Thursday, February 25, 2016

Today in History: Thursday, February 25, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Feb. 25, 1948, Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
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On this date in:
1570Pope Pius V excommunicated England's Queen Elizabeth I.
1836Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.
1870Hiram Revels, a Mississippi Republican, was sworn in as the first black member of the U.S. Senate.
1901United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
1913The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect.
1943Beatles guitarist George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England.
1950"Your Show of Shows" debuted on NBC.
1956Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev harshly criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.
1964Cassius Clay (who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali) became the world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.
1983Playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead at age 71.
1986President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election. Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.
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1990Nicaraguans voted in an election that led to victory for opponents of the ruling Sandinistas.
1991An Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 28 Americans during the Persian Gulf War.
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1999A jury in Jasper, Texas, sentenced white supremacist John William King to death for the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., an African-American man.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation") turns 40 years old today.
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Monte IrvinBaseball Hall of Famer97
Bob SchiefferBroadcast journalist79
Karen GrassleActress ("Little House on the Prairie")74
Jack HandeyAuthor, former TV writer ("Saturday Night Live")67
Jeff FisherFootball coach58
Veronica WebbActress51
Alexis DenisofActor ("Angel")50
Tea LeoniActress50
Carrot TopComedian49
Sean AstinActor ("Lord of the Rings" movies)45
Julio Iglesias Jr.Singer43
Comedian Chelsea Handler turns 41 years old today.
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