On this day: February 25

Posted: 11:08 PM EST Feb 24, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EST Feb 25, 2016

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
1 / 45
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, New Hampshire. 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.

Advertisement

Most Viewed on WFMZ.com

Advertisement
 

Slideshow Of The Day

On this Day

  • space shuttle Discovery 2005 launch

    NASA

    On this day: July 26

    The Inca civilization suffers a blow, the Postal Service, the FBI and the CIA are born, The Babe makes his last public appearance, and the space shuttle returns to space, all on this day.