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Today in History-February 25 Ellen DeGeneres hosts Oscars, 1st paper money in US

US  began using paper money in 1862
US began using paper money in 1862

February 25th was the day in history when…

2007: 79th Academy Awards hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. The popular comedienne and host of her own daytime talk show was the first openly homosexual person to host the Oscars. During her opening monologue she said, “What a wonderful night, such diversity in the room, in a year when there's been so many negative things said about people's race, religion and sexual orientation. And I want to put this out there: if there weren't blacks, Jews and gays, there would be no Oscars, or anyone named Oscar, when you think about that." DeGeneres won an Emmy for her performance on the Oscars.

1987: U.S. Supreme Court upholds affirmative action. A federal case against the Alabama Department of Public Safety alleged discrimination in their hiring practices. They had not hired a black trooper in their 30 year history. The department was court ordered to adjust their hiring to increase equality. Twelve years later there had been no significant changes had been made. Although a small number of black troopers had been hired, none had made it past entry level. The court then ordered specific racial quotas in hiring and promotion.

1862: Paper currency introduced in U.S. by President Abraham Lincoln. The Civil War had cost the country a lot and the government was running out of money. President Lincoln proposed issuing paper money on “the best banking paper.” Over the objections of some of those in Congress the bill was passed on this date. The currency remained in circulation until 1971.

Famous Birthdays:

1971: Sean Astin – actor
1966: Tea Leoni – actress
1943: George Harrison – musician, Beatles
1937: Bob Schieffer – newscaster
1928: Larry Gelbart – writer/producer/actor

Notable People Lost:

1999: Harry Rossoll – illustrator, created Smokey Bear
Tennessee Williams – playwright
1934: John McGraw – manager, New York Giants

Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):

Let's All Eat Right Day
Quiet Day

Thought for the day: Why do they say a football team is the 'world champion' when they don't play anybody outside the US?

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