Monday, February 25, 2008

Today in History: February 25

  • 1570 Pope Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I; she survives unharmed.
  • 1616 Catholic Church threats cause Galileo to publicly renounce his heliocentric theory.
  • 1836 Samuel Colt patents his Colt revolver; "God made Men, Colt made them equal."
  • 1837 American engineer Thomas Davenport patents first practical electric motor.
  • 1948 Communist Party takes over the Czechoslovak Third Republic (1945–1948).
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