The Columbus Dispatch



Today is Friday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2022. There are 309 days left in the year. On this date in:

1901: United States Steel Corp. was incorporat­ed by J.P. Morgan.

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.

1919: Oregon became the first state to tax gasoline, at one cent per gallon.

1954: Gamal Abdel Nasser became Egypt’s prime minister after the country’s president, Mohammed Naguib, was effectivel­y ousted in a coup.

1957: The Supreme Court, in Butler v. Michigan, overturned a Michigan statute making it a misdemeano­r to sell books containing obscene language that would tend to corrupt “the morals of youth.”

1964: Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became world heavyweigh­t boxing champion as he defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.

1973: The Stephen Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music” opened at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.

1986: President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippine­s after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.

1991: During the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

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.

1997: A jury in Media, Pennsylvan­ia, convicted chemical fortune heir John E. du Pont of third-degree murder, deciding he was mentally ill when he shot and killed world-class wrestler David Schultz. (Du Pont died in prison in December 2010 while serving a 13- to 30year sentence; he was 72.)

2010: In Vancouver, the Canadian women beat the United States 2-0 for their third straight Olympic hockey title.

2020: U.S. health officials warned that the coronaviru­s was certain to spread more widely in the United States; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to be prepared. President Donald Trump, speaking in India, said the virus was “very well under control” in the U.S.

CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 85. Actor Diane Baker is 84. Actor Karen Grassle (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 80. Talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael is 80. Writer Jack Handey (“Saturday Night Live”) is 73. Comedian Carrot Top is 57. Actor and model Veronica Webb is 57. Actor Tea Leoni Leoni is 56. Actor

Lesley Boone (“Agent Carter,” “Ed”) is 54. Actor

Sean Astin is 51. Singer

Daniel Powter is 51. Singer Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees is 49. Actor Anson Mount (“Hell on Wheels,” “Star Trek: Discovery”) is 49. Comedian Chelsea Handler is 47. Actor Rashida Jones (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation”) is 46. Singer Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square is 44. Actor Justin Berfield (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 36. Actor Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place”) is 36. Actors James and Oliver Phelps (“Harry Potter” films) are 36.

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