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FEBRUARY 25

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1837 Thomas Davenport Receives the First Patent Ever Granted for an Electric Motor Vermont Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions Patents and Trademarks Electricity Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1870 Senator Hiram Rhoades Revels, a Republican from Natchez, Mississippi, Is the First African American Sworn into the U.S. Congress Mississippi Political Leaders Hiram Revels U.S. Congress Famous African Americans Historic Firsts History Channel New York Times
1919 Oregon Is the First State to Impose a Gasoline Tax Oregon Taxes Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1928 The First U.S. Television License Is Issued to Charles Francis Jenkins Laboratories for a Washington, D.C. Station Washington, D.C. Television Historic Firsts History Channel
1933 In Virginia, the USS Ranger Is Launched From Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company as the First U.S. Aircraft Carrier Newport News, Virginia Naval Military History Historic Firsts NavSource Naval History Virginia Historical Society
1938 Miami, Florida's First Drive-in Theater Opens Miami, Florida Film Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1940 The New York Rangers Beat the Montreal Canadians 6-2 in the First Televised Hockey Game Montreal, Canada New York City Television National Hockey League Historic Firsts New York Times

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