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On This Day in History - 25th February

Birthdays

1841Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French artist
1873Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor
1917Anthony Burgess, English novelist
1937Tom Courtenay, Actor
1941David Puttnam, English born film producer of 'Chariots of Fire'
1943George Harrison, Musician & former member of the 'Beatles'
1945Elkie Brooks, Actress

Events

1723Sir Christopher Wren, the English architect of St Pauls, died
1939The first 'Anderson' air raid shelters were erected, in London
1955Britain's largest ever aircraft carrier, the Ark Royal, was completed
1976India announced plans to take action against parents who had more than two children
1985The pound reached a record low value against the dollar
1986President Marcos of the Philipines escaped to the United States
1990There were nationwide pro-democracy marches in the Soviet Union
1990The American 50's pop singer, Johnny Ray, died
1991During the Gulf War, Iraq continued its Scud missile attacks
1993South Korea had its first civilian President for 23 years