February 25

This Day in History

1986

Marcos flees the Philippines

In the face of mass demonstrations against his rule, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and his entourage are airlifted from the presidential palace in Manila by U.S. helicopters. Elected in 1966, … (more...)

1896

Radioactivity Accidentally Discovered

One of the most significant scientific discoveries of the 19th century was made by Antoine Henri Becquerel on this day in 1896. In the course of conducting experiments on uranium salts, Becquerel … (more...)

1304

Great Traveler Ibn Battuta Born

On this day in 1304, Ibn Battuta, one of the world’s greatest travelers, was born. Over some 30 years, Battuta traveled most of the Islamic world, some 121,000 kilometres, a distance surpassing his … (more...)