Thursday, 25 February 2016

On This Day In History - February 25th


On This Day in 138, Roman Emperor Hadrian, the guy who hated the Scots so much he built a massive wall across northern England to keep them out, adopted Antoninus Pius as his son.
That is so sweet, adopting a little boy because he had no kids of his own. His adoption, as well as getting a daddy, also made little Antoninus heir to the Roman Empire.
Hang on, one plus two, multiply by the square root of .... son of a .... Antoninus wasn't a little boy when he was adopted. He was 44 years old.
On This Day in 1797, the Last Invasion of Britain ends after Colonel William Tate issues an unconditional surrender.
On This Day in 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first African-American to sit in the US Congress, is sworn into the United States Senate. He was a Republican from Mississippi. Oh, come on, no one's perfect.
On This Day in 1919, the state of Oregon put a 1cent per US gallon tax on gasoline. It was the first state in America to put a tax on gasoline. So now we know where that idea came from. It's all Oregon's fault.
On This Day in 1932, Adolf Hitler becomes a German citizen, after obtaining his citizenship by naturalization. It allowed him to run for election in the Reichsprasident. And eventually start a World War.

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