What Happened On This Day – February 25
1994 An Israeli doctor kills 30 unarmed Palestinians in the Mosque of Abraham
The massacre by right-wing extremist Baruch Goldstein was widely condemned, also in Israel.
1991 The Warsaw Pact is disbanded
Following the end of the Cold War, the defense treaty between 8 communist states had lost its purpose. It had been signed in 1955 as an antagonist of NATO.
1986 Corazon Aquino is sworn in as the 11th President of the Philippines
Aquino's presidency ended 20 years of dictatorship. She was the first female president in Asia.
1964 Muhammad Ali becomes world heavyweight champion
Ali, who still used his original name Cassius Clay at the time, is considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in history.
1947 The state of Prussia is dissolved
At its peak, the most important state of the German empire encompassed parts of modern-day Germany, Poland, and Russia.
Births On This Day – February 25
1943 George Harrison
English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
1917 Anthony Burgess
1873 Enrico Caruso
1861 Rudolf Steiner
Austrian philosopher, educator
1778 José de San Martín
Argentinian general, politician, 1st President of Peru
Deaths On This Day – February 25
2001 Donald Bradman
1975 Elijah Muhammad
American religious leader
1970 Mark Rothko
1723 Christopher Wren
English architect, designed St Paul's Cathedral
805 Emperor Dezong of Tang