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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024

On Feb. 25, 1994, 32 Muslim worshippers were killed by a Jewish settler who opened fire with an automatic weapon in the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank town of Hebron.

By United Press International
A Palestinian walks to pray in the Cave of the Patriarchs, also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque, a holy site to Jews and Muslims, in the divided city of Hebron, West Bank, on July 6, 2017. On February 25, 1994, 32 Muslim worshippers were killed by a Jewish settler who opened fire with an automatic weapon in the Cave of the Patriarchs. File Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
1 of 4 | A Palestinian walks to pray in the Cave of the Patriarchs, also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque, a holy site to Jews and Muslims, in the divided city of Hebron, West Bank, on July 6, 2017. On February 25, 1994, 32 Muslim worshippers were killed by a Jewish settler who opened fire with an automatic weapon in the Cave of the Patriarchs. File Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI | License Photo

Today is Sunday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2024 with 310 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Uranus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1841; Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso in 1873; U.S. statesman John Foster Dulles in 1888; actor Herbert "Zeppo" Marx in 1901; British writer Anthony Burgess in 1917; tennis Hall of Fame member Bobby Riggs in 1918; producer/writer Larry Gelbart in 1928; talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael in 1935 (age 89); actor Tom Courtenay in 1937 (age 87); actor Diane Baker in 1938 (age 86); former Beatle George Harrison in 1943; wrestler Ric Flair in 1949 (age 75); director Neil Jordan in 1950 (age 74); sportscaster James Brown in 1951 (age 73); comedian Carrot Top, born Scott Thompson, in 1965 (age 59); actor Téa Leoni in 1966 (age 58); actor Sean Astin in 1971 (age 53); actor Anson Mount in 1973 (age 51); actor Chelsea Handler in 1975 (age 49); actor Rashida Jones in 1976 (age 48); actor James Phelps in 1986 (age 38); actor Oliver Phelps in 1986 (age 38); actor Jameela Jamil in 1986 (age 38); actor Isabelle Fuhrman in 1997 (age 27); actor Noah Jupe in 2005 (age 19).

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On this date in history:

In 1791, the First Bank of the U.S. at Philadelphia became the first national bank chartered by Congress.

In 1836, Samuel Colt patented a "revolving gun," the first of the six-shooters.

In 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Natchez, Miss., was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Black American to sit in Congress.

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

In 1922, Henri Landru, better known as Bluebeard, was executed in France for killing 10 of his girlfriends.

In 1951, the inaugural Pan American Games began in Buenos Aires.

In 1964, brash underdog Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) stunned the boxing world with a TKO of Sonny "the Bear" Liston, winning the world heavyweight championship.

In 1984, a gasoline pipeline burst, spewing thousands of gallons of fuel that ignited and engulfed an illegal shanty town near Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing hundreds of people.

In 1986, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos left his Manila palace for Hawaii, ending 20 years in power.

In 1990, Violeta Chamorro, the U.S.-backed candidate for the presidency of Nicaragua, scored an upset victory over President Daniel Ortega, leader of the leftist Sandinista Liberation Front.

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In 1991, the Warsaw Pact nations signed an agreement to dissolve the alliance after 36 years.

In 1994, 32 Muslim worshippers were killed by a Jewish settler who opened fire with an automatic weapon in the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank town of Hebron. The settler, an American Israeli follower of the ultra-Zionist Each movement, was overpowered and beaten to death.

In 2005, authorities arrested Dennis Rader, a municipal employee and church leader, for the so-called BTK (blind, torture, kill) serial killings that terrorized Wichita, Kan. Rader was convicted and sentenced to 10 consecutive life terms.

In 2022, Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the country's invasion of Ukraine.


A thought for the day: Neil Armstrong said the Apollo missions demonstrated that "humanity is not forever chained to this planet, and our visions go rather further than that, and our opportunities are unlimited."

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