is the 56th day of the year in the February 25 Gregorian calendar. There are 309 days remaining until the end of the year (310 in leap years).
138 - The Emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.
1570 - Pope Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England.
1793 - George Washington holds the first Cabinet meeting as President of the United States.
1797 - Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Last Invasion of Britain
1836 - Samuel Colt receives an American patent for the Colt revolver. 1836 - US Showman
Phineas Taylor Barnum exhibits African American slave Joice Heth.
1837 - First U.S. electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport.
1870 - Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress.
1901 - J.P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.
1912 - Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
1919 - Oregon places a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
1921 - Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, occupied by Bolshevist Russia.
1925 - Glacier Bay National Monument (now Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve) is established in Alaska.
1928 - Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.
1932 - Adolf Hitler obtains the German citizenship by naturalization, opening the opportunity for him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
1933 - The USS is launched, becoming the first custom-built Ranger aircraft carrier.
1941 - February strike: First general & physical protest against Nazi anti-Jewish behaviour & -laws (Amsterdam)
1945 - World War II: Turkey declares war on Germany.
1948 - The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia takes control of government in Czechoslovakia and the period of the Third Republic ends.
1951 - The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1954 - Gamal Abdul Nasser is made premier of Egypt.
1956 - In his speech On the Personality Cult and its Consequences Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounces the actions of Joseph Stalin.
1969 - Germany gives $5 million to an Arab terrorist as ransom for the passengers and crew of a hijacked jumbo jet.
1971 - The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, goes online.
1980 - The Suriname government ( elected after gaining independance from the Netherlands in 1975 ) was overthrown by a military coup which was initiated with the bombing of the police station from an army ship of the coast of the nations capital; Paramaribo
1986 - EDSA Revolution: President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the first Filipino woman president.
1991 - Gulf War: An Iraqi Scud missile hits an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.
1992 - Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan
1994 - Mosque of Abraham massacre: In the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, Dr. Baruch Kappel Goldstein opens fire with an assault rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more before being subdued and beaten to death by survivors. Subsequent rioting kills 26 more Palestinians and 9 Israelis.
2000 - The Swedish political party New Democracy is declared financially bankrupt. 2006 - The world's estimated population reaches 6.5 billion.
1398 - Xuande, Emperor of China (d. 1435)
1591 - Friedrich von Spee, German writer (d. 1635)
1643 - Ahmed II, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1695)
1663 - Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (d. 1718)
1682 - Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (d. 1771)
1692 - Karl Ludwig, German adventurer and writer (d. 1775)
1707 - Carlo Goldoni, Italian writer (d. 1793)
1714 - René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, Chancellor of France (d. 1792) 1714 -
Sir Hyde Parker, British admiral (d. 1782)
1725 - Karl Wilhelm Ramler, German poet (d. 1798)
1752 - John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (d. 1806)
1778 - José de San Martín, Argentine general and liberator of South America (d. 1850)
1841 - Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French painter, graphic artist and sculptor (d. 1919)
1842 - Karl May, German writer (d. 1912)
1845 - George Reid, fourth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1918)
1855 - George Bonnor, Australian cricketer (d. 1912) 1855 -
Cesário Verde, Portuguese poet (d. 1886)
1860 - Sir William Ashley, economic historian (d. 1927)
1873 - Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor (d. 1921)
1877 - Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1935)
1883 - Princess Alice of Albany, Countess of Athlone (d. 1981)
1888 - John Foster Dulles, U.S. Secretary of State (d. 1959)
1889 - Homer S. Ferguson, United States Senator (d. 1982)
1890 - Dame Myra Hess, English pianist (d. 1965) 1890 -
Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet politician (d. 1986)
1895 - Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (d. 1984)
1901 - Zeppo Marx, American actor (d. 1979)
1903 - King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
1908 - Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist (d. 2001)
1910 - Millicent Fenwick, American fashion editor and politician (d. 1992)
1912 - Brenda Joyce, American actress
1913 - Jim Backus, American actor (d. 1989) 1913 -
Gert Fröbe, German actor (d. 1988)
1914 - John Arlott, English cricket journalist (d. 1991)
1916 - Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (d. 1991)
1917 - Anthony Burgess, English author (d. 1993)
1918 - Barney Ewell, American athlete (d. 1996) 1918 -
Bobby Riggs, American tennis player (d. 1995) 1918 -
Rena Kyriakou, Greek pianist (d. 1994)
1919 - Karl H. Pribram, Austrian neuroscientist
1920 - Gérard Bessette, Canadian author (d. 2005)
1921 - Pierre Laporte, Canadian statesman (d. 1970)
1927 - Ralph Stanley, American musician
1928 - Larry Gelbart, American comedy writer
1929 - Christopher George, American actor (d. 1983) 1929 -
Tommy Newsom, American bandleader (d. 2007)
1932 - Faron Young, American singer (d. 1996)
1934 - Bernard Bresslaw, English actor (d. 1993) 1934 -
Tony Lema, American golfer (d. 1966)
1935 - Sally Jessy Raphaël, American talk show host
1937 - Tom Courtenay, English actor 1937 -
Bob Schieffer, American broadcast journalist 1937 -
Barbara Piasecka Johnson, widow of John Seward Johnson I
1938 - Diane Baker, American actress 1938 -
Herb Elliott, Australian runner
1940 - Billy Packer, American sports broadcaster 1940 -
Danny Cater, American baseball player 1940 -
Ron Santo, American baseball player
1942 - Karen Grassle, American actress
1943 - George Harrison, English musician ( The Beatles) (d. 2001) 1943 -
Wilson da Silva Piazza, Brazilian footballer
1945 - Herbert Léonard, French singer 1945 -
Elkie Brooks, English singer
1946 - Franz Xaver Kroetz, German dramatist 1946 -
Jean Todt, French executive director of Scuderia Ferrari
1947 - Lee Evans, American athlete 1947 -
Doug Yule, American bass guitarist ( The Velvet Underground)
1948 - Danny Denzongpa, Indian actor 1948 -
Aldo Busi, Italian writer
1949 - Ric Flair, American professional wrestler
1950 - Neil Jordan, Irish director 1950 -
Néstor Kirchner, President of Argentina 1950 -
Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (d. 2006)
1951 - Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner 1951 -
James Brown, American sportscaster 1951 -
César Cedeño, Dominican baseball player
1952 - Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000) 1952 -
Inger Segelström, Swedish politician
1953 - José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain 1953 -
Kim Yeong-cheol, South Korean actor
1954 - John Doe, American musician
1958 - Kurt Rambis, American basketball player
1959 - Mike Peters, Welsh musician ( The Alarm)
1960 - Tony Grimaud, Maltese-born singer and songwriter 1960 -
Stefan Blöcher, German field hockey player
1961 - Davey Allison, American race car driver (d. 1993) 1961 -
Todd Blackledge, American football player
1962 - Birgit Fischer, German kayaker
1964 - Lee Evans, English comedian 1964 -
Don Majkowski, American football player
1965 - Carrot Top, American comedian
1966 - Alexis Denisof, American actor 1966 -
Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (d. 2003) 1966 -
Téa Leoni, American actress 1966 -
Nancy O'Dell, American reporter and television personality
1968 - Sandrine Kiberlain, French actress 1968 -
Evridiki, Greek Cypriot singer
1969 - Paul Trimboli, Australian soccer player
1970 - Julie Hesmondhalgh, English actress
1971 - Sean Astin, American actor 1971 -
Dave Harris, American disc jockey 1971 -
Daniel Powter, Canadian musician
1973 - Justin Jeffre, American singer ( 98 Degrees) 1973 -
Anson Mount, American actor 1973 -
Julio José Iglesias, Spanish singer
1975 - Chelsea Handler, American comedian and actress 1976 -
Rashida Jones, American actress, writer, model, and musician 1976 -
Chris Pitman, American keyboardist and member of Guns N' Roses
1977 - Sarah Jezebel Deva, English singer 1977 -
Kim Hee-sun, South Korean actress 1977 -
Josh Wolff, American footballer
1980 - Antonio Burks, American basketball player
1981 - Jamie Lynn, American model 1981 -
Shahid Kapoor, Indian actor 1981 -
Park Ji-Sung, South Korean footballer 1981 -
Misty Giles, American beauty queen and Survivor contestant
1982 - Chris Baird, Irish footballer 1982 -
Anton Volchenkov, Russian ice hockey player 1982 -
Bert McCracken, American singer ( The Used) 1982 -
Maria Kanellis, American model and professional wrestler
1983 - Eduardo da Silva, Brazilian-born Croatian footballer
1984 - Logan Leistikow, American director and actor 1984 -
Lovefoxxx, Brazilian singer ( CSS)
1985 - Joakim Noah, American basketball player 1985 -
Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player
1986 - Justin Berfield, American actor 1986 -
James and Oliver Phelps, English actors 1986 -
Danny Saucedo, Swedish singer
1987 - Eva Avila, Canadian singer 1998 - Brendon Baerg, American actor
1246 - Dafydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd
1522 - William Lilye, English classical scholar
1536 - Berthold Haller, German-born reformer (b. 1492)
1553 - Hirate Masahide, Japanese diplomat and tutor of Oda Nobunaga (suicide) (b. 1492)
1558 - Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France (b. 1498)
1577 - King Eric XIV of Sweden (b. 1533)
1601 - Robert Devereux, English politician (b. 1566)
1634 - Albrecht von Wallenstein, Austrian general (b. 1583)
1643 - Marco da Gagliano, Italian composer (b. 1582)
1655 - Daniel Heinsius, Flemish scholar (b. 1580)
1682 - Alessandro Stradella, Italian composer (b. 1639)
1713 - King Frederick I of Prussia (b. 1657)
1715 - Pu Songling, Chinese writer (b. 1640)
1723 - Sir Christopher Wren, English architect (b. 1632)
1756 - Eliza Haywood, English actress and writer (b. 1693)
1798 - Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, French diplomat and writer (b. 1716)
1805 - Thomas Pownall, British colonial statesman (b. 1722)
1831 - Friedrich Maximilian Klinger, German writer (b. 1752)
1850 - Daoguang, Emperor of China (b. 1782)
1852 - Thomas Moore, Irish poet (b. 1779)
1860 - Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman, educator, and lexicographer (b. 1790)
1899 - Paul Julius Reuter, German-born journalist (b. 1816)
1912 - Guillaume IV (b. 1852)
1919 - Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)
1922 - Henri Désiré Landru, French serial killer (b. 1869)
1934 - John McGraw, American baseball player and manager (b. 1873)
1945 - Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer and photographer (b. 1893)
1950 - George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
1953 - Sergei Winogradsky, Russian scientist (b. 1856)
1957 - George "Bugs" Moran, American gangster (b. 1893)
1964 - Grace Metalious, American writer (b. 1924)
1966 - James D. Norris, American sports businessman (b. 1906)
1970 - Mark Rothko, American painter (b. 1903)
1971 - Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1884)
1975 - Elijah Muhammad, American Black Muslim leader (b. 1897)
1978 - Daniel "Chappie" James Jr., American general (b. 1920)
1983 - Tennessee Williams, American playwright (b. 1911)
1987 - James Coco, American actor (b. 1930)
1993 - Eddie Constantine, American-born actor and singer (b. 1917)
1994 - Baruch Goldstein, American-born mass killer (b. 1956) 1994 -
Jersey Joe Walcott, American boxer (b. 1914)
1996 - Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian-born actor (b. 1940)
1999 - Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
2001 - Sir Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer (b. 1908)
2003 - Tom O'Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916) 2003 -
Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (b. 1920)
2004 - Donald Hings, Canadian inventor (b. 1907)
2005 - Peter Benenson, English founder of Amnesty International (b. 1921)
2006 - Darren McGavin, American actor (b. 1922) 2006 -
Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922) 2007 - William R. Anderson, c/o USS Nautilus submarine, US Congressman (b. 1921)
119 Familypedia people were born on February 25
108 Familypedia people died on February 25
98 Familypedia people were first married on February 25