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What happened on February 25? There are more than 291 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 25

February 25 is the 56th day of the year 2018. There are 309 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 8th week of the year 2018.

On this day in Whitetail, Montana 59276 sunrise will occur at 12:48 PM and sunset will occur at 11:38 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Pisces. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 345 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019).

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Historical Events For February 25

  • 138
    The Emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.
  • 1570
    Pope Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England.
  • 1797
    Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Last Invasion of Britain.
  • 1836
    Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
  • 1843
    Provisional Cession of the Hawaiian or Sandwich Islands established by Lord George Paulet.
  • 1866
    Miners in Calaveras County, California, discover what is now called the Calaveras Skull, human remains that supposedly indicated that man, mastodons, and elephants had co-existed.
  • 1870
    Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress.
  • 1901
    J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.
  • 1912
    Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
  • 1919
    Oregon places a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
  • 1921
    Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, is occupied by Bolshevist Russia.
  • 1928
    Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.
  • 1932
    Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
  • 1933
    The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.
  • 1941
    February Strike: In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike is declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.
  • 1945
    World War II: Turkey declares war on Germany.
  • 1947
    The State of Prussia ceases to exist.
  • 1948
    The Communist Party takes control of government in Czechoslovakia and the period of the Third Republic ends.
  • 1951
    The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 1954
    Gamal Abdul Nasser is made premier of Egypt.
  • 1956
    In his speech On the Personality Cult and its Consequences Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union denounces the cult of personality of Joseph Stalin.
  • 1964
    North Korean Prime Minister Kim Il-sung calls for the removal of feudalistic land ownership aimed at turning all cooperative farms into state-run ones.
  • 1964
    U.S. Air Force launches a satellite employing a US Air Force Atlas/Agena combination from Point Arguello (LC-2-3) in California and from Cape Kennedy in Florida.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: 135 unarmed citizens of Ha My village in South Vietnam’s Quảng Nam Province are killed and buried en masse by South Korean troops in what would come to be known as the Ha My massacre.
  • 1971
    The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, goes online.
  • 1980
    The Suriname government is overthrown by a military coup which is initiated with the bombing of the police station from an army ship off the coast of the nation’s capital, Paramaribo
  • 1986
    People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines’ first woman president.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: An Iraqi scud missile hits an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.
  • 1992
    Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians are killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan
  • 1994
    Mosque of Abraham massacre: In the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, Baruch Goldstein opens fire with an automatic rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more before being subdued and beaten to death by survivors.
  • 2009
    BDR massacre in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 74 people are killed, including more than 50 army officials, by Bangladeshi Border Guards inside its headquarters.
  • 2011
    In the Irish general election, the Fianna Fáil-led government suffered the worst defeat of a sitting government since the formation of the Irish state in 1921.

Who Were Born On February 25?

  • 1398
    Emperor Xuande of China (d. 1435)
  • 1591
    Friedrich von Spee, German writer (d. 1635)
  • 1643
    Ahmed II, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1695)
  • 1663
    Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (d. 1718)
  • 1682
    Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (d. 1771)
  • 1692
    Karl Ludwig, Freiherr von Pöllnitz, German adventurer and writer (d. 1775)
  • 1707
    Carlo Goldoni, Italian writer (d. 1793)
  • 1714
    René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, Chancellor of France (d. 1792)
  • 1714
    Sir Hyde Parker, 5th Baronet, British admiral (d. 1782)
  • 1725
    Karl Wilhelm Ramler, German poet (d. 1798)
  • 1752
    John Graves Simcoe, British territorial lieutenant governor of Upper Canada (d. 1806)
  • 1778
    Don José de San Martín, Argentine military commander (d. 1850)
  • 1841
    Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French painter and sculptor (d. 1919)
  • 1842
    Karl May, German writer (d. 1912)
  • 1845
    George Reid, Australian politician (d. 1918)
  • 1855
    Cesário Verde, Portuguese poet (d. 1886)
  • 1855
    George Bonnor, Australian cricketer (d. 1912)
  • 1860
    Sir William Ashley, British economic historian (d. 1927)
  • 1861
    Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher and educator (d. 1925)
  • 1865
    Zoravar Andranik Armenian general, political and public activist and freedom fighter (d. 1927)
  • 1866
    Benedetto Croce, Italian philosopher (d. 1952)
  • 1871
    Lesya Ukrainka, Ukrainian poet (d.1913)
  • 1873
    Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor (d. 1921)
  • 1877
    Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1935)
  • 1883
    Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (d. 1981)
  • 1885
    Princess Alice of Battenberg (d. 1969)
  • 1885
    Sylvia Brett, British socialite and wife of Charles Vyner Brooke (d. 1971)
  • 1888
    John Foster Dulles, American politician, former United States Senator from New York, and 52nd United States Secretary of State (d. 1959)
  • 1889
    Homer S. Ferguson, American politician (d. 1982)
  • 1890
    Dame Myra Hess, English pianist (d. 1965)
  • 1890
    Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet politician (d. 1986)
  • 1894
    Meher Baba, Indian spiritual figure (d. 1969)
  • 1895
    Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (d. 1984)
  • 1897
    Peter Llewelyn Davies, British namesake of Peter Pan (d. 1960)
  • 1901
    Zeppo Marx, American actor (d. 1979)
  • 1903
    King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • 1906
    Boris Papandopulo, Croatian composer and conductor (d. 1991)
  • 1908
    Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist (d. 2001)
  • 1910
    Millicent Fenwick, American fashion editor and politician (d. 1992)
  • 1912
    Brenda Joyce, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1913
    Gert Fröbe, German actor (d. 1988)
  • 1913
    Jim Backus, American actor (d. 1989)
  • 1914
    John Arlott, English cricket journalist (d. 1991)
  • 1916
    Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (d. 1991)
  • 1917
    Anthony Burgess, English author (d. 1993)
  • 1918
    Barney Ewell, American athlete (d. 1996)
  • 1918
    Bobby Riggs, American tennis player (d. 1995)
  • 1918
    Rena Kyriakou, Greek pianist (d. 1994)
  • 1919
    Karl H. Pribram, Austrian neuroscientist
  • 1919
    Monte Irvin, American baseball player
  • 1920
    Gérard Bessette, Canadian author (d. 2005)
  • 1921
    Andy Pafko, American baseball player
  • 1921
    Pierre Laporte, Canadian statesman (d. 1970)
  • 1923
    Takeo Kajiwara, Japanese Go player (d. 2009)
  • 1927
    Dickie Jones, American actor
  • 1927
    Ralph Stanley, American musician
  • 1928
    Larry Gelbart, American comedy writer (d. 2009)
  • 1929
    Christopher George, American actor (d. 1983)
  • 1929
    Tommy Newsom, American bandleader (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Sister Wendy Beckett, South African-born British art connoisseur
  • 1932
    Faron Young, American singer (d. 1996)
  • 1932
    Tony Brooks, English race car driver
  • 1934
    Bernard Bresslaw, English actor (d. 1993)
  • 1934
    Tony Lema, American golfer (d. 1966)
  • 1935
    Sally Jessy Raphaël, American talk show host
  • 1936
    Jiří Černý, Czech music critic
  • 1937
    Barbara Piasecka Johnson, widow of John Seward Johnson I
  • 1937
    Bob Schieffer, American broadcast journalist
  • 1937
    Tom Courtenay, English actor
  • 1938
    Diane Baker, American actress
  • 1938
    Herb Elliott, Australian runner
  • 1940
    Billy Packer, American sports broadcaster
  • 1940
    Danny Cater, American baseball player
  • 1940
    Ron Santo, American baseball player and broadcaster (d. 2010)
  • 1942
    John Saul, American author
  • 1942
    Karen Grassle, American actress
  • 1943
    George Harrison, English musician (The Beatles) (d. 2001)
  • 1943
    Wilson da Silva Piazza, Brazilian footballer
  • 1944
    Matt Guokas, American basketball player & head coach
  • 1945
    Elkie Brooks, English singer
  • 1945
    Herbert Léonard, French singer
  • 1946
    Franz Xaver Kroetz, German dramatist
  • 1946
    Jean Todt, French Formula One executive
  • 1947
    Doug Yule, American bass guitarist (The Velvet Underground)
  • 1947
    Giuseppe Betori, Archbishop of Florence
  • 1947
    Lee Evans, American athlete
  • 1948
    Aldo Busi, Italian writer
  • 1948
    Danny Denzongpa, Indian actor
  • 1949
    Amin Maalouf, Lebanese writer
  • 1949
    Jack Handey, American humorist
  • 1949
    Ric Flair, American professional wrestler
  • 1950
    Emitt Rhodes, American singer/songwriter
  • 1950
    Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (d. 2006)
  • 1950
    Néstor Kirchner, Argentine politician (d. 2010)
  • 1950
    Neil Jordan, Irish director
  • 1951
    César Cedeño, Dominican baseball player
  • 1951
    Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner
  • 1951
    James Brown, American sportscaster
  • 1952
    Inger Segelström, Swedish politician
  • 1952
    Jerry Chamberlain, American musician
  • 1952
    Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
  • 1953
    José María Aznar, Spanish politician
  • 1953
    Kim Yeong-cheol, South Korean actor
  • 1954
    Gerardo Pelusso, Uruguayan football manager
  • 1954
    John Doe, American musician
  • 1957
    Sérgio Marques, Portuguese politician
  • 1958
    Jeff Fisher, American football coach
  • 1958
    Kurt Rambis, American basketball player and coach
  • 1958
    Panagiotis Beglitis, Greek politician
  • 1959
    Carl Marotte, Canadian actor
  • 1959
    Mike Peters, Welsh musician (The Alarm)
  • 1960
    Stefan Blöcher, German field hockey player
  • 1961
    Chris Pitman, American keyboardist (Guns N' Roses)
  • 1961
    Davey Allison, American race car driver (d. 1993)
  • 1961
    Todd Blackledge, American football player and television color commontator
  • 1962
    Birgit Fischer, German kayaker
  • 1962
    Faron Moller, Canadian-born British computer scientist
  • 1963
    Joseph E. Duncan III, American convicted serial killer and sex offender
  • 1963
    Paul O'Neill, American baseball player
  • 1964
    Don Majkowski, American football player
  • 1964
    Lee Evans, English comedian
  • 1964
    Luigi Troiani, Italian rugby player
  • 1965
    Brian Baker, American guitarist
  • 1965
    Carrot Top, American comedian
  • 1965
    Veronica Webb, American supermodel and actress
  • 1966
    Alexis Denisof, American actor
  • 1966
    Nancy O'Dell, American television personality
  • 1966
    Samantha Phillips, American actress
  • 1966
    Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1966
    Téa Leoni, American actress
  • 1968
    Evridiki, Greek Cypriot singer
  • 1968
    Sandrine Kiberlain, French actress
  • 1969
    Paul Trimboli, Australian soccer player
  • 1970
    Julie Hesmondhalgh, English actress
  • 1971
    Daniel Powter, Canadian musician
  • 1971
    Dave Harris, American disc jockey
  • 1971
    Sean Astin, American actor
  • 1973
    Anson Mount, American actor
  • 1973
    Julio Iglesias, Jr., Spanish singer
  • 1973
    Justin Jeffre, American singer (98 Degrees)
  • 1973
    Normann Stadler, German triathlete
  • 1974
    Divya Bharti, Indian Actress
  • 1975
    Chelsea Handler, American comedian and actress
  • 1976
    Rashida Jones, American actress and musician
  • 1976
    Samaki Walker, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Horace Mui, Chinese vocalist
  • 1977
    Josh Wolff, American footballer
  • 1977
    Sarah Jezebel Deva, English singer
  • 1979
    David Hoflin, Swedish-born Australian Actor
  • 1979
    Jennifer Ferrin, American actress
  • 1980
    Antonio Burks, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Christy Knowings, American actress
  • 1981
    Park Ji-Sung, South Korean footballer
  • 1981
    Shahid Kapoor, Indian actor
  • 1982
    Anton Volchenkov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1982
    Bert McCracken, American singer (The Used)
  • 1982
    Chris Baird, Irish footballer
  • 1982
    Flavia Pennetta, Italian professional tennis player
  • 1982
    Jamie Lynn, American pornographic actress
  • 1982
    Kimberly Caldwell, American reality television personality
  • 1982
    Maria Kanellis, American model and professional wrestler
  • 1982
    Tara Wilson, Canadian actress
  • 1983
    Eduardo da Silva, Brazilian-born Croatian footballer
  • 1984
    Dane Swan, Australian rules footballer
  • 1984
    Logan Leistikow, American documentary filmmaker and comedian
  • 1984
    Lovefoxxx, Brazilian singer (CSS)
  • 1985
    Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • 1985
    Joakim Noah, American basketball player
  • 1986
    Danny Saucedo, Swedish singer
  • 1986
    James Starks, American football player
  • 1986
    James and Oliver Phelps, English actors
  • 1986
    Justin Berfield, American actor
  • 1987
    Andrew Poje, Canadian figure skater
  • 1987
    Eva Avila, Canadian singer
  • 1987
    Justin Abdelkader, American ice hockey player
  • 1987
    Kwaku Afriyie, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1988
    Jimmy Monaghan, Irish musician
  • 1989
    E'Twaun Moore, American basketball player
  • 1989
    Jimmer Fredette, American basketball player
  • 1990
    Alejandra Andreu, Spanish pageant contestant
  • 1990
    Jefferson Alves Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • 1991
    Gerran Howell, Welsh actor
  • 1991
    Tony Oller, American actor
  • 1993
    Christina Kirkman, American actress
  • 1994
    Eugénie Bouchard, Canadian tennis player
  • 1997
    Isabelle Fuhrman, American actress
  • 1998
    Brendon Baerg, American actor

Who Died On February 25?

  • 1246
    Dafydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd
  • 1522
    William Lilye, English classical scholar
  • 1536
    Berthold Haller, German-born reformer (b. 1492)
  • 1553
    Hirate Masahide, Japanese diplomat and tutor of Oda Nobunaga (suicide) (b. 1492)
  • 1558
    Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France (b. 1498)
  • 1601
    Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, English politician (b. 1566)
  • 1634
    Albrecht von Wallenstein, Austrian general (b. 1583)
  • 1643
    Marco da Gagliano, Italian composer (b. 1582)
  • 1655
    Daniel Heinsius, Flemish scholar (b. 1580)
  • 1682
    Alessandro Stradella, Italian composer (b. 1639)
  • 1713
    King Frederick I of Prussia (b. 1657)
  • 1715
    Pu Songling, Chinese writer (b. 1640)
  • 1723
    Sir Christopher Wren, English architect (b. 1632)
  • 1756
    Eliza Haywood, English actress and writer (b. 1693)
  • 1798
    Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (b. 1716)
  • 1805
    Thomas Pownall, British colonial statesman (b. 1722)
  • 1831
    Friedrich Maximilian Klinger, German writer (b. 1752)
  • 1850
    Daoguang, Emperor of China (b. 1782)
  • 1852
    Thomas Moore, Irish poet (b. 1779)
  • 1860
    Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman, educator, and lexicographer (b. 1790)
  • 1899
    Paul Julius Reuter, German-born journalist (b. 1816)
  • 1912
    Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (b. 1852)
  • 1919
    Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)
  • 1922
    Henri Désiré Landru, French serial killer (b. 1869)
  • 1928
    William O'Brien, Irish author, journalist and politician (M.P.) (b. 1852)
  • 1934
    John McGraw, American baseball player and manager (b. 1873)
  • 1945
    Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer and photographer (b. 1893)
  • 1950
    George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
  • 1953
    Sergei Winogradsky, Russian scientist (b. 1856)
  • 1957
    George “Bugs” Moran, American gangster (b. 1893)
  • 1964
    Alexander Archipenko, a Ukrainian avant-garde artist, sculptor, and graphic artist (b. 1887)
  • 1964
    David Logan (politician), a British Labour Party politician (b. 1871)
  • 1964
    Grace Metalious, American writer (b. 1924)
  • 1964
    Hinrich Lohse, a Nazi German politician (b. 1896)
  • 1964
    Johnny Burke (lyricist), (b. 1908)
  • 1964
    Kenneth Lee Spencer, American opera singer and actor (b. 1913)
  • 1964
    Mariano Jesús Cuenco, a Filipino Cebuano politician and writer (b. 1888)
  • 1964
    Maurice Farman, French Grand Prix motor racing champion (b. 1877)
  • 1966
    James D. Norris, American sports businessman (b. 1906)
  • 1970
    Mark Rothko, Latvian-born American painter (b. 1903)
  • 1970
    Walter Koch, German astrologer (b. 1895)
  • 1971
    Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1884)
  • 1975
    Elijah Muhammad, American Black Muslim leader (b. 1897)
  • 1978
    Daniel “Chappie” James Jr., American general (b. 1920)
  • 1983
    Tennessee Williams, American playwright (b. 1911)
  • 1987
    James Coco, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 1993
    Eddie Constantine, American-born actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • 1993
    Mary Walter, Filipino actress (b. 1912)
  • 1994
    Baruch Goldstein, American-born mass murderer (b. 1956)
  • 1994
    Jersey Joe Walcott, American boxer (b. 1914)
  • 1996
    Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian-born actor (b. 1940)
  • 1997
    Cal Abrams, American major league baseball outfielder (b. 1924)
  • 1998
    Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer. (b. 1956)
  • 1999
    Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • 2000
    Luce Maced Martinique supercentenarian
  • 2001
    Sir Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer (b. 1908)
  • 2003
    Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Tom O'Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916)
  • 2004
    Donald Hings, Canadian inventor (b. 1907)
  • 2005
    Ben Bowen, Brain Cancer victim (b. 2002)
  • 2005
    Peter Benenson, English founder of Amnesty International (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Darren McGavin, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Thomas Koppel, Danish musician (b. 1944)
  • 2007
    Mark Spoelstra, American singer/songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2007
    William R. Anderson, American Naval Officer and Congressman (b. 1921)
  • 2008
    Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 2008
    Charles Chan, father of Jackie Chan (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Hans Raj Khanna, Judge of the Supreme Court of India (b. 1912)
  • 2008
    Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • 2009
    Philip José Farmer, American novelist (b. 1918)
  • 2010
    İhsan Doğramacı, Turkish academic and the founder of YÖK (b. 1915)


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