On This Day: What happened on 25 February?


Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 25 February, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1954 | Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussain is appointed as the Prime Minister of Egypt. 

1965 | Owen McCann, the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Cape Town, is appointed as the first South African Cardinal by Pope Paul VI in St Peter’s Basilica. 

1986 | 25 000 Egyptian military staged a violent protest in Cairo. They targeted tourist areas and destroyed 2 luxury hotels.

1990 | Nelson Mandela addresses 100 000 ANC followers in an effort to promote peace in Natal. 

2014 | The Boko Haram killed 59 boys at a government college in Buni Yadi, Nigeria. 

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1991 | First President of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa, Mhlabunzima Maphumulo (41)

2020 | Former President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak (91) 


1937 | South African artist, Daniel Sefundi Rakgoathe

1986 | South African actor, Eric Macheru

1987 | South African stage actor, Jonathan Roxmouth

1991 | South African water polo player, Devon Card


2011 | Tunisia wins the African Nations Championship for the first time. The team won 3-0 against Angola.

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2012 | South Africa qualifies for the London Olympics after winning the field hockey Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. 



2001 | 54th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): Gladiator wins the award for the Best Film.

2015 | BRIT Awards: X by Ed Sheeran received the Best Album award.


The length and breadth of the African continent are about the same. It measures around 4 660km from north to south and from east to west.

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