Daily Archives: February 25, 2016

Actor, Khmer Rouge death camp survivor Haing S. Ngor murdered 20 years ago this hour (Feb 25 1996)


(Sunday, February 25, 1996, 8:45 p.m. PST) — Actor Dr. Haing S. Ngor, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in The Killing Fields and was a real-life survivor of the Khmer Rouge death camps, was shot to death today outside his home in Los Angeles. He was 45.

Three gang members were later convicted of the murder.

‘We Are The World’ takes four Grammy awards 30 years ago this hour (Feb 25 1986)

Video: '28th Grammy Awards (1986)- nearly complete broadcast'

(Tuesday, February 25, 1986, 8:00-11:00 p.m. EST) — “We Are The World,” the all-star recording that raised millions of dollars for African famine relief, won four Grammys tonight during the 28th Annual Grammy Awards at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.

“We Are The World,” an anthem that was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson and recorded by 45 top stars, was voted Record of the Year and Song of the Year and picked up two more Grammys for best pop group performance and best short video.

Phil Collins No Jacket Required was voted best album of the year.

Soviet leader Khrushchev lashes out at Stalin in ‘Secret Speech’ 60 years ago today (Feb 25 1956)

Video: 'Khrushchev Secret Speech'

(Saturday, February 25, 1956) — In a sensational “Secret Speech” to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounced Joseph Stalin today as a brutal despot, painting a graphic picture of a regime of “suspicion, fear, and terror” built up under the former dictator, who died three years ago.

Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines 30 years ago this hour (Feb 25 1986)

Video: 'Ferdinand Marcos And Imelda Marcos Downfall Part 1

(Tuesday, February 25, 1986, 9:05 p.m. PHT; during the People Power Revolution) — Ferdinand Marcos, facing pressure from all sides to give up his rule of the Philippines, left the presidential palace in Manila tonight and traveled by helicopter to Clark Air Base where, accompanied by his wife, Imelda, he boarded an American Air Force flight for Guam (and then onto Honolulu), ending 20 years as president.

Corazon C. Aquino succeeded him, saying “a new life” had begun for her country.