February 25 Events in History - February 25 Birthdays - February 25 Deaths
2015 Smartflash, a Texas technology licensing company, has won $532.9 million in a lawsuit against Apple for infringement of data management software patents; Apple claims that the patents are invalid and that it never used the technology in question
2014 The Brazilian government plans to cut its spending by almost $19 billion this year in an effort to reduce the country's debt and inflation growth; economists have revised current year GDP and next year's growth forecast downward in recent weeks
2014 Debbie Dingell, wife of U.S. Representative John Dingell, announces her plans to run for her husband's seat after he retires; Rep. Dingell announced his retirement yesterday
2013 Russia enacts a law that bans smoking in schools and on subways
2013 Scientists in Spain publish a study in the 'New England Journal of Medicine' that claims a Mediterranean diets, high in olive oil, nuts, fish and fresh fruits, reduce the risk of heart disease
2012 Treasure from Spain's Navy frigate Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes is returned to Spain after it was recovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration in 2007
2012 The film 'The Artist', wins four awards at the Spirit Awards which honors independent films
2011 Researchers in Fairbanks, Alaska, discover remains of a 3-year old child from the Ice Age and named it Xaasaa Cheege Ts'eniin, 'Upper Sun River Mouth Child'
2011 In China, Jia Qinglin, senior leader of the People's Republic of China, calls for controls over Tibetan Buddhism and a renewed struggle against the Dalai Lama
2010 After being delayed by the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych is sworn in as the 4th President of Ukraine
2007 79th Academy Awards hosted by Ellen DeGeneres in Hollywood
2007 'The Departed' wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards
2005 Radio Canada International celebrates its 60th anniversary
1998 Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges
1998 Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich
1998 40th Grammy Awards, Shawn Colvin, Bob Dylan, Sarah McLachlan, and Elton John win major awards
1996 "Father" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 52 performances
1996 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 16-167 in match Trinidad vs Leeward Is
1995 Bomb attack on train in Assam India (27 soldiers killed)
1995 British heavyweight Nigel Benn hits Gerard McClellan in hospital
1995 Moslem fundamentalists shoot 20 shite mosque goers dead
1995 PBA National Championship Won by Scott Alexander
1994 Israeli extremist Baruch Goldstein massacres 30 Palestinians in Hebron
1994 Peruvian Yak-40 crashes into mountain near Tingo Maria, kills 31
1994 Phil Rizzuto elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1993 "Fool Moon" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater New York City for 207 performances
1993 Florida Marlins introduce their mascot "Billy"
1993 Pakistan all out 43 vs. West Indies, world one-day int record low
1992 34th Grammy Awards: Unforgetable, Marc Cohn wins
1991 Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons vs. Sri Lanka (122 and 100*)
1991 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts
1991 U.S., barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28
1990 Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win the Cricket World Series Cup
1990 Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas
1990 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children and no man can stand her for long
1989 1st independent blue-collar labor union in Communist Hungary forms
1989 Dallas Cowboys' new owner fires 29-year coach Tom Landry
1989 Javed Miandad scores 271 vs. New Zealand at Eden Park
1989 Lowest baramotric pressure in Netherlands (956.7 mbar at De Bilt)
1989 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1988 Bruce Springsteen "Tunnel of Love Tour," begins in Worcester Mass
1988 South Korea adopts constitution
1987 LaMarr Hoyt is banned from baseball for 1987, due to drug abuse
1987 Michael Jordan, scores Chicago Bulls record 58 points in a game
1987 U.S. Supreme Court upholds affirmative action, 5-4
1986 28th Grammy Awards: We Are the World, Sade, Phil Collins wins
1986 Corazon Aquino becomes president of Philippines, Marcos flees
1986 Iran conquerors Iraq peninsula Fao
1986 Thousands of Egyptian military police riot, destroy 2 luxury hotel
1984 Oil fire in Cubatao Brazil kills 500
1982 Final episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" airs
1982 Record speed for a snowmobile (239 kph)
1981 23rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins
1981 Calgary Flames scored 11 goals against the Islanders
1981 L Calvo Sotelo elected premier of Spain
1981 NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 minutes)
1981 New York Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
1981 Rita Jenrette (wife of Abscam congressman) appears on Donahue
1981 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 Executive Board of Baseball Players Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved
1980 Coup ousts Prime Minister Henck Arron of Suriname
1979 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1979 Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched
1978 Botham scores 1st Test Cricket century, 103 vs. New Zealand Christchurch
1977 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts
1977 Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons
1977 Soyuz 24 returns to Earth
1975 Ewen Chatfield flattened by Peter Lever and seriously injured
1974 Veronica and Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975
1973 "Little Night Music" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 601 performances
1973 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 life sentences for 25 murders
1973 Steven Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music," premieres in New York City
1972 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise
1972 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single
1971 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 1,316 performances
1971 P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little," premieres in New York City
1969 Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album
1969 Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
1969 Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
1968 430 Unification Church couples wed in Korea
1968 Makarios re-elected president of Cyprus
1966 Syrian military coup under Hafiz al-Assad
1964 Austrian chancellor Alfons Gorbach resigns
1964 Cassius Clay TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
1963 Beatles release their 1st single in U.S. "Please Please Me"
1962 India Congress Party wins elections
1962 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon
1962 Robert Kennedy visits Netherlands
1961 Niagara ends St. Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
1961 Paul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 m at release to record 14,10
1960 John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos," premieres
1960 Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic," premieres in New York City
1957 Buddy Holly and Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"
1957 Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
1956 Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference
1954 Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
1953 "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 559 performances
1952 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
1951 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden New York City after 278 perf
1951 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)
1951 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
1950 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen
1949 WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
1948 Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C Gottwald becomes premier
1945 U.S. aircraft carriers attack Tokyo
1944 U.S. 1st Army completes invasion plan
1943 Vietminh forms Indo Chinese Democratic Front
1941 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
1941 February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
1940 1st televised (W2XBS, New York City) hockey game (Rangers vs. Canadians)
1939 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden
1938 British Lord Halifax becomes Foreign Minister
1933 1st genuine aircraft carrier christened, USS Ranger
1933 Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yards in, posts on goal line)
1933 Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox
1932 Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship
1930 Check photographing device patented
1930 George Headley completes twin tons in Test Cricket vs. England (114 and 112)
1927 Gdanks and Polish accord concerning traffic through Polish corridor
1926 Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain
1926 Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government/warlords
1925 Glacier Bay National Monument established in Alaska
1925 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran
1925 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
1924 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland High School basketball game (163-3)
1923 Bread in Berlin rises to 2,000 mark
1921 Georgian SSR proclaimed
1919 League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
1919 Oregon is 1st state to tax gasoline (1 cent per gallon)
1916 German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun
1913 16th Amendment ratified, authorizing income tax
1911 Opera "Natoma," premieres in Philadelphia
1910 Dali Lama flees Tibet from Chinese troop to British-Indies
1908 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens
1907 George Bernard Shaw's "Philanderer," premieres in London
1907 U.S. proclaims protectorate over Dominican Republic
1905 Netherlands Workers van Vakverenigingen, (NVV) political party forms
1904 J. M. Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society
1904 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
1901 George Cohan's musical "Governor's Son," premieres in New York City
1901 U.S. Steel Corp organized under J. P. Morgan
1896 Italian government decides to attack governor Baratieri of Eritrea
1892 James Barrie's "Walker London," premieres in London
1885 U.S. Congress condemns barbed wire around government grounds
1879 Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act
1875 Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft. Sill
1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress, Senator-R-Mississippi 1870 - 1871
1863 Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency
1862 Congress forms U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
1862 Paper currency introduced in U.S. by President Abraham Lincoln
1859 1st use of "insanity plea" to prove innocence
1847 State University of Iowa is approved
1839 Seminoles and black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Florida, to West
1838 London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
1837 1st U.S. electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport
1836 Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm
1830 Victor Hugo's "Hernani" premieres in Paris
1828 John Quincy Adam's son John marries in White House
1804 Jefferson nominated for president at Democratic-Republican caucus
1803 1,800 sovereign German states unite into 60 states
1799 1st federal forestry legislation authorizes purchase of timber land
1799 Congress passes 1st federal quarantine legislation
1793 1st cabinet meeting at George Washington's home
1791 1st Bank of U.S. chartered
1751 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, New York City (admission 1cent)
1746 Cumberlands troops occupy Aberdeen
1667 Abraham Crijnssens fleet reach Fort Willoughby on Suriname River
1643 Dutch U.S. colonists kill Algonquin-indians
1634 Irish captain Walter Devereaux kills duke Wallenstein
1623 Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria becomes monarch of Palts
1605 Portuguese garrison on Ambon surrenders to Admiral Van der Haghen
1570 Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth, absolves her subjects from allegiance
1540 Francisco V squez de Coronado searches for 7 cities of Cibola Mexico
1502 Austrian emperor Maximilian I reformats government machine
1497 Italians troops reconquer Taranto on France
1358 Dalmatie flees Venice
1095 Council of Rockingham: bishop Anselmus vs King William II Rufus