fire in Cubatao Brazil kills 500
1986 - 28th Grammy Awards: We Are the World, Sade, Phil Collins wins
1986 - Corazon Aquino becomes president of Philippines, Marcos flees
1986 - Iran conquerors Iraq peninsula Fao
1986 - Thousands of Egyptian military police riot, destroy 2 luxury hotel
1987 - LaMarr Hoyt is banned from baseball for 1987, due to drug abuse
1987 - Michael Jordan, scores Chicago Bull record 58 points in a game
1987 - US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action
1988 - Bruce Springsteen "Tunnel of Love Tour," begins in Worcester Mass
1988 - South Korea adopts constitution
1989 - 1st independent blue-collar labor union in Communist Hungary forms
1989 - Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career
1989 - Dallas Cowboys' new owner fires 29-year coach Tom Landry
1989 - Javed Miandad scores 271 v NZ at Eden Park
1989 - Lowest baramotric pressure in Netherlands (956.7 mbar at De Bilt)
1989 - Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1990 - Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win the Cricket World Series Cup
1990 - Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas
1990 - On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
1991 - Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons v Sri Lanka (122 & 100*)
1991 - Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky & John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts
1991 - US, barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28
1992 - 34th Grammy Awards: Unforgetable, Marc Cohn wins
1992 - Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan
1993 - "Fool Moon" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 207 performances
1993 - Florida Marlins introduce their mascot "Billy"
1993 - Pakistan all out 43 v West Indies, world one-day int record low
1994 - Israeli extremist Baruch Goldstein massacres 30 Palestinians in Hebron
1994 - Peruvian Yak-40 crashes into mountain near Tingo Maria, kills 31
1994 - Phil Rizzuto elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1995 - Bomb attack on train in Assam India (27 soldiers killed)
1995 - British heavyweight Nigel Benn hits Gerard McClellan in hospital
1995 - Moslem fundamentalists shoot 20 shite mosque goers dead
1995 - PBA National Championship Won by Scott Alexander
1996 - "Father" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 52 performances
1996 - Rajindra Dhanraj takes 16-167 in match Trinidad v Leeward Is
1998 - 40th Grammy Awards:
1998 - Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges
1998 - Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich
2008 - The country of Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.
2009 - BDR massacre in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 74 People are being killed, including more than 50 Army officials, by Bangladeshi Boarder Guards inside its headquarter.
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