Today is Sunday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2018. There are 309 days left in the year.
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.
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In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.
In 1905, the Upton Sinclair novel “The Jungle” was first published in serial form by the Appeal to Reason newspaper.
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 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.
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.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Tom Courtenay is 81. Former CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 81. Actress Karen Grassle is 76. Former professional wrestler Ric Flair is 69. Humorist Jack Handey is 69. Movie director Neil Jordan is 68. Rock singer-musician/actor John Doe (X) is 65. Actress Tea Leoni is 52. Comedian Carrot Top is 51. Latin singer Julio Iglesias Jr. is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Justin Jeffre is 45. Rock musician Richard Liles is 45. Actor Anson Mount is 45. Comedian-actress Chelsea Handler is 43. Actress Rashida Jones is 42. Actor Justin Berfield is 32. Actors James and Oliver Phelps (“Harry Potter” movies) are 32. Actress Jameela Jamil is 32. Rock musician Erik Haager (Carolina Liar) is 31.
Thought for Today: “Open-mindedness is not the same as empty-mindedness. To hang out a sign saying, ‘Come right in; there is no one at home’ is not the equivalent of hospitality.” — John Dewey, American philosopher and educator (1859-1952).
— Associated Press