On This Day in History, February 25

Normally on this date in Brazil, the Carnival festival sees up to 2 million people participating in the event. It’s the world’s biggest festival! Looking forward to learning events that have happened on this day in history? We’ve prepared an incredible list to help sharpen your history knowledge.

  • 1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment, which paved the way for the United States adoption of income tax, was ratified.
  • 1919 – The state of Oregon became the first state to impose a 1 percent tax on gasoline.
  • 1926 – Francisco Franco became Spain’s youngest general at 33.
  • 1930 – Check photographing device was patented.
  • 1932 – Austrian immigrant Adolf Hitler got German citizenship.
  • 1949 -Robert Mitchum was released from prison at the end of his two-month sentence for marijuana possession.
  • 1962 – Robert F. Kennedy visited the Netherlands.
  • 1982 – The European Court of Human Rights ruled that beating school-going children against their parents’ wishes is a violation of the Human Rights Convention.
  • 1984 – A huge explosion in Brazil destroyed the shanty town, killing at least 500 people, mostly young children.
  • 1986 – Corazon Aquino became the President of the Philippines.
  • 1998 – Pamela Lee had her husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges.
  • 2005 – Dennis Rader was arrested for the serial killings that terrorized Wichita, Kansas.
  • 2008 – An influential group of Muslim theologians in India denounced terrorism, saying it is against the teachings of Islam.
  • 2009 – Attorney-General Eric Holder announced the arrest of more than seven hundred and fifty people on narcotics-related charges.
  • 2012 – World Health Organization removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries.
  • 2013 – Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Scottish Roman Catholic church in the United Kingdom, resigned over allegations of inappropriate behavior with priests during the 1980s.
  • 2014 – US president Barack Obama shared with Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai the United States’ potential plans to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
  • 2016 -Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller were honored for their work in promoting awareness of and fundraising for Alzheimer’s research.
  • 2018 -China briefly banned the letter ‘N’ as part of widespread censorship efforts.
  • 2021 -Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed the country had eradicated extreme poverty.

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