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Today's Date – February 25
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On February 1, 2009, the modern world’s very first openly gay Head of State, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, was elected Prime Minister of Iceland. She also became Iceland’s first female Prime Minister.

On February 2, 1790, the United States Supreme Court held its very first session.

On February 3, 1690, the Massachusetts Bay Colony issued the very first paper money in the American colonies.

On February 4, 1964, Congress passed the 24th Amendment, which abolished poll taxes.

On February 5, 1991, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was barred from assisting in suicides using his self-invented "suicide machine."

On February 6, 1933, Congress passed the 20th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

On February 7, 1992, the Maastricht Treaty, also known as the Treaty on European Union, was signed in Maastricht, the Netherlands, by members of the European Community.

On February 8, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Communications Decency Act (CDA) into law.

On February 9, 1870, Congress established the United States Weather Bureau.

On February 10, 1967, Minnesota and Nevada ratified the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution and gave the amendment the majority of state votes required to make it law.

On February 11, 1971, the United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom signed the Seabed Arms Control Treaty, outlawing nuclear weapons in international waters.

On February 12, 2004, the city of San Francisco, California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for the first time.

On February 13, 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was founded in New York City by composer Victor Herbert.

On February 14, 1899, the United States Congress approved the use of voting machines in general elections.

On February 15, 1971 the United Kingdom decimalised its currency and switched to the system of pounds and pence that is still in use today.

On February 16, 1959, Fidel Castro took office as the Prime Minister of Cuba and the leader of the Communist Party of Cuba upon the resignation of Jose Cardona.

On February 17, 1801, the U.S. House of Representatives elected Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr as the third President of the United States.

On February 18, 1861, the states that seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America inaugurated Jefferson Davis as the first (and only) president of the new Confederacy.

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 to Relocate Japanese-Americans to Internment Camps

On February 20, 1792, President George Washington signed the Post Office Act of 1792 creating the U.S. Post Office Department.

On February 21, 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto (in original language of German: Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei) – one of the most influential political documents in the world!

On February 22, 1819, the United States purchased present-day Florida and regions of Alabama and Mississippi for $5 million U.S. dollars from Spain.

On February 23, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt and Cuba’s first President, Tomás Estrada Palma, agreed to the Cuban-American Treaty.

On February 24, 1803, the United States Supreme Court issued perhaps its most important ruling of all time in the case of Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803).

On February 25, 1870, just five years after the Civil War, the first black man became a member of Congress.

On February 26, 1834, New York and New Jersey ratified the very first U.S. interstate crime compact.

On February 27, 1801, U.S. Congress passed the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801 which placed Washington D.C. under the jurisdiction of Congress.

On February 28, 1972, President Richard Nixon met with Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong and other Chinese diplomats to discuss Sino-U.S. relations and world issues.

On February 29, 1892, the United States and Britain signed a treaty to arbitrate their disputes on hunting seals in the Bering Sea, also known as the Treaty of Arbitration of 1892.