February 25, 1836-
Samuel Colt was granted his first patent for a multi-chamber gun on this date.
His pistol was different from others; its design allowed several shots to be fired in succession without reloading.
Here's something to ponder - I found out about Pistol Patent Day on a Hallmark site. I guess they do have a card for every event.
Here's another Fine Bros. video clip about 2011 movie spoilers (it'll help in case you didn't see all of the nominees.)
Remember to save your seat on the couch for Oscar viewing tomorrow night
February 25, 1941 -
Another Preston Sturges' comic masterpiece, The Lady Eve, premiered in the US on this date.
Preston Sturges wrote the script in Reno, Nevada, while awaiting his third divorce.
February 25, 1945 -
Part of Roberto Rossellini Neo-realist classic war trilogy, Roma, città aperta (Rome Open City) opened in the US on this date.
Rossellini used real Nazi POWs as extras for added realistic effect.
February 25, 1950 -
The comedy-variety program Your Show of Shows, starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca and Carl Reiner, debuted on NBC on this date.
Writers for the show included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Larry Gelbart. A common misconception is that Woody Allen wrote for Your Show of Shows; he in fact wrote for its successor program, Caesar's Hour, which ran from 1954 to 1957.
Today in History:
February 25, 1570 -
Pope Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England, for the sin of being a Protestant.
As Elizabeth was already the head of her own religion, Church of England,
this Papal Bull did not make her break stride.
February 25, 1601 -
Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex, was beheaded following a conviction of treason. His plan to capture London and the Tower had failed.
He was the last person to be beheaded in the Tower of London. It was reported to have taken three strokes by the executioner to complete the beheading. Ouch!
Let this be a lesson to all you playas - never try to steal you girlfriends' country.
February 25, 1879 -
Charles Frederick Peace, imfamous Victorian cat burglar and The Murderous Musician was executed by hanging on this date.
Pearce's notority was such that he appeared as a character in short stories by both Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain.
February 25, 1888 -
John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State to President Eisenhower, was born on this date.
Haven't we all made a fool of ourselves over John Foster Dulles.
February 25, 1922 -
Henri Landru, the notorious French serial killer known as "Bluebeard", guillotined for murdering ten women, and one boy. His motive was purely financial; by placing classified ads Landru lured selected women into his clutches, married them, and disposed of their bodies without a trace.
While denying guilt to the end, a drawing given to his attorney had written on the reverse, "I did it. I burned their bodies in my kitchen oven".
Charles Chaplin based his movie, Monsieur Verdoux on this case.
February 25, 1932 -
The German state government of Brunswick, in which the Nazi Party participated, appointed Adolph Hitler of Austria to a minor administrative post this month and on this day gave him German citizenship.
Hitler was thus able to stand against Hindenburg in the forthcoming Presidential election.
February 25, 1969 -
In Vietnam, a 25 year old Navy Lt., Bob Kerrey, took part in a SEAL raid in the Mekong Delta where over a dozen women, children and old men were killed in the village of Thanh Phong. Kerrey received a Bronze Star for the raid and later strongly regretted his actions.
Soon after the raid, Lt. Kerrey lost a leg at Hon Tam Island and was later awarded a Congressional medal of Honor. In 2001, the former Governor and Senator from Nebraska, publicly discussed his participation in the raid after Bui Thi Luom of Thanh Phong, the only survivor from her hut of 16, said, "Only civilians, women and children" were killed. Kerrey described the event in his 2002 memoir When I Was a Young Man.
February 25, 1983 -
Playwright Tennessee Williams found dead in his New York hotel room after he choked on a bottle cap during the night.
Once again, another victim of not reading the pill bottle label correctly.
And so it goes.