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This Day In History: Feb. 25

Today is the 56th day of 2008 and the 66th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte returned to France from exile on the island of Elba. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which gives Congress the power to levy income taxes, went into effect. In 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, fled the Philippines.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), artist; Enrico Caruso (1873-1921), opera singer; John Foster Dulles (1888-1959), diplomat; George Harrison (1943-2001), musician; Sally Jessy Raphael (1943- ), TV personality, is 65; Sean Astin (1971- ), actor, is 37.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1964, Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, defeated Sonny Liston to win the heavyweight boxing crown.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art... if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost." - John Foster Dulles

TODAY'S FACT: Renoir was debilitated by arthritis in his later years but continued to paint from his wheelchair with a brush strapped to his arm.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 1,060 -pairs of shoes left behind by Imelda Romualdez Marcos when the former Philippine first lady was forced to flee the country in 1986.

TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (February 20) and last quarter (February 28).

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