Today in History - February 25

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1308        Feb 25, Edward II was crowned King of England.
    (AP, 2/25/07)

1336      Feb 25, The Knights of the Cross sieged the Pilenai Castle in Samogitia. The defenders burned all their goods and committed suicide.
    (LHC, 2/25/03)

1418      Feb 25, At the Constance church synod the Orthodox Metropolitan of Kiev and Lithuania, Gregory Camblak, proposed a union between the Orthodox and Catholic church.
    (LHC, 2/25/03)

1536        Feb 25, Jacob Hutter (d.1536), Anabaptist evangelist from South Tyrol, was burned as a heretic in Austria. He had founded of a "community of love" in 1528, whose members shared everything.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.13)(

1570        Feb 25, Pope Pius V issued the bull Regnans in Excelsis which excommunicated Queen Elizabeth the First of England. This absolved her subjects from allegiance. Elizabeth responded by hanging and burning Jesuits.
    (TL-MB, p.22)(AP, 2/25/98)(HN, 2/25/99)(MC, 2/25/02)

1601        Feb 25, Robert Devereux (b.1566), 2nd earl of Essex, was beheaded following a conviction of treason. His plan to capture London and the Tower had failed.
    (,_2nd_Earl_of_Essex)(HN, 2/25/99)

1642        Feb 25, Dutch settlers slaughtered lower Hudson Valley Indians in New Netherland, North America, who sought refuge from Mohawk attackers.
    (HN, 2/25/99)

1707        Feb 25, Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni (d.1793) was born in Venice. "He who talks much cannot always talk well."
    (AP, 6/1/98)(AP, 2/25/07)

1713        Feb 25, Frederik I (b.1657), King of Prussia (1701-13), died.

1728        Feb 25, Peter II Alekseyevich (1715-1730) was crowned as czar of Russia.

1751        Feb 25, The 1st performing monkey exhibited in America was in NYC.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1778        Feb 25, Jose Francisco de San Martin (d.1850) was born in Argentina. He liberated Argentina, Chile and Peru. Protector of Peru (1821-1822).
    (, 10/09, p.8)

1779        Feb 25, Fort Sackville, originally named Fort Vincennes, was captured by Colonel George Rogers Clark in 1779. Col. Clark led a force of some 170 men from Kaskaskia to lay siege to Fort Sackville in January, and received Hamilton‘s surrender on February 25. With the surrender of Fort Sackville, American forces gained effective control of the Old Northwest, thereby affecting the outcome of the Revolutionary War. The fort, which Clark described as “a wretched stockade, surrounded by a dozen wretched cabins called houses," was located near present-day Vincennes, Indiana.
    (HNQ, 7/24/00)(AP, 2/25/08)

1781        Feb 25, American General Nathanael Greene crossed the Dan River on his way to his March 15th confrontation with Lord Charles Cornwallis at Guilford Court House, N.C.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1791        Feb 25, President George Washington signed a bill creating the Bank of the United States.
    (HN, 2/25/99)

1793        Feb 25, The department heads of the U.S. government met with President  Washington at his Mt. Vernon home for the first Cabinet meeting on record.
    (AP, 2/25/98)(MC, 2/25/02)

1803        Feb 25, The 1,800 sovereign German states united into 60 states.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1804        Feb 25, Thomas Jefferson was nominated for president at the Democratic-Republican caucus.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1815        Feb 25, Napoleon left his exile on the Island of Elba, intending to return to France.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1831        Feb 25, The Polish army halted the Russian advance into their country at the Battle of Grochow.
    (HN, 2/25/99)

1836        Feb 25, Samuel Colt patented the first revolving barrel multi-shot firearm. This allowed the shooter to fire 5 or 6 times before reloading.
    (AP, 2/25/98)(AH, 2/06, p.15)

1837        Feb 25, Cheyney University was established in Pennsylvania through the bequest of Richard Humphreys, and became the oldest institution of higher learning for African Americans. It was initially named the African Institute. However, the name was changed several weeks later to the Institute for Colored Youth (ICY). In subsequent years, the university was renamed Cheyney Training School for Teachers (July 1914), Cheyney State Teacher’s College (1951), Cheyney State College (1959), and eventually Cheyney Univ. of Pennsylvania (1983).

1841        Feb 25, Pierre Auguste Renoir (d.1919), French painter, was born. He was an Impressionist painter, father of Jean Renoir, and founder of the French Impressionist movement. He was the son of a Paris tailor and began his career as a porcelain painter in the Sevres china factory. His paintings included “Luncheon of the Boating Party," “Self-portraits" (1875 & 1899) and “Sleeping Girl With a Cat" (1880). [see 1894, J. Renoir]
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(WSJ, 8/13/96, p.A9)(DPCP 1984)(HN, 2/25/99)

1850        Feb 25, Doro Eldengge Huwangdi (b.1782), the Daoguang emperor, died. He was the 8th emperor of the Manchurian Qing dynasty and the 6th Qing (1820-1850) emperor to rule over China.

1856        Feb 25, Charles Lang Freer, U.S. art collector, was born.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1859        Feb 25, The "insanity plea" was 1st used to prove innocence.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1862        Feb 25, Congress formed the US Bureau of Engraving & Printing. Greenbacks were introduced.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1862        Feb 25, Confederate troops abandoned Nashville, Tenn., in the face of Grant's advance.
    (HN, 2/25/98)
1862        Feb 25, The ironclad Monitor was commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1863        Feb 25, The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) was created as a bureau of the US Department of the Treasury by the National Currency Act. The OCC was charged with responsibility for organizing and administering a system of nationally chartered banks and a uniform national currency. It was passed to create a market in government bonds needed to finance the Civil War. The act required that bank notes issued by commercial banks be uniform in appearance and that 90% be backed by collateral consisting of US Treasury securities. [see 1881-1890, currency decline] Prior to the Civil War virtually the only currency was local and issued by banks. The government issued "greenbacks" to finance the Civil War." The 1863 NCA was superseded by the National Bank Act of 1864.
    (,11/24/95, p.A-8)(WSJ, 6/27/96, p.B1)(Wired, 10/96, p.143)(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)

1865        Feb 25, General Joseph E. Johnston replaced John Bell Hood as Commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Arthur Fremantle made a breathtaking tour of the Confederacy. Within three months he had met most of the top Confederate leaders, including Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, Joseph Johnston and Jefferson Davis.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1870        Feb 25, Hiram Revels (Sen-R-MS) was sworn in as the 1st black member of Congress.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1879        Feb 25, Congress passed the 1st Timberland Protection Act.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1885        Feb 25, US Congress condemned barbed wire around government grounds.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1888        Feb 25, John Foster Dulles was born. He served as Secretary of State to President Eisenhower (1953-1959).
    (HN, 2/25/98)(MC, 2/25/02)

1894        Feb 25, Meher Baba, spiritual leader, was born.
    (HN, 2/25/01)

1899        Feb 25, Paul Julius Reuter (b.1816), founder of the British news agency that bears his name, died in Nice, France. In 2003 Brian Mooney and Barry Simpson authored "Breaking news: How the Wheels Came off at Reuters."
    (AP, 2/25/99)(Econ, 11/1/03, p.81)

1901        Feb 25, [Herbert] Zeppo Marx, comedian, actor (Marx Brothers), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1901        Feb 25, United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan Charles Schwab and Andrew Carnegie. Morgan combined Federal Steel and Carnegie Steel to form US Steel. It was the biggest corporate merger of the time. As president of US Steel Schwab acquired the Bethlehem Steel. In 1904 Schwab resigned his position at US Steel to run Bethlehem Steel.
    (AP, 2/25/98)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R42)(WSJ, 5/12/03, p.A6)(WSJ, 10/8/08, p.A15)

1904        Feb 25, J.M. Synge's play “Riders to the Sea" opened in Dublin. [see Jan 25]
    (HN, 2/25/01)

1905        Feb 25, Adele Davis, nutritionist, was born.
    (HN, 2/25/01)

1908        Feb 25, The 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opened. The McAdoo Tunnel was completed March 8, 1904, but only officially opened on this date.
    (PCh, 1992, p.655)(MC, 2/25/02)

1910        Feb 25, The Dalai Lama fled from the Chinese and took refuge in India.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1911        Feb 25, A rare snowstorm hit San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 2/20/11, DB p.46)

1913        Feb 25, Jim Backus, actor (Mr. Magoo, Thurston Howell III-Gilligan's Island), was born in Cleveland.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1913        Feb 25, The 16th Amendment to the constitution was adopted, setting the legal basis for the income tax. The amendment, proposed by Congress at the urging of Pres. Taft, established a corporate tax. Churches and other religious organizations were exempted from federal taxation. Cordell Hull, author of the Revenue Act of 1913, said: “Of course any kind of society or corporation that is not doing business for profit and not acquiring profit would not come within the meaning of the taxing clause."
    (HN, 2/25/98)(WSJ, 3/11/98, p.A20)(AH, 4/07, p.31)(

1914        Feb 25, John Tenniel (b.1820), English illustrator, died. He is best remembered for his illustrations in Lewis Carroll's “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and “Through the Looking-Glass."

1917        Feb 25, Anthony Burgess, English writer (A Clockwork Orange), was born.
    (HN, 2/25/01)

1919        Feb 25, Oregon introduced the first state tax on gasoline at one cent per gallon, to be used for road construction.
    (HN, 2/25/98)(AP, 2/25/98)

1926        Feb 25, Francisco Franco became Generalissimo of Spain.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1926        Feb 25, Poland demanded a permanent seat on the League Council.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1928        Feb 25, Larry Gelbart, writer, producer, actor (Oh God!, M*A*S*H), was born.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1928        Feb 25, Bell Labs introduced a new device to end the fluttering of the television image.
    (HN, 2/25/98)
1928        Feb 25, In Mexico Toribio Romo Gonzalez (b.1900), a Catholic priest, was killed during the Cristero War. He was canonized as a saint on May  21, 2000, by Pope John Paul II, and later came to be regarded as the patron saint of migrants.
    (, 7/17/14, p.D2)

1932        Feb 25, The German state government of Brunswick, in which the Nazi Party participated, appointed Adolph Hitler of Austria to a minor administrative post this month and on this day gave him German citizenship. Hitler was thus able to stand against Hindenburg in the forthcoming Presidential election.

1933        Feb 25, The 1st genuine aircraft carrier was christened: USS Ranger.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1937        Feb 25, Basia Johnson, maid, was born. She later inherited the Johnson & Johnson fortune.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1937        Feb 25, Bob Schieffer, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), was born in Austin, Tx.
    (MC, 2/25/02)

1940        Feb 25, A hockey game was televised for the first time, by New York City station W2XBS, as the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2, at Madison Square Garden.
    (AP, 2/25/00)

1943        Feb 25, George Harrison (d. Nov 29, 2001) of the Beatles was born.
    (SFC, 11/30/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A2)
1943        Feb 25, U.S. troops retook the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, where they had been defeated five days before.
    (HN, 2/25/99)

1944        Feb 25, U.S. forces destroyed 135 Japanese planes in Marianas and Guam.
    (HN, 2/25/02)

1948        Feb 25, Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia in a coup d’etat.
    (AP, 2/25/98)(SFC, 3/13/98, p.A6)

1950        Feb 25, The comedy-variety program "Your Show of Shows," starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and, later, Howard Morris, debuted on NBC-TV. The show’s writers included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen.
    (AP, 2/25/00)(MC, 2/25/02)
1950        Feb 25, George Richards Minot (b.1885), physician (Nobel-1934), died.
    (WUD, 1994 p.913)(Internet)
1950        Feb 25, In Czechoslovakia Josef Toufar (b.1902), a Catholic priest was tortured to death by investigators after the secret police claimed he staged a fake miracle in his church in Cihost where a cross began to move for no obvious reason during a Mass.

1952        Feb 25, French colonial forces evacuated Hoa Binh in Indochina.
    (HN, 2/25/99)

1953        Feb 25, General de Gaulle condemned the European Defense Community.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1956        Feb 25, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev harshly criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow. Stalin was secretly disavowed by Khrushchev at a party congress for promoting the "cult of the individual." [see Feb 14, 23]
    (AP, 2/25/98)(HN, 2/25/01)

1957        Feb 25, Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded "That'll Be the Day."
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1957        Feb 25, The US 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."
    (AP, 2/25/07)
1957        Feb 25, Supreme Court decided 6-3 that baseball is the only antitrust exempt pro sport.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1957        Feb 25, Nobosuke Kishi (1896-1987) began serving as prime minister of Japan. He continued for 2 terms to Jul 19, 1960.
    (Econ, 1/12/13, p.37)(

1961        Feb 25, Paul Bikle climbed to record 14,100 meters (8.8 miles) in a glider.
    (MC, 2/25/02)
1961        Feb 25, John F. Kennedy named Henry Kissinger national security adviser. Years later, Kissinger was President Nixon's envoy for secret negotiations with North Vietnam. About this time Kennedy also named Adlai Stevenson as ambassador to the UN.
    (HN, 2/25/98)(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A19)

1962        Feb 25, Maria Ludovica De Angelis (b.1880) died in Argentina. She helped expand hospital services for children. In 2004 she was beatified by Pope John Paul VI.
    (AP, 10/3/04)

1964        Feb 25, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.
    (AP, 2/25/04)

1969        Feb 25, In Vietnam Navy Lt. Bob Kerry (25) took part in a SEAL raid in the Mekong Delta where over a dozen women, children and old men were killed in the village of Thanh Phong. Kerry received a Bronze Star for the raid and later strongly regretted his actions. Soon after the raid Kerry lost a leg at Hon Tam Island and was later awarded a Congressional medal of Honor. In 2001 Kerry, former Gov. and Senator from Nebraska, made public his participation in the raid. In 2001 Bui Thi Luom of Thanh Phong, the only survivor from her hut of 16, said 20 people were killed "Only civilians, women and children." Kerry described the event in his 2002 memoir "When I Was a Young Man." In 2002 Gregory L. Vistica authored: "The Education of Lieutenant Kerry."
    (SFC, 4/26/01, p.A1)(SFC, 4/27/01, p.A3)(SSFC, 4/29/01, p.A12)(SFC, 6/1/02, p.A12)(WSJ, 1/23/03, p.D14)

1970        Feb 25, Mark Rothko (b.1903), painter, committed suicide in NYC. He was born in Dvinsk, Russia, which is now Daugavpils, Latvia, and his family moved to Portland, Ore., in 1913. His work moved to abstraction in the 1940s. The execution of his will provoked a long drawn out court case. His daughter charged the executors and the owner of Rothko’s gallery with conspiracy and conflict of interest, and won. A 1998 show was accompanied by the book "Mark Rothko" by Jeffrey Weiss with contributions by John Cage, Carol-Mancusi-Ungaro, Barbara Novak, Brian O’Doherty, Mark Rosenthal and Jessica Stewart.
    (WSJ, 6/4/98, p.A16)(SFEC, 6/7/98, BR p.4)(AP, 11/11/03)(

1971        Feb 25, "Oh, Calcutta" opened at the Belasco Theater.
    (, 11/3/96, DB p.38)

1973        Feb 25, The Stephen Sondheim musical "A Little Night Music" opened at Broadway's Shubert Theater.
    (AP, 2/25/98)
1973        Feb 25, In Northern Ireland Gordon Gallagher (9) stumbled across an IRA bomb while playing in his backyard in Londonderry. In 2012 The IRA admitted responsibility and apologized for killing the boy after his parents called publicly for Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness, the former IRA commander in Londonderry, to tell them who planted a bomb in their children's play area and why.
    (AP, 2/24/12)

1975        Feb 25, Elijah Muhammad (b.1897 as Elijah Poole), US leader of the Detroit-based Nation of Islam and Black Muslims, died in Chicago. His son W. Deen Mohammed (1933-2008) was soon elected supreme minister of the Nation of Islam.
    (, 2/13/97, p.6D)(SFC, 2/28/00, p.A3)(SFC, 9/11/08, p.B5)
1975        Feb 25, In Tennessee Marcia Trimble (9) disappeared while delivering Girl Scout cookies in her Nashville neighborhood. Her body was discovered on Easter Sunday and evidence led police to believe that she had been sexually assaulted and strangled to death. In 2009 Jerome Barrett (62) was convicted of 2nd-degree murder based on DNA testing. He was already serving a life sentence for the 1975 rape and murder of a Vanderbilt Univ. student.
    (SSFC, 7/19/09, p.A13)(

1976        Feb 25, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may ban the hiring of illegal aliens.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1980        Feb 25, Robert Hayden, American poet and educator, died in Ann Arbor, Mich. Hayden had studied under W.H. Auden at the Univ. of Michigan. In 1976 Pres. Gerald Ford appointed him the 1st African-American consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, a post that later became known as Poet Laureate.
    (, Fall/02, p.7)
1980        Feb 25, A military coup took place in Suriname. Desi Bouterse seized control of Suriname five years after the country gained independence from the Netherlands. He stepped down in 1987 under international pressure but briefly seized power again in 1990.
    (, 7/5/08)

1983        Feb 25, Tennessee Williams (71), playwright, was found dead in his NYC hotel suite.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
1983        Feb 25, A 10-year-old girl, Jeanine Nicarico of Naperville in DuPage County, Ill., was raped and murdered. Rolando Cruz was convicted and served 10 years on death row before a sheriff's officer recanted on his story and exonerated Cruz. In 1999 7 prosecutors and sheriff's deputies went on trial on charges of conspiracy to frame an innocent man. Cruz, a small-time criminal, started out as an informant in the case. Charges against 2 prosecutors were dismissed and 4 sheriff's officers and a prosecutor were acquitted in 1999. In 2005 convicted killer Brian Dugan was indicted by a DuPage County grand jury, a full decade after an expert concluded DNA evidence linked him to the crime.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.A6)(SFC, 4/7/99, p.A5)(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A7)(AP, 2/25/06)

1984        Feb 25, In Cubatao, Sao Paulo, Brazil, an explosion from a gasoline leak in a pipeline burned a nearby shantytown with than 500 deaths.
    (HSAB, 1994, p.46)

1985        Feb 25, Edwin Meese III was sworn in as US Attorney General.

1986        Feb 25, President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election. Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency. Pres. Ferdinand Marcos was forced from office after 20 years of rule. He was accused of accumulating billions of dollars during his rule. The Marcoses fled to Hawaii and Imelda Marcos left behind her 5,400 shoes.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1986)(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A26)(AP, 2/25/98)

1987        Feb 25, US Supreme Court upheld affirmative action with a 5-4 vote.
1987        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court ruled that California cannot bar gambling on Indian tribal land. This win by the Cabazon tribe opened the door to Indian gambling nationwide. By 2015 almost half of America’s 566 Native American tribes and villages operated casinos.
    (SFC, 5/11/04, p.B8)(WSJ, 9/27/05, p.A1)(, 1/17/15, p.32)

1988        Feb 25, Chicago gave the Cubs baseball team the right to install lights and play up to 18 night games.
1988        Feb 25, Panama's civilian president, Eric Arturo Delvalle announced the dismissal of Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega as commander of the country's Defense Forces. The next day, Panama's National Assembly voted to oust Delvalle.
    (AP, 2/25/98)

1989        Feb 25, President Bush left Japan, where he had attended the funeral of Emperor Hirohito, and arrived in China for a three-day visit.
    (AP, 2/25/99)

1990        Feb 25, Enver Hadri, a human rights leader, was allegedly shot in the head by Veselin Vukotic and two other men while he was stopped at a traffic light in Brussels, Belgium. Hadri had papers on him incriminating former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in assassinations. All three gunmen were believed to be hitmen working for the Yugoslav secret service. Veselin was arrested in Spain in 2006.
    {Belgium, Murder, Yugoslavia, Serbia}
    (AP, 2/27/06)
1990        Feb 25, Nicaraguans voted in an election that led to an upset victory for opponents of the ruling Sandinistas. Daniel Ortega, communist president of Nicaragua, lost to Violeta Chamorro.
    (WSJ, 3/12/96, p. A-16)(AP, 2/25/98)

1991        Feb 25, During the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 2/25/98)

1992        Feb 25, Natalie Cole won seven awards at the 34th annual Grammys, including best album for "Unforgettable."
    (AP, 2/25/02)
1992        Feb 25, President Bush won the South Dakota Republican primary, Bob Kerrey the Democratic primary.
    (AP, 2/25/02)
1992        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court ruled prison guards who use unnecessary force against inmates may be violating the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment even if they inflict no serious injuries.
    (AP, 2/25/02)
1992        Feb 25, The Republic of Mali proclaimed a new Constitution.
    (AP, 4/1/12)

1993        Feb 25, President Clinton ordered the Pentagon to mount an airdrop of relief supplies into Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    (AP, 2/25/98)
1993        Feb 25, Kim Young-sam (1927-2015) began serving as the 7th president of South Korea and continued to 1998.
    (Econ, 11/28/15, p.37)

1994        Feb 25, In the Hebron massacre, Jewish settler Dr. Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Palestinians praying in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and killed 29 people. Some 100 others were wounded. Surviving Palestinians killed him before he could reload.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A12)(SFC, 6/20/96, p.A8)(MT, Fall/03, p.15)
1994        Feb 25, At the Winter Olympics in Norway, Oksana Baiul of Ukraine won the gold medal in ladies' figure skating while Nancy Kerrigan won the silver and Chen Lu of China the bronze; Tonya Harding came in eighth.
    (AP, 2/25/99)
1994        Feb 25, Jersey Joe Walcott (80), boxer, died.

1995        Feb 25, Former President Jimmy Carter wound up a 54-hour visit to Haiti, denying he'd been given a chilly reception by Haitians whom he'd helped save from a potentially bloody U.S.-led intervention.
    (AP, 2/25/00)
1995        Feb 25, In Oklahoma store manager Richard Yost was beaten to death with a baseball bat and placed in the freezer of his supermarket in Tulsa. Three men were later executed for the murder and a 4th was convicted to life in prison.
    (AFP, 1/10/14)(

1996        Feb 25, A 12-mile tether connecting a half-ton satellite to the space shuttle “Columbia" broke loose as it was almost completely unreeled.
    (AP, 2/25/01)
1996        Feb 25, In Hanford, Ca., Tracy Rene Conrad (11), went to the Galik home to play with the sons of Duane Galik Sr. Her body was found a month later stuffed in a pottery kiln and sexually abused. Duane Galik Sr. went on trial for the murder in 1997.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, p.A18)
1996        Feb 25, Cambodian Dr. Haing S. Ngor (55), academy award winner for the 1984 film "The Killing Fields," was shot and killed in front of his home in Los Angeles. In 1998 three Chinatown gang members, Oriental Lazy Boyz gang, were convicted by separate juries in the murder. Jason Chan (20) was sentenced to life with