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138The Emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.

1570Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth I, absolves her subjects from allegiance

1804Thomas Jefferson nominated for US President at Democratic-Republican caucus

1830Victor Hugo's "Hernani" premieres in Paris

1836Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm

1862Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by Pres Abraham Lincoln

1870Hiram R. Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)

1907George Bernard Shaw's "Philanderer," premieres in London

1926Francisco Franco becomes the youngest General in Spain

1932Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship

1950"Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen

1956Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference

1957Buddy Holly & Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"

1962robert kennedy visits Netherlands

1964Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for his first world heavyweight championship title

1972Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single

1977New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

198123rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins

1989Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1991Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky & John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts

On This Day In History
Date Event
Feb 25, 138
The Emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor. 
Feb 25, 1095
Council of Rockingham: bishop Anselmus vs King William II Rufus 
Feb 25, 1358
Dalmatie flees Venice 
Feb 25, 1497
Italians troops reconquer Taranto on France 
Feb 25, 1502
Austrian emperor Maximilian I reformats government machine 
Feb 25, 1540
Francisco Vázquez de Coronado searches for 7 cities of Cibola Mexico 
Feb 25, 1570
Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth I, absolves her subjects from allegiance 
Feb 25, 1605
Portuguese garrison on Ambon surrenders to Admiral Van der Haghen 
Feb 25, 1623
Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria becomes monarch of Palts 
Feb 25, 1634
Irish captain Walter Devereaux kills duke Wallenstein 
Feb 25, 1643
Dutch US colonists kill Algonquin-indians 
Feb 25, 1667
Abraham Crijnssens fleet reach Fort Willoughby on Suriname River 
Feb 25, 1746
Cumberlands troops occupy Aberdeen 
Feb 25, 1751
1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent) 
Feb 25, 1791
1st Bank of US chartered 
Feb 25, 1793
1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington's home) 
Feb 25, 1795
French Politician and Educator Joseph Lakanal, defines on behalf of the French Revolution an "educational utopia" aiming to "put an end to inequalities of development that affected a citizen's capacities for judgment." 
Feb 25, 1797
Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Last Invasion of Britain 
Feb 25, 1799
1st federal forestry legislation authorizes purchase of timber land 
Feb 25, 1799
Congress passes 1st federal quarantine legislation 
Feb 25, 1803
1,800 sovereign German states unite into 60 states 
Feb 25, 1804
Thomas Jefferson nominated for US President at Democratic-Republican caucus 
Feb 25, 1830
Victor Hugo's "Hernani" premieres in Paris 
Feb 25, 1836
Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm 
Feb 25, 1836
US Showman Phineas Taylor Barnum exhibits African American slave Joice Heth. 
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