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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for February 25th

  • Year 138 » The Roman emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.
  • Year 493 » Odoacer surrenders Ravenna after a 3-year siege and agrees to a mediated peace with Theodoric the Great.
  • Year 628 » Khosrau II is overthrown by his son Kavadh II.
  • Year 1336 » 4,000 defenders of Pilėnai commit mass suicide rather than be taken captive by the Teutonic Knights.
  • Year 1570 » Pope Pius V Excommunication e.g excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England.
  • Year 1797 » Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Battle of Fishguard called Last invasion of Britain.
  • Year 1821 » Greek War of Independence: Alexander Ypsilantis issues a proclamation at Iași, announcing that he had "the support of a great power" (i.e. Russia).
  • Year 1831 » Battle of Olszynka Grochowska, part of Polish November Uprising against Russian Empire.
  • Year 1836 » Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt Firearms named Colt revolver.
  • Year 1843 » Provisional Cession of the Hawaiian or Sandwich Islands established by Lord George Paulet.
  • Year 1856 » A Congress of Paris (1856) or Peace conference opens in Paris after the Crimean War.
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1870 » Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican Party (United States) named Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the Congress of the United States or U.S. Congress.
  • Year 1901 » J. P. Morgan incorporates the U.S. Steel called United States Steel Corporation.
  • Year 1912 » Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duke of Luxembourg Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
  • Year 1916 » World War I: the Germans capture Fort Douaumont during the Battle of Verdun.
  • Year 1919 » Oregon places a one cent per U.S. gallon gasoline tax named tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
  • Year 1921 » Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, is Soviet invasion of Georgia called occupied by Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic called Bolshevist Russia.
  • Year 1928 » Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.
  • Year 1932 » Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
  • Year 1933 » The USS Ranger CV-4 6 is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.
  • Year 1941 » February Strike: In History of the Netherlands (1939-1945) German occupation known as occupied Amsterdam, a general strike is declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.
  • Year 1945 » World War II: Turkey declares war on Germany.
  • Year 1947 » The State of Prussia ceases to exist.
  • Year 1951 » The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Year 1954 » Gamal Abdel Nasser is made premier of Egypt.
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1964 » U.S. Air Force launches a satellite employing a US Air Force Atlas/Agena combination from Vandenberg AFB Space Launch Complex 4 known as Point Arguello (LC-2-3) in California and from Cape Kennedy in Florida.
  • Year 1964 » North Korean Prime Minister Kim Il-sung calls for the removal of Feudalism called feudalistic land ownership aimed at turning all cooperative farms into state-run ones.
  • Year 1971 » The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, goes online.
  • Year 1991 » Gulf War: An Iraqi scud missile hits an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 United States Army Reserve e.g U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.
  • Year 1991 » The Warsaw Pact is declared disbanded.
  • Year 1992 » Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians are killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
  • Year 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 people or Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more before being subdued and beaten
  • Year 1997 » Yi Han-yong, North Korean defector was murdered by unidentified assailants in Bundang, South Korea.
  • Year 2009 » Members of the Border Guards Bangladesh named Bangladesh Rifles 2009 Bangladesh Rifles revolt named mutiny at their headquarters in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh, resulting in 74 deaths, including more than 50 army officials.

World History for the Month of February