Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on February 25? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 25: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 25 is the 56th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 309 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 12, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,487,980,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontahexagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 359 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,527 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 25 Historical Events

  • 1836
    Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
  • 1843
    Provisional Cession of the Hawaiian or Sandwich Islands established by Lord George Paulet.
  • 1947
    The State of Prussia ceases to exist.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: 135 unarmed citizens of Ha My village in South Vietnam’s Quảng Nam Province are killed and buried en masse by South Korean troops in what would come to be known as the Ha My massacre.
  • 1992
    Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians are killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan

Who were born on February 25?

  • 1398
    Emperor Xuande of China (d. 1435)
  • 1908
    Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist (d. 2001)
  • 1935
    Sally Jessy Raphaël, American talk show host
  • 1950
    Neil Jordan, Irish director
  • 1969
    Paul Trimboli, Australian soccer player

Who died on February 25?

  • 1601
    Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, English politician (b. 1566)
  • 1805
    Thomas Pownall, British colonial statesman (b. 1722)
  • 1971
    Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1884)
  • 1993
    Eddie Constantine, American-born actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • 1996
    Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian-born actor (b. 1940)

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