February 25 in history

February 25 events chronologically

138 The Roman emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor
493 Odoacer surrenders Ravenna after a 3-year siege and agrees to a mediated peace with Theodoric the Great
628 Khosrau II is overthrown by his son Kavadh II
1336 4,000 defenders of Pilėnai commit mass suicide rather than be taken captive by the Teutonic Knights
1570 Pope Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England
1631 François de Bassompierre, a French courtier, is arrested on Richelieu's orders
1797 Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Last invasion of Britain

Top 7 most famous people born on February 25

1304 Ibn Battuta a Moroccan explorer of Berber descent. He is known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla. Over a period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of the known Islamic world as well as many non-Muslim lands. His journeys included trips to North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa and Eastern Europe, and to the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China. Ibn Battuta is generally considered one of the greatest travellers of all time
1778 José de San Martín an Argentine general and the prime leader of the southern part of South America's successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire. Born in Yapeyú, Corrientes, in modern Argentina, he left his mother country at the early age of seven to study in Málaga, Spain
1841 Pierre-Auguste Renoir a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau."
1873 Enrico Caruso an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic. Caruso also made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920. All of these recordings, which span most of his stage career, are available today on CDs and as digital downloads
1943 George Harrison an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the band's primary songwriters, most of their albums included at least one Harrison composition, including "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something", which became the Beatles' second-most-covered song
1949 Ric Flair an American semi-retired professional wrestler currently signed with WWE in the ambassador program, better known by his ring name Ric Flair. Also known as "The Nature Boy," Flair is considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time with a professional career that spans 40+ years. He is noted for his lengthy and highly decorated tenures with the National Wrestling Alliance , World Championship Wrestling , the World Wrestling Federation , and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
1981 Park Ji-sung a South Korean former footballer who currently serves as a club ambassador at Manchester United.

Top 7 most famous people died on February 25

1723 Christopher Wren one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He was accorded responsibility for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666, including his masterpiece, Paul's Cathedral, on Ludgate Hill, completed in 1710
1852 Thomas Moore an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy and The Last Rose of Summer. He was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death. In his lifetime he was often referred to as Anacreon Moore
1970 Mark Rothko an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar American artists
1983 Tennessee Williams an American playwright and author of many stage classics.
1999 Glenn T. Seaborg an American chemist whose involvement in the synthesis, discovery and investigation of ten transuranium elements earned him a share of the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. His work in this area also led to his development of the actinide concept and the arrangement of the actinide series in the periodic table of the elements
2001 Donald Bradman an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest Test batsman of all time. Bradman's career Test batting average of 99.94 is often cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport
2014 Paco de Lucía a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer. A leading proponent of the New Flamenco style, he helped legitimize flamenco among the establishment in Spain, and was one of the first flamenco guitarists to have successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as classical and jazz. Richard Chapman and Eric Clapton, authors of Guitar: Music, History, Players, describe de Lucía as a "titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar", and Dennis Koster, author of Guitar Atlas, Flamenco, has referred to de Lucía as "one of history's greatest guitarists."