Today in History: Feb. 25

FILE - This Feb. 20, 2011 file photo shows Mount Vernon, the home of America's first president, Gen. George Washington in Mt. Vernon, Va. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
On Feb. 25, 1793, President George Washington held the first Cabinet meeting on record at his Mount Vernon home; attending were Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of War Henry Knox and Attorney General Edmund Randolph. FILE – This Feb. 20, 2011 file photo shows Mount Vernon, the home of America’s first president, Gen. George Washington in Mt. Vernon, Va. Vernon estate is reopening its Blue Room to visitors. The estate announced Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 that the room will reopen to visitors on Oct. 7 after undergoing a major restoration. The room is one of six bedrooms on the second floor of the mansion on the banks of the Potomac River in northern Virginia. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE-- These handguns reflect the evolution of Samuel Colt's revolver. Colt's invention was the first practical revolving firearm. The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn., is opening an exhibition titled "Sam and Elizabeth: Legend and Legacy of the Colt Empire," Sunday, Sept. 8 , 1996.  (AP Photo/File)
In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver. FILE– These handguns reflect the evolution of Samuel Colt’s revolver. Colt’s invention was the first practical revolving firearm. (AP Photo/File) (AP/Anonymous)
Sonny Liston, right, ducks low and weaves to escape a punch from Cassius Clay's cocked right fist during the 5th round of the heavyweight title fight in Miami Beach, Florida, February 25, 1964.  Clay won on a seventh round technical knockout. (AP Photo/stf)

In 1964, Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became world heavyweight boxing champion as he defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. (AP Photo/stf) (AP)

FILE - This Nov. 11, 1940 file photo shows playwright Tennessee Williams at his typewriter in New York.  Williams’ “The Eye That Saw Death,” will appear in the spring issue of The Strand Magazine.   “The Eye That Saw Death” has a fable-like quality even as its plot recalls Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”  (AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File)
In 1983, playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead in his New York hotel suite; he was 71. This Nov. 11, 1940 file photo shows playwright Tennessee Williams at his typewriter in New York (AP/Dan Grossi)
Students hand flowers to soldiers during the 30th anniversary celebration of the "People Power Revolution" that toppled the 20-year-rule of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and helped install Corazon "Cory" Aquino to the presidency Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. The four-day People Power saw hundreds of thousands of Filipinos trooping to EDSA Avenue fronting two military camps to lend support to mutinous soldiers who broke away from Marcos.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
On Feb. 25, 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency. Students hand flowers to soldiers during the 30th anniversary celebration of the “People Power Revolution” that toppled the 20-year-rule of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and helped install Corazon “Cory” Aquino to the presidency Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. The four-day People Power saw hundreds of thousands of Filipinos trooping to EDSA Avenue fronting two military camps to lend support to mutinous soldiers who broke away from Marcos.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (AP/Bullit Marquez)
An American soldier walks through the rubble of a U.S. military barracks, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1991 in Saudi Arabia, after an Iraqi Scud missile destroyed the structure Monday night killing 27 soldiers and wounding 98 others. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. An American soldier walks through the rubble of a U.S. military barracks, Feb. 26, 1991 in Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/David Longstreath) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/David Longstreath)
The funeral procession of Dr. Baruch Goldstein leaves a funeral home in Jerusalem en route to a burial site near Hebron, on the Israeli occupied West Bank, Feb. 27, 1994.  Goldstein, a Jewish settler, opened fire on Muslims praying in the Ibrahim Mosque at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron on Friday, killing at least 39 people before being overpowered and killed by the worshipers.  The killings sparked violence throught Israel and the occupied lands.  (AP Photo/Eyal Warsharsky)
In 1994, American-born Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire with an automatic rifle inside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank, killing 29 Muslims before he was beaten to death by worshippers. At the Winter Olympics in Norway, Oksana Baiul of Ukraine won the gold medal in ladies’ figure skating while Nancy Kerrigan won the silver and Chen Lu of China the bronze; Tonya Harding came in eighth. The funeral procession of Dr. Baruch Goldstein leaves a funeral home in Jerusalem en route to a burial site near Hebron, on the Israeli occupied West Bank, Feb. 27, 1994. (AP/Eyal Warsharsky)
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FILE - This Feb. 20, 2011 file photo shows Mount Vernon, the home of America's first president, Gen. George Washington in Mt. Vernon, Va. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE-- These handguns reflect the evolution of Samuel Colt's revolver. Colt's invention was the first practical revolving firearm. The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn., is opening an exhibition titled "Sam and Elizabeth: Legend and Legacy of the Colt Empire," Sunday, Sept. 8 , 1996.  (AP Photo/File)
Sonny Liston, right, ducks low and weaves to escape a punch from Cassius Clay's cocked right fist during the 5th round of the heavyweight title fight in Miami Beach, Florida, February 25, 1964.  Clay won on a seventh round technical knockout. (AP Photo/stf)
FILE - This Nov. 11, 1940 file photo shows playwright Tennessee Williams at his typewriter in New York.  Williams’ “The Eye That Saw Death,” will appear in the spring issue of The Strand Magazine.   “The Eye That Saw Death” has a fable-like quality even as its plot recalls Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”  (AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File)
Students hand flowers to soldiers during the 30th anniversary celebration of the "People Power Revolution" that toppled the 20-year-rule of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and helped install Corazon "Cory" Aquino to the presidency Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. The four-day People Power saw hundreds of thousands of Filipinos trooping to EDSA Avenue fronting two military camps to lend support to mutinous soldiers who broke away from Marcos.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
An American soldier walks through the rubble of a U.S. military barracks, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1991 in Saudi Arabia, after an Iraqi Scud missile destroyed the structure Monday night killing 27 soldiers and wounding 98 others. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
The funeral procession of Dr. Baruch Goldstein leaves a funeral home in Jerusalem en route to a burial site near Hebron, on the Israeli occupied West Bank, Feb. 27, 1994.  Goldstein, a Jewish settler, opened fire on Muslims praying in the Ibrahim Mosque at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron on Friday, killing at least 39 people before being overpowered and killed by the worshipers.  The killings sparked violence throught Israel and the occupied lands.  (AP Photo/Eyal Warsharsky)

Today is Monday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2019. There are 309 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Feb. 25, 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.

On this date:

In 1570, England’s Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V, who accused the monarch of heresy.

In 1793, President George Washington held the first Cabinet meeting on record at his Mount Vernon home; attending were Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of War Henry Knox and Attorney General Edmund Randolph.

In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.

In 1862, Nashville, Tenn., became the first Confederate state capital to be occupied by the North during the Civil War.

In 1901, United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.

In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox.

In 1919, Oregon became the first state to tax gasoline, at one cent per gallon.

In 1922, French serial killer Henri Landru, convicted of murdering 10 women and the son of one of them, was executed in Versailles (vehr-SY’).

In 1964, Eastern Airlines Flight 304, a DC-8, crashed shortly after taking off from New Orleans International Airport, killing all 58 on board. Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became world heavyweight boxing champion as he defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.

In 1983, playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead in his New York hotel suite; he was 71.

In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

In 1994, American-born Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire with an automatic rifle inside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank, killing 29 Muslims before he was beaten to death by worshippers. At the Winter Olympics in Norway, Oksana Baiul of Ukraine won the gold medal in ladies’ figure skating while Nancy Kerrigan won the silver and Chen Lu of China the bronze; Tonya Harding came in eighth.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama introduced former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for commerce secretary after two earlier choices dropped out. A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 crashed while trying to land at Amsterdam’s main airport, but 126 of the people on board survived; nine were killed, including the pilots.

Five years ago: In a blunt warning to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, President Barack Obama threatened to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 if a crucial security pact wasn’t signed. (U.S. and Afghan officials signed the pact in Sept. 2014.) Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show “The Dating Game,” died in Mill Valley, California, at age 81.

One year ago: China’s official news agency said the country’s ruling Communist Party had proposed scrapping term limits for China’s president, appearing to lay the groundwork for Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. (China’s rubber-stamp lawmakers approved that change on March 11.) The board of directors of The Weinstein Company, co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, said the company would likely file for bankruptcy after last-ditch talks to sell its assets collapsed. (A private equity firm emerged in May as the winning bidder for the company.) Students at the Florida high school where 17 classmates and staff members were killed returned to gather belongings that had been abandoned in panic during the shooting. The Winter Olympics in South Korea came to an end as officials from North and South Korea shared a VIP box at the closing ceremonies with U.S. presidential adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump.

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