February 25, 2024 at 9:42 a.m.
Today In History

Today In History – February 25

February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar
In 1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi was sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in Congress. Revels previously lived in Lincolnton, N.C. during the 1840s where he owned and operated a barbershop. A historic marker for him is located on the Court Square in Lincolnton.
In 1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi was sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in Congress. Revels previously lived in Lincolnton, N.C. during the 1840s where he owned and operated a barbershop. A historic marker for him is located on the Court Square in Lincolnton.

There are many events that happened on this date in history. Here are just a few of them!

February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 309 days remain until the end of the year (310 in leap years).

EVENTS

138 – Roman emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius as his son, effectively making him his successor.

1336 – Four thousand defenders of Pilenai commit mass suicide rather than be taken captive by the Teutonic Knights.

1705 – George Frideric Handel's opera Nero premiered in Hamburg.

1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for his revolver firearm.

1870 – Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in Congress.

1932 – Adolf Hitler, having been stateless for seven years, obtains German citizenship when he is appointed a Brunswick state official by Dietrich Klagges, a fellow Nazi. As a result, Hitler is able to run for Reichspräsident in the 1932 election.

1933 – Launch of the USS Ranger at Newport News, Virginia. It is the first purpose-built aircraft carrier to be commissioned by the US Navy.

1951 – The first Pan American Games are officially opened in Buenos Aires by Argentine President Juan Perón.

1956 – In his speech On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences, Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union, denounces Stalin.

2016 – Three people are killed and fourteen others injured in a series of shootings in the small Kansas cities of Newton and Hesston.

BIRTHS

1670 – Maria Margarethe Kirch, German astronomer and mathematician (d. 1720)

1806 – Emma Catherine Embury, American author and poet (d. 1863)

1860 – William Ashley, English historian and academic (d. 1927)

1873 – Enrico Caruso, Italian-American tenor; the most popular operatic tenor of the early 20th century and the first great recording star. (d. 1921)

1885 – Princess Alice of Battenberg, mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (d. 1969)

1888 – John Foster Dulles, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 52nd United States Secretary of State (d. 1959)

1890 – Myra Hess, English pianist and educator (d. 1965)

1901 – Zeppo Marx, American comedian and theatrical agent (d. 1979)

1908 – Frank G. Slaughter, American physician and author (d. 2001)

1913 – Jim Backus, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1989)

1918 – Bobby Riggs, American tennis player (d. 1995)

1927 – Ralph Stanley, American singer and banjo player (d. 2016)

1938 – Diane Baker, American actress and producer

1942 – Karen Grassle, American actress

1943 – George Harrison, English singer-songwriter, guitarist and film producer (d. 2001)

1958 – Kurt Rambis, Greek-American basketball player, coach, and executive

1965 – Carrot Top, American comedian

1971 – Sean Astin, American actor, director and producer

1976 – Rashida Jones, American actress and writer

DEATHS

1805 – Thomas Pownall, English politician, Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (b. 1722)

1822 – William Pinkney, American politician and diplomat, 7th United States Attorney General (b. 1764)

1841 – Philip P. Barbour, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 12th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1783)

1852 – Thomas Moore, Irish poet and lyricist (b. 1779)

1899 – Paul Reuter, German-English journalist and businessman, founded Reuters (b. 1816)

1957 – Bugs Moran, American mob boss (b. 1893)

1983 – Tennessee Williams, American playwright, and poet (b. 1911)

2017 – Bill Paxton, American actor and filmmaker (b. 1955)



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