On this day: February 25

POSTED: 08:08 PM PST Feb 24, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 24, 2014 

Samuel Colt patents his revolver, the first black U.S. senator takes his seat, Muhammad Ali wins his first heavyweight title, and Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines, all on this day.

OTD February 25 - Queen Elizabeth I
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1570: Pope Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England over the Church of England's re-established separation from the Catholic Church. The papal bull entitled "Regnans in Excelsis" labeled Elizabeth a heretic and released all her subjects from any allegiance to her, threatening excommunication for anybody who obeyed her orders.

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