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This Day in History – February 25

This Day In History1751—1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)

 
1793—1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington’s home)
 
1799—1st federal forestry legislation authorizes purchase of timber land.
 
1804—Thomas Jefferson nominated for US President at Democratic-Republican caucus
 
1836—Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multi-shot firearm.
 
1837—1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport.
 
1847—State University of Iowa is approved.
 
1862—Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by President Abraham Lincoln.
 
1870—Hiram R. Revels, is sworn in as 1st African American member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)
 
1879—Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act.
 
1885—US Congress condemns barbed wire around government grounds.
 
1901—US Steel Corp organized under J.P. Morgan.
 
1908—1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens.
 
1913—The 16th Amendment to the Constitution becomes law, providing the legal basis for the institution of a graduated income tax.
 
1919—Oregon is 1st state to tax gasoline (1 cent per gallon)
 
1930—Check photographing device patented.
 
1933—Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox.
 
1945—US Aircraft carriers attack Tokyo.
 
1953—“Wonderful Town” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 performances.
 
1957—Buddy Holly & Crickets record “That’ll Be the Day”
 
1963—Beatles release their 1st single in US “Please Please Me”
 
1964—Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for his first world heavyweight championship title.
 
1969—Pension plan for baseball is agreed to .
 
1971—“Oh! Calcutta!” opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 1,316 performances.
 
1977—New Orleans’  Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 points.
 
1981—Executive Board of Baseball Players’ Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29.
 
1982—Final episode of “The Lawrence Welk Show” airs.
 
1987—US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action.
 
1991—US barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28.
 
1998—Switzerland’s 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich.
 
2012—Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79.
 
2013–Cuban President Raul Castro announces he will not seek another term in 2018.
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