Birthdays of Monday, February 25
Country singer Ralph Stanley is 86. CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 76. Actress Diane Baker is 75. Humorist Jack Handey is 64. Movie director Neil Jordan is 63. Rock musician Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) is 56. Rock singer-musician Mike Peters (The Alarm) is 54. Actress Veronica Webb is 48. Actor Alexis Denisof is 47. Actress Lesley Boone is 45. Actor Sean Astin is 42. Singer Daniel Powter is 42. Latin singer Julio Iglesias Jr. is 40. Actor Justin Berfield is 27. Actors James and Oliver Phelps are 27. Rock musician Erik Haager (Carolina Liar) is 26.
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1836 Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.
1862 Nashville, Tenn., became the first Confederate state capital to be occupied by the North during the Civil War.
1913 Character actor Jim Backus, who played Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island and voiced the cartoon character Mr. Magoo, was born in Cleveland.
1913 The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox.
1950 Your Show of Shows, starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris, debuted on NBC-TV.
1963 The U.S. Supreme Court, in Edwards v. South Carolina, upheld 8-1 the right of civil rights demonstrators to peacefully protest outside the South Carolina State House.
1983 Playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead in his New York hotel suite; he was 71.
In The Star
Feb. 25, 1938, in The Star: The Anniston City Council unanimously passed a resolution last night authorizing the selection of a Housing Authority of five persons to make plans for setting up a housing or slum clearance program in Anniston. The authority will have the power to borrow money from the federal government, the council was told by R. L. Keenan, engineer in charge of the local WPA paving project. Up to 90 percent of the cost of the project can be borrowed from the government. The loan would be amortized over a period of 60 years. Local labor leaders support the project for the jobs it would give skilled construction workers and pipe company employees, on account of the large amount of pipe that would be used. The authority’s members are expected to be selected soon. Also this date: Miss Alphedious Miller of the Birmingham office of the phone company is in Piedmont this week giving instructions to telephone subscribers on the use of dial telephones which will be placed into service in seven days by the Southern Bell Telephone Company. That means calls will no longer be placed via local operators; two of those young women, Misses Ida and Kate Champion, will be transferred to the Jacksonville office. Additionally: Mrs. Sam P. Landers has been announced as the manager of The Landers House, featuring hotel conveniences and a new dining room. Special rates are available for regular boarders. Located at 12th and Quintard, the business was previously known as Ory’s Apartments.
Feb. 25, 1988, in The Star: Employees at Southwire Corp. in Carrollton, Ga., overwhelmingly rejected the latest attempt to organize them into a union. The vote, sought by the United Steelworkers of America and applying to production and maintenance workers, was 1,011 t0 452.