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25th February

1570 Elizabeth I, queen of England, was excommunicated by Pope Pius V.

1723 Sir Christopher Wren, the English architect of St Pauls, died.

1836 Samuel Colt patented the first revolving barrel multi-shot firearm.

1862 Green paper dollars were introduced by Abraham Lincoln during American Civil War.

1870 Hiram Revels became the first black United States senator.

1901 * Zeppo (Herbert) Marx, youngest of the famous Marx brothers.

1913 Federal Income Tax was introduced in the US.

1937 * Tom Courtenay, English stage actor who starred in the film The Dresser (1987).

1941 * David Puttnam, English film producer who was responsible for Chariots of Fire.

1943 * George Harrison, former member of the pop group The Beatles.

1946 Bananas went on sale in Britain for the first time.

1948 Communists took control of the government in Czechoslovakia.

1955 Britain's largest ever aircraft carrier, the Ark Royal, was completed,

1956 In a sensational speech to the Communist Party, the Soviet President denounced Joseph Stalin as a brutal despot.

1964 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) beat Sonny Liston by a knockout to become world heavyweight boxing champion.

1983 Tennessee Williams, American playwright, died.

1986 The new Philippines president Corazon Aquino was sworn in today, bringing to an end 20 years of dictatorship under Ferdinand Marcos.

1990 The American 50's pop singer, Johnny Ray, died.

1994 A Jewish doctor Baruch Goldstein, opens fire on Palestinians praying at a mosque in Hebron, killing up to 30 people.

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