Today is Saturday, February 25th, the 56th day in 2023. There are 309 days left in this year.
Today’s historical highlights:
On February 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach to become the world heavyweight boxing champion.
In 1901, US Steel Corp. was incorporated by JP Morgan.
In 1913, Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox proclaimed the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving Congress power to levy and collect income taxes.
In 1919, Oregon became the first state to impose a tax of 1 cent per gallon on gasoline.
In 1954, after Egyptian President Mohammed Naguib was effectively ousted in a coup, Gamal Abdel Nasser became Prime Minister of Egypt.
In 1957, the Supreme Court in Butler v. Michigan overturned a Michigan law making it a misdemeanor to sell a book containing obscene language that tends to undermine the “morality of youth.”
In 1973, Stephen Sondheim’s musical A Little Night Music premiered on Broadway at the Schubert Theatre.
In 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule following corrupt elections. Corazon Aquino becomes president.
In 1991, during the Gulf War, an Iraqi Scud missile hit a US barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 28 Americans.
In 1994, American-born Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein was beaten to death by worshipers after opening fire with an automatic rifle inside the West Bank Patriarch’s grave, killing 29 Muslims. .
In 1997, a Pennsylvania media jury convicted chemical estate heiress John E. DuPont of third-degree murder. (Dupont died in prison in December 2010 while he was serving his 30-year sentence from 13 years. He was 72 years old.)
In 2010, Canadian women defeated the United States 2-0 in Vancouver to win their third consecutive Olympic hockey title.
In 2020, US health officials warned that the coronavirus was certain to spread more widely in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged Americans to prepare.President Donald Trump speaks in India, says virus is ‘very well under control’ in US
10 Years Ago: High-Risk Civil Litigation Begins in New Orleans to Determine Exactly How Much BP and Others Should Pay for the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and to Determine Liability it was done. (U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled in September 2014 that BP acted with “gross negligence.” BP entered into a record $20 billion settlement with the federal government and five Gulf states. Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, 96, dies in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Five years ago: China’s official news agency said the country’s ruling Communist Party had proposed removing term limits for China’s president, laying the groundwork for Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. It seems..) Students at a Florida high school where 17 classmates and staff were killed panicked during the shooting and returned to collect their abandoned belongings.The Winter Olympics in South Korea , ended with North and South Korean officials sharing a VIP box with U.S. presidential adviser and eldest daughter Ivanka Trump at the closing ceremony.
A year ago: President Joe Biden nominated Federal Court of Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first black woman elected to the Supreme Court. (She was due to be confirmed by the Senate on her April 7th.) As Russian forces loomed over the Ukrainian capital, gunfire and explosions resonated closer and closer to government districts, and an invasion of a democratic country began. It fueled and triggered the horrors of a wider war in Europe. A global effort to stop Russia.
Birthdays today: Actor Anne McCrea is 92, actor Tom Courtenay is 86, former CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 86, actor Diane Baker is 85, and actor Karen Glasl is At 81, former talk show host Sally Jesse Raphael is 81 and former professional wrestler Ric Flair humorist Jack Handy is 74. Film director Neil Jordan is 73 years old. Rock singer, musician and actor John Doe (X) is 70 years old. Rock musician Dennis Dicken (The Smithereens) is 66 years old. Rock singer and musician Mike Peters (The Alarm) Comedian Carrot Top, 58, model and actor Veronica Webb, 58, actor Alexis Denisof, 57, actor Téa Leoni, 57, actor Leslie Boone is 55, actor Sean Astin is 52, singer Daniel Powter is 52, Latin singer Julio Iglesias Jr. is 50, R&B singer Justin Jeffrey is 50, actor Anson Mount is 50, comedian actor Chelsea Handler is 48, actor Rashida Jones is 47, country singer Shauna Thompson (Thompson Square) is 45, and actor Justin Barfield is 37. Actors James and Oliver Phelps (“Harry Potter” movies) are 37 years old. Actor Jameela J amil is 37 years old. Rock musician Erik Haager (Carolina Liar) is 36 years old.