This day in history

Tuesday, Feb. 25, is the 56th day of 2014. There are 309 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Country singer Ralph Stanley is 87. CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 77. Actress Tea Leoni is 48. Comedian-actress Chelsea Handler is 39. Actress Rashida Jones is 38.

In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.


In 1901, United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.

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In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox.

In 1954, Gamal Abdel Nasser became Egypt’s prime minister after the country’s president, Mohammed Naguib, was ousted in a coup.

In 1964, Eastern Airlines Flight 304, a DC-8, crashed shortly after taking off from New Orleans, killing all 58 people on board. Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became the world heavyweight boxing champion as he defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.

In 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.


In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a US barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

In 1994, American-born Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire with an automatic rifle inside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank, killing 29 Muslims. At the Winter Olympics in Norway, Oksana Baiul of Ukraine won the gold medal in ladies’ figure skating while Nancy Kerrigan of Stoneham won the silver and Chen Lu of China the bronze; Tonya Harding of the United States came in eighth.