On this day: February 25

Published: Feb 24 2013 11:08:24 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 25 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

Samuel Colt patents his revolver, the first black U.S. senator takes his seat, Muhammad Ali wins his first heavyweight title, and Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines, all on this day.

OTD February 25 - C Everett Koop
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U.S. Public Health Service

2013: C. Everett Koop, who served as the 13th U.S. surgeon general under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush from 1982 to 1989, dies at age 96 in Hanover, N.H. Koop was outspoken on controversial public health issues, including abortion and HIV/AIDS, and did much to raise the profile the office of the surgeon general. He was also well-known for his work around tobacco, calling for a "smoke-free" society. His 1986 surgeon general's report on the dangers of secondhand smoke was seminal.

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