John’s Believe It Or Not… February 25th

Fioravanti stands in front of the classroom blackboard with his hands on his hips. Picture was taken in August, 2006.

It’s Sassy Saturday! Did you know…

* 1942 – Beginning of the Japanese Canadian Internment. (Japanese Canadians and recent immigrants from Japan were interned in POW-like camps away from the Pacific Coast out of fear they might assist any future invasion by Japanese forces. None were found guilty of any crime.)

1570 Pope Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England from the Catholic Church and absolves her subjects from allegiance to the crown.

Pictures of the front and back sides of the first US Greenback $1 bill in 1862.1862 Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in the US by President Abraham Lincoln. (On this day in 1862, the U.S. Congress passes the Legal Tender Act, authorising the use of paper notes to pay the government’s bills. This ended the long-standing policy of using only gold or silver in transactions, and it allowed the government to finance the enormously costly Civil War long after its gold and silver reserves were depleted.)

Head shot of Hiram Rhodes Revels.1870 African American congressman sworn in. (Hiram Rhoades Revels, a Republican from Natchez, Mississippi, is sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in Congress. During the Civil War, Revels, a college-educated minister, helped form African American army regiments for the Union cause, started a school for freed men, and served as a chaplain for the Union army. Posted to Mississippi, Revels remained in the former Confederate state after the war and entered into Reconstruction-era Southern politics.)

Clay delivers a left jab to the chin of Sonny Liston.1964 Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston. (On February 25, 1964, underdog Cassius Clay, age 22, defeats champion Sonny Liston in a technical knockout to win the world heavyweight boxing crown. The highly anticipated match took place in Miami Beach, Florida. Clay, who later became known to the world as Muhammad Ali, went on to become the first fighter to capture the heavyweight title three times.)

Look who was born on this date!

Portrait of Jose-de-San-Martin.José de San Martín in 1778. (Argentine general and a key leader of South America’s successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire that led to independence in Argentina, Chile and Peru.)


Head shot of Anthony Burgess.Anthony Burgess in 1917. (Novelist: One of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth century. Although predominantly a comic writer, his dystopian satire “A Clockwork Orange” remains his best-known novel.)


Head shot of George HarrisonGeorge Harrison in 1943. (Singer-Songwriter: English musician, singer and songwriter who became famous as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.Most Beatles albums included at least one Harrison song, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something”, which became the Beatles’ second-most-covered song.)





Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

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