Today In History, 25 February

Historical Events On This Day

  • In 1570, Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England from the Roman Catholic Church.
  • In 1836, American inventor Samuel Colt patented the first revolver.
  • In 1910, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet to India to escape Chinese troops.
  • In 1956, Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev denounced Joseph Stalin at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • In 1986, Corazon Aquino became the Philippines’ first woman president after the fleeing of President Ferdinand Marcos.

Sports Events Today

  • In 1964, Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston to become the world heavyweight champion.
  • In 2018, Marit Bjoergen of Norway became the most successful winter athlete of all time (15 medals) with gold in the 30k cross country at the Winter Olympics.

Art and Culture Events Today

  • In 1995, iconic American singer Frank Sinatra performed for the final time before a live audience of 1200 select guests.
  • In 2007, Martin Scorsese won Best Director, Forest Whitaker best actor and Helen Mirren Best Actor female actor Oscars at the Academy Awards.

Notable Deaths On This Day

Sr NoDeath YearPersonality
11899Paul Reuter, German-born British entrepreneur who founded the Reuters news agency and was a pioneer of telegraphy and news reporting
21950George Minot, American medical researcher and physician who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1934 for his work on the treatment of pernicious anemia with liver therapy
32001Don Bradman, Australian cricketer who’s widely considered the greatest batsman of all time
42017Bill Paxton, American actor and director known for his roles in films such as Aliens, Twister and Titanic

Famous Birthdays On This Day

Sr NoBirth YearPersonality
11841Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French artist and one of the leading figures of the Impressionist movement
21884Ravishankar Vyas, Indian independence activist, social worker
31917Anthony Burgess, English writer and composer known for his novel “A Clockwork Orange”
41943George Harrison was an English musician, singer-songwriter, and lead guitarist of the Beatles
51948Danny Denzongpa, Indian actor, singer, and film director who has appeared in over 200 Bollywood films and is known for his versatile villainous roles
61949Ric Flair, retired American professional wrestler in WWE known for his flamboyant and brash persona
71971Sean Astin, American actor and filmmaker known for playing Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings films
81981Shahid Kapoor, Indian actor known for his films Kaminey, Kabir Singh and Padmaavat