Events - February 25
1836 - Sure as shootin’, Samuel Colt received a patent for a pistol that used a revolving cylinder containing powder and bullets in six individual tubes. (Pre-assembled loads [cartridges] came later.) Up to that time, the single-shot flintlock pistol had been the fastest firearm around. Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1855 and some 30 million Colt pistols and rifles have been sold since.
1924 - Ty Cobb, one of the legends of baseball, issued an edict to his team, the Detroit Tigers, that outlawed the playing of golf during training camp. A report in the Detroit Free Press said that Cobb went so far as to confiscate players’ golf clubs! Wow! Talk about being a little ‘teed off’, huh?
1928 - The Federal Radio Commission issued the first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC. The first commercial TV license was issued in 1941.
1940 - The first televised hockey game was broadcast. The New York Rangers whipped the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden on W2XBS-TV in New York City. The Rangers won, 6-2.
1948 - Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia. Clement Gottwald became the new premier.
1953 - The musical, "Wonderful Town", opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. The show was based on the book, "My Sister Eileen", and ran for 559 performances.
1957 - Buddy Holly and The Crickets traveled to Clovis, NM, to record "That’ll Be the Day" (one of the classics of rock ’n’ roll) and "I’m Looking for Someone to Love". Both songs were released on Brunswick Records in May of that year.
1963 - "Please Please Me" was the second record released in the U.S. by The Beatles. Some labels carried a famous misprint, making it an instant, and valuable, collector’s item. The label listed the group as The Beattles.
1964 - Twenty-two-year old Cassius Clay won the world heavyweight boxing title by defeating Sonny Liston in the seventh round in Miami, FL. Clay had been an 8-1 underdog. In fact, only 8,297 fans showed up for the bout.
1966 - Nancy Sinatra was high-stepping with a gold record award for the hit, "These Boots are Made for Walkin’". When she cracked open the wooden-framed award to check out the gold disk inside, she heard "Pink Shoe Laces" by Dodie Stevens. Nancy was reported to have been incensed.
1972 - Germany gave in to ransom demands from the Arab terrorist hijackers of a jumbo jet and paid $5 million for the release of its passengers.
1976 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could ban the hiring of illegal aliens.
1981 - Christopher Cross won five Grammy Awards at ceremonies in Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He was awarded the Album of the Year award for "Christopher Cross" and his hit, "Sailing", won for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Christopher was also voted Best New Artist of 1980. All in all, a very good night for Mr. Cross...
1984 - "Ironweed", by William P. Kennedy, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction this day. The novel, about a man trying to make peace with the ghosts of his past -- and present, also captured the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. ("Ironweed" was made into a movie in 1987, directed by Hector Babenco, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.)
1984 - Michael Spinks defeated Eddie Davis in a unanimous decision to retain the light heavyweight championship; in 12 rounds in Atlantic City, NJ.
1986 - "We are the World" captured four Grammy Awards. The song, featuring more than 40 superstar artists gathered at one time, was awarded the Top Song, Record of the Year, Best Pop Performance and Best Short Video Awards.
1989 - Mike Tyson stoppped (knocked out) Frank Bruno in the fifth round in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson was the WBA, WBC & IBF Undisputed World Heavyweight Champ.
1993 - The Florida Marlins baseball team introduced their mascot, Billy the Marlin. According to Billy’s Web page (web7.sportsline.com/u/baseball/flamarlins/kids/billyhome.htm), Billy’s favorite movie is "A Fish Called Wanda" and his favorite TV show is "Flipper".
1995 - Madonna’s "Take a Bow" became the #1 single in the U.S. The smash hit was number one for seven weeks: “Take a bow, the night is over; This masquerade is getting older; Lights are low, the curtains down; There’s no one here.”
1998 - Bob Dylan won best album (and best contemporary folk album) for Time Out of Mind at the 40th annual Grammy Awards. Shawn Colvin won song and record of the year for Sunny Came Home.
2000 - "Reindeer Games" debuted in theatres across the U.S. The action-thriller stars Ben Affleck, Rudy Duncan, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron and Dennis Farina.
2001 - The Chinese-language film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became the most lucrative foreign movie in U.S. history.
2005 - Wichita, Kansas police arrested Dennis Rader, a 59-year-old city worker at his suburban home in Park City. He was the notorious BTK (bind, torture, kill) serial killer who killed ten people, terrorizing Wichita in the 1970s. (Rader was sentenced Aug 18, 2005 to ten consecutive life sentences.)
2009 - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar cancelled leases, created under the Bush administration, on federal land for oil-shale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Salazar said the Bush royalty rates would shortchange taxpayers.
Birthdays - February 25
1841 - Pierre-August Renoir (Impressionist artist: A Waitress at Duval’s Restaurant, Le Moulin de la Galette, Oarsman at Chatou, The Bathers; died Dec 3, 1919)
1873 - Enrico Caruso (world famous Italian tenor: Canio in Pagliacci, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Metropolitan Opera debut in Rigoletto; sang nearly 70 roles; appeared in nearly every country of Europe and North and South America; made some 290 commercially released recordings [1902-1920]; his Vesti la giubba from Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci was the first sound recording to sell a million copies; died Aug 2, 1921)
1901 - Zeppo (Herbert) Marx (comedian: Marx Brothers: Animal Crackers, Duck Soup, Monkey Business, The Cocoanuts, Horse Feathers; died Nov 30, 1979)
1904 - Adelle Davis (nutritionist: author: Let’s Get Well, Let’s Cook it Right, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit, Let’s Have Healthy Children; died May 31, 1974)
1910 - Millicent Fenwick (human rights activist; U.S. congresswoman; died Sep 16, 1992)
1913 - Jim (James Gilmore) Backus (actor: voice of Mr. Magoo; Gilligan’s Island, I Married Joan, Blondie, The Great Lover, Rebel Without a Cause, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Angel’s Brigade; first host of TV's Talent Scouts; died July 3, 1989)
1916 - Ralph Baldwin (horse trainer, driver: won Trotter Triple Crown: horse: Speedy Scot ; died Sep 26, 1982)
1917 - (John) Anthony Burgess (Wilson) (author: A Clockwork Orange, Any Old Iron; died Nov 25, 1993)
1918 - Bobby (Robert Larrimore) Riggs (Larimore) (tennis: champ: Wimbledon Men’s Singles , U.S. Open Men’s Singles [1939, 1941]; died Oct 25, 1995)
1922 - ‘Texas Rose’ Bascom (Flynt) (National Cowgirl Hall of Famer: trick roper; died Sep 23, 1993)
1925 - (Elsie) Lisa Kirk (singer, actress: The Producers, Gypsy; died Nov 11, 1990)
1925 - Bert Remsen (actor: McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville, Dick Tracy, It’s a Living, Dallas; died Apr 22, 1999)
1927 - René Thomas (jazz guitarist: LPs: Guitar Groove, Who Cares?, The Italian Session; “A musician for musicians.”; died Jan 3, 1975)
1928 - Larry Gelbart (Emmy Award-winning producer: M*A*S*H [1973-74]; writer: Your Show of Shows, The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom; died Sep 11, 2009)
1929 - Tommy Newsom (musician: tenor sax; arranger, composer, back-up conductor: NBC’s Tonight Show band; died Apr 28, 2007)
1932 - Faron Young (country singer: Hello Walls; actor: The Young Sheriff, Daniel Boone Hidden Guns; founder/publisher: Music City News magazine [Nashville]; died Dec 10, 1996)
1934 - Linda Cristal (Marta Victoria Moya Burges) (actress: Hughes & Harlow: Angels in Hell, The Dead Don’t Die, The High Chaparral)
1934 - Tony Lema (golf: British Open Champion ; killed in plane crash July 24, 1966)
1935 - Sally Jessy Raphael (Sally Lowenthal) (TV talk-show host: Sally Jessy Raphaël)
1937 - Tom Courtenay (actor: The Dresser, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, King Rat, Doctor Zhivago, The Last Butterfly)
1937 - Bob Schieffer (reporter: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram; news anchor: at WBAP-TV [Dallas], CBS News)
1939 - Denny (Denver Clayton) Lemaster (baseball: pitcher: Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1967], Houston Astros, Montreal Expos)
1940 - Ron (Ronald Edward) Santo (baseball: Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1963-1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974], Chicago White Sox; died Dec 3, 2010)
1942 - Carl Eller (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Minnesota Vikings defensive end: Super Bowl IV, VIII, IX, XI)
1942 - Karen Grassle (actress: Little House on the Prairie, President’s Mistress, Harry’s War, Wyatt Earp)
1943 - George Harrison (former Beatle [see Feb 24, 1943]; died Nov 29, 2001)
1944 - Matt Guokas (basketball: Philadelphia 76ers; Cleveland Cavaliers TV color analyst, CBS sports analyst)
1947 - Lee Evans (National Track and Field and Olympic Hall of Famer: set a world record for the 400-meter run at Mexico City Games: 43.86 seconds at an altitude over 1,000 meters )
1951 - Cesar (Encarnacion) Cedeno (baseball: Houston Astros [all-star: 1972-1974, 1976], Cincinnati Reds, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1985], LA Dodgers)
1957 - Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood (musician: guitar: group: Bay City Rollers: Saturday Night, Bye Bye Baby, Give Me a Little Love)
1966 - Téa Leoni (actress: Jurassic Park III, Santa Barbara, Wyatt Earp, Deep Impact)
1971 - Sean Astin (actor: The Goonies, The B.R.A.T. Patrol, The War of the Roses, Encino Man, Bulworth, Icebreaker, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
1976 - Rashida Jones (actress: Parks and Recreation, Social Network, Monogamy, The Big Year, Friends With Benefits, Our Idiot Brother, Our Thirties)
1979 - David Hoflin (actor: Ocean Girl, Neighbours, Swimming Upstream, Good Vibrations, Death in Brunswick, Breakaway, A Cry in the Dark)
1986 - Jameela Jamil (actress: The Good Place, Animals, Mira, Royal Detective)
1997 - Hideki Matsuyama (golf pro: won Asian Amateur Championship [2010, 2011]; five-time PGA Tour winner, eight-time Japan Golf Tour winner; 2017 U.S. Open runner-up)
Chart Toppers - February 25
Besame Mucho - The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen
My Heart Tells Me - The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird)
Shoo, Shoo, Baby - The Andrews Sisters
Ration Blues - Louis Jordan
Cry - Johnnie Ray
Slowpoke - Pee Wee King
Anytime - Eddie Fisher
Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell
The Theme from "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith
Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
What in the World’s Come Over You - Jack Scott
He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves
Love is Blue - Paul Mauriat
(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls - Dionne Warwick
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Skip a Rope - Henson Cargill
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
Theme from S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage
Love Machine (Part 1) - The Miracles
Good Hearted Woman - Waylon & Willie
Jump - Van Halen
99 Luftballons - Nena
Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Stay Young - Don Williams
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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