What Happened on February 25


Historical Events

1862 – First Legal Tender Act 1862 is passed by the US Congress, authorizing the United States Note (greenback) into circulation, the first fiat paper money that was legal tender in America
1940 – 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
1957 – US Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
1963 – Beatles release their 1st US single – “Please Please Me”
1971 – P Zindel’s “And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little” premieres in NYC
2021 – Chinese President Xi Jinping claims the country has eradicated extreme poverty (earning less than US$620 a year), though many observers remain skeptical about the accuracy of Chinese data due to widespread corruption and lack of transparency

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Famous Birthdays

1868 – Anthony John Blok, Dutch lawyer (strafproces), born in Hees, Netherlands (d. 1934)
1902 – Oscar Cullmann, French-Swiss Lutheran theologist (Das Petrusproblem), born in Strasbourg, Germany (d. 1999)
1918 – Bobby Riggs, American tennis player (“The Battle of the Sexes”, US Open 1939, 41), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
1934 – Robert Neame, British brewer (Shepherd Neame)
1947 – Doug Yule, American bassist and singer (Velvet Underground, 1968-73), born in Mineola, Long Island, New York
1986 – Danny Saucedo [Grzechowski], Swedish pop singer-songwriter (“Play It for the Girls”; E.M.D. – “Jennie Let Me Love You”), born in Stockholm, Sweden

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Famous Deaths

779 – Walburgis, Anglo-Saxon abbess and saint (Walpurgis Night), dies
1851 – Ferdinand Simon Gassner, Austrian composer, dies at 53
1957 – Mark Aldanov, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), dies at 70
1967 – Walter “Fats” Pichon American jazz pianist, singer, and big bandleader, dies at 60
2013 – C Everett Koop, American pediatric surgeon, health administrator and 13th US Surgeon General (1982-89), dies at 96
2016 – Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78

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