25th January, on this day 

817 Pope Paschal I begins renign
1139 Godfried II the Young becomes duke of Brabant
1308 Royal Wedding: Edward II of England married Isabella of France
1327 King Edward III accedes to British throne
1348 Earthquake destroys Villach, killing 5,000
1494 Alfonso II replaces his father as king of Naples
1533 Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn - the second of his six wives - are secretly married by the Bishop of Lichfield
1554 Sir Thomas Wyatt gathers an army in Kent, rebels against Queen Mary
1565 Battle at Talikota India Moslems destroy Vijayanagar's army
1721 Czar Peter the Great ends Russian-orthodox patriarchy
1775 Americans drag cannon up hill to fight British (Gun Hill Road, Bronx)
1782 Battle of St. Kitts between a British fleet under Rear-Admiral Sir Samuel Hood and a larger French fleet under the Comte de Grasse.
1787 Shays' Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Captain Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield MA
1799 1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont
1802 France's Napoleon Bonaparte becomes President of the Italian Republic
1817 Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" premieres in Rome
1825 1st US engineering college opens, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Troy NY
1831 Polish Diet proclaims the independence of Poland and abolishes the monarchy of the Romanovs
1841 Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
1856 Battle of Seattle; skirmish between settlers and Indians
1858 Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" 1st played, at wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia
1859 Introduction of 'Burns Night' in Scotland - the now traditional annual celebration of Scotland's national poet
1863 General Joseph Hooker replaces Burnside as head of Army of Potomac
1865 The CSS Shenandoah arrives in Melbourne, Australia
1870 Soda fountain patented by Gustavus Dows
1877 Congress determines presidential election between Hayes-Tilden
1882 Bilu, a Russian Zionist organization, forms
1890 Nellie Bly beats Phileas Fogg's time around world by 8 days (72 days)
1890 United Mine Workers of America forms
1904 179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, PA
1905 Battle of Sandepu : a major land battle of the Russo-Japanese War
1915 Transcontinental telephone service inaugurated (New York to San Francisco)
1916 Montenegro surrenders to Austria-Hungary
1918 Russia declared a republic of Soviets
1919 Founding of League of Nations, 1st meeting 1 year later
1921 Karel Capék's "RUR" premieres in Prague
1924 The start of the first Winter Olympics at Chamonix in the French Alps
1934 In America, detectives capture gangster and Public Enemy Number One John Dillinger
1937 Miami-to-Tampa bus overturned in a canal, kills 13
1939 Earthquake hits Chillán Chile, 10,000 killed
1940 Nazi decrees the establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
1942 Thailand declares war on the United States and United Kingdom; Japanese troops invade the Solomon Islands.
1945 American navy bombards Iwo Jima in preparation for invasion
1945 Grand Rapids MI becomes 1st US city to fluoridate its water
1945 Japanese occupiers of Batavia arrest Indo-European youths
1945 West Africa 82nd division occupies Myohaung, Burma
1949 1st Israeli election - Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins
1951 UN begins counter offensive in Korea
1955 Russia ends state of war with Germany
1955 Columbia University scientists develop an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years
1955 US and Panamá sign canal treaty
1957 FBI arrests Jack and Myra Sobel, charged with spying for the USSR
1959 1st transcontinental commercial jet flight (American) (Los Angeles to New York for $301)
1961 1st live, nationally televised Presidential news conference (JFK)
1961 Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations" released
1961 Military coup in El Salvador
1964 Beatles 1st US number 1, "I Want to Hold your Hand"
1964 Echo 2, US communications satellite launched
1965 Hindi becomes the official language of India
1966 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
1969 US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
1970 Robert Altman's "M*AS*H" premieres
1971 Charles Manson and 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders
1971 Himachal Pradesh becomes 18th Indian state
1971 In Uganda, former Army corporal Idi Amin overthrows President Milton Obote and appoints himself head of state
1974 Bülent Ecevit forms government in Turkey
1974 South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard transplanted the first human heart without removal of the old one
1975 Parliament disposes of premier sheik Mujib ur-Rahman
1979 22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan
1979 Pope John Paul II's 1st overseas trip as supreme pontiff
1980 Highest speed attained by a warship, 167 kph, USN hovercraft
1980 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail and deported
1980 Banisadr elected President of Iran
1981 In Britain, the 'Gang of Four' - Labour Party politicians Roy Jenkins; David Owen; Shirley Williams and Bill Rodgers - leave Labour to form their own new party, the SDP - the Social Democratic Party
1981 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived back in US
1981 Jiang Qing, the widow of former Chinese leader Mao Tse-Tung, is found guilty of treason and sentenced to death - later commuted to life imprisonment
1983 China's supreme court commutes Chiang Ch'ing's death sentence to life
1983 Infrared telescope satellite launched into polar orbit
1983 Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie arrested in Bolivia
1986 General Tito Okello's government flees Kampala Uganda
1988 Vice President Bush and Dan Rather clash on "CBS Evening News" as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in the Iran-Contra affair
1988 Ramsewak Shankar sworn in as President of Suriname
1990 Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is transferred to a Miami jail
1990 Avianca Flight 52, runs out of fuel and crashes in Cove Neck NY, 73 die
1990 West-Europe's strongest hurricane
1991 Manuel Noriega is given access to assets frozen by US government
1992 Russian President Boris Yeltsin says Russia will stop targeting cities in the USA with its nuclear missiles
1993 Puerto Rico adds English as its 2nd official language
1993 Sears announces it is closing its catalog sales department after 97 years
1994 Without admitting guilt, American pop star Michael Jackson settles a lawsuit that claimed he had molested a young boy
1994 Mine fire at Asansol, India, kills 55
1994 US space probe Clementine launched
1995 Jacques Santer succeeds Jacques Delors as chairman of European Committee
1998 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba and demands release of political prisoners
1998 Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement
1998 Spice Girl Victoria Adams (Posh) and soccer David Beckham gets engaged
1999 Six members of the Olympics Comitee have to face bribery charges
1999 An Earthquake in Columbia leaves three hundred people dead, and roughly a thousand injured
2001 A 50-year-old Douglas DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela killing 24.
2002 Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software ("Phase II") aka Magnus Manske Day.
2004 Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.
2005 A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258.
2006 Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star.

25th January 2006

Cash meant for Iraqis 'misused'

Google move 'black day' for China

Iran accuses UK of bombing link

25th January 2007

Donors in aid boost for Lebanon

Ford hit by record $12.7bn loss

US military unveils heat-ray gun

25th January 2008

Gazans make new border wall hole

Beirut bomb kills top policeman

SA gold mines shut by power cuts

25th January 2009

Last Tamil Tiger bastion 'taken'

Vietnam ferry accident 'kills 40'

Crash kills Nigerian footballers

25th January 2010

Ethiopian Airlines jet crashes into sea

Triple bombing in Baghdad

'Chemical Ali' executed in Iraq

Birthdates which occurred on 25th January :

0749 Leo IV (the Khazar) Byzantine emperor (775-80)
1477 Anna de Bretagne wife of Maximilian of Austria & Louis XII
1509 Giovanni Morone Italian theologist/diplomat/cardinal/"heretic"
1540 Edmund Campion London, saint/Jesuit martyr (December Rationes)
1615 Govert Flinck Dutch painter (Isaac blesses Jacob)
1626 John van de Cappelle Amsterdam, landscape painter
1627 Robert Boyle Ireland, physicist/chemist/author (experiments with color)
1634 Gaspar Fagel lawyer/pension advisor of Holland (1672-88)
1693 Anna Ivanova Romanova daughter of Ivan V/empress of Russia (1730-40)
1708 Pompeo Girolamo Batoni Italian painter
1728 Antoine Court de Gébelin French vicar/writer
1736 Joseph-Louis comte de Lagrange, Turin, French mathematician
1741 Benedict Arnold General /traitor (US revolution)
1750 Johann Gottfried Vierling composer
1759 Robert Burns Alloway Scotland, poet (Auld Lang Syne)
1766 Hans Freiherr von Gagern German advisor to Dutch king Willem I
1770 Francis Burdett British politician
1777 Elias Canneman Dutch liberal minister of Finance (1813-14)
1796 William McGillivray Old Aberdeen, naturalist
1806 Daniel Maclise Irish painter
1814 Francis Harrison Pierpont Governor (Union), died in 1899
1826 Rembt van Boneval Faure Dutch MP
1834 Pablo Hernandez Salces composer
1839 Seldon Connor Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1917
1841 John Arbuthnot Fisher Ceylon, 1st Baron Fisher/admiral of the fleet
1844 Frederick E Kitziger composer
1851 Arne Garborg Norwegian playwright (Bondestudentar)
1851 Jan Blockx Belgium, opera composer (Sea Bride princess of Herberg)
1858 Giuseppe Radiciotti composer
1860 Charles Curtis (R) 31st US VP (1929-33)
1866 Emile Vandervelde leader of Belgian BWP party
1874 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop
1874 [William] Somerset Maugham Paris, novelist/poet (Of Human Bondage)
1880 Francis George Scott composer
1881 Emil Ludwig German biographer (Diana, Son of Man)
1881 Gustave Frederic Soderlund composer
1882 Virginia [Adeline] Woolf London, author (Jacob's Room, To the Lighthouse)
1884 Edward Kilenyi composer
1885 A J Else Mauhs German/Dutch actress (Eline Vere, L'aiglon)
1886 Wilhelm Fürtwängler Berlin Germany, conductor/composer
1887 Diego Valeri Italian author/poet (Le Gaie Tristezze)
1889 Vladimir Vladimirovich Scherbachov composer
1891 Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies Britian, actress (Cleopatra)
1891 William C Bullitt 1st US ambassador to USSR
1896 John Moores British gambling magnate/multi-millionaire
1898 Joachim Wach German/US philosopher/sociologist (Understanding)
1899 Ace Goodman Kansas City MO, comedian (Easy Aces)
1899 Paul-Henri Spaak Belgium, statesman, leader in European integration
1900 Mildred Dunnock Baltimore MD, actress (Baby Doll, Nun's Story)
1900 Theodosius Dobzhansky Ukraine, geneticist/writer (Mankind Evolving)
1901 Eric Brown architect
1902 Gerard P M Knuvelder Dutch literature historian (Vocation, Kitty)
1903 "Sleepy" John Estes rocker
1904 Frans Goedhart Dutch journalist/founder (Het Parool)
1904 Géza Frid Hungarian/Dutch composer/pianist
1908 Lord Iliffe English publisher (Coventry Evening Telegraph/Autocar)
1908 W H V "Hopper" Levett cricket keeper (England in 1 Test in Calcutta)
1910 Harold Watkinson politician/businessman
1910 Hendrik Willem Hans Osieck composer
1911 Julia Frances Smith composer
1912 Lucius E Burch Jr US lawyer/civil rights leader
1913 Witold Lutoslawski Warsaw Poland, composer (Jeux Vénitiens)
1915 Michael Duane educationalist
1918 Ken Mayers actor (Robbie Robertson-Space Patrol)
1919 Edwin Newman New York City NY, newscaster/journalist/author (NBC-TV, Comment)
1919 Patricia Louise Dalton chair (Sherlock Holmes Society of London)
1921 Alfred Reed composer
1921 Russell Reading Braddon Australian author
1922 Jules P de Palm Antilles writer
1922 Raymond Baxter British TV host/author (Fast Lady)
1923 Eva Zeller writer
1924 Lou "The Toe" Groza AAFC, NFL tackle, kicker (Cleveland Browns)
1925 Eric Dempster cricketer (New Zealand slow bowl of mid-50's, bowling average 109.5)
1927 Gregg Palmer San Francisco CA, actor (Scream, To Hell & Back)
1927 Antonio Carlos Jobim composer
1927 Seung Sahn Zen teacher (Korean line)
1928 Eduard Shevardnadze Soviet Georgia, foreign minister of USSR (1985-91)
1931 Dean Jones Decatur AL, actor (Ensign O'Toole, Company, Love Bug)
1931 Harold Lloyd Jr actor (Frankenstein's Daughter)
1931 Paavo J Haavikko Finnish writer/poet/husband of Marja-Liisa Vartio
1931 Stikkan Stig Anderson, music entrepreneur
1933 Corazón Aquino President of Philippines (1986-92)
1934 Elizabeth Allen Jersey City NJ, actress (Laura-Bracken's World)
1936 Dan Schaefer (Representative-R-CO, 1983- )
1936 Diana Hyland Cleveland Heights OH, actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough)
1937 Don Maynard NFL receiver (New York Jets), #13
1937 Kathleen Tynan Halton writer
1938 Betico Croes Arubian politician (Status Aparte)
1938 Etta James [Jamesette Hawkins], US singer (Roll With Me Henry)
1941 Elzie "Buddy" Baker race-car driver
1945 Leigh Taylor-Young Washington DC, actress (Peyton Place, Alice B Toklas)
1946 Ronnie Brandon rocker (McCoys)
1946 Josephine M Verspaget sociologist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
1946 Silvio Blatter writer
1950 Michael Cotton rocker (Tubes)
1950 Gloria Naylor US author (Women of Brewster Place)
1951 Steve Prefontaine Coos Bay OR, 5K distance runner (Olympics-4th-1972)
1953 Malcolm Green rocker (Split Enz-I Got You)
1954 Condredge Holloway Alabama, CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto)
1954 Richard Finch rock bassist (KC & Sunshine-That's the Way I Like It)
1956 Andy Cox Birmingham England, rock guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
1957 Martha Elizabeth Thomsen Moses Lake WA, playmate (May, 1980)
1957 Edmund Theodore Sylvers rocker (Sylvers)
1957 Jeff Gossett NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
1957 Jenifer Lewis actress (Girl 6, Meteor Man, Sister Act)
1958 Dinah Manoff New York City NY, actress (Elaine-Soap, Carol-Empty Nest)
1958 Gary Brian Tibbs London, rock bassist (Adam & The Ants, Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together)
1958 Harti Weirather Austrian alpine skier
1961 Michele Tobin Chicago IL, actress (Fitzpatricks)
1962 Chris Chelios Chicago IL, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team USA)
1963 Carl Fysh rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
1963 Joe Lloyd Highland Park IL, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Space Coast)
1963 Suzanne Klemann Dutch singer (Loïs Lane-I Wanna Be)
1964 Chip Foster actor/twin of Pepper (Chip & Pepper's Surf's Up Saturday)
1964 Pepper Foster actor/twin of Chip (Chip & Pepper's Surf's Up Saturday)
1964 Bob Sweeney Concord, NHL center (New York Islanders, Calgary Flames)
1964 William Thomas Andrade Fall River MA, PGA golfer (1991 Kemper Open)
1965 Brian Holman Winfield KS, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners)
1965 Esa Tikkanen Helsinki Finland, NHL left wing (Panthers, Canucks, Olympics-B-98)
1966 John [Vo] Velyvis North Adams MA, rower (Olympics-1996)
1966 Mark Schlereth NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl XXXII)
1966 Paul Ranheim St Louis MO, NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers)
1966 Pavel Torgajev Nizhnij Novgorod, NHL left wing (Calgary Flames)
1966 Richie Lewis US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
1967 Mario Brunetta hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998)
1967 Marty Calder St Catharine ON, 62 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics-12-92,96)
1967 Randy Mckay Montréal Québec Canada, NHL right wing (New Jersey Devils)
1968 Lynette Brooky New Zealand, golfer (New Zealand Open 1993/94)
1968 Roosevelt Collins WLAF DL (Amsterdam Admirals)
1968 Tim De Leede cricketer (Holland batsman 1996 World Cup)
1969 Jesse Harte Rome GA, heavy metal vocalist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
1969 Heidi Wolfgramm rocker (Jets)
1969 Nolan Harrison NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Pitt Steelers)
1969 Penny Moore WNBA guard/forward (Charlotte Sting)
1970 Chris Mills NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks)
1970 Milt Stegall CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
1970 Pau Coll WLAF kicker/safety (Barcelona Dragons)
1970 Scott Hendrickson CFL guard (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
1971 China Slick rocker (daughter of Grace Slick)
1971 Herman Smith NFL/WLAF defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, London Monarchs)
1971 Jordan Young Thunder Bay Ontario, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Purdue)
1971 Kerry Taylor US baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)
1971 Kevin Williams receiver/kick returner (Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys)
1971 Konstantin Matoussevich Israel, Men's high jump (Olympics-7th-1996)
1971 Tommie Jones WLAF cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals)
1971 Vincent Brisby NFL wide receiver (New England Patriots)
1973 Anthony Harris linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
1973 Elvis Presley Jr alleged son of Elvis Presley
1973 Marco Battaglia tight end (Cincinnati Bengals)
1973 Rodney Young NFL safety (New York Giants)
1973 Terrell Wade Rembert SC, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
1974 Jonathan Bryan Colling Boston MA, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys)
1974 Adam Meadows offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
1974 Daniel Sproule Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics-96)
1975 John Piersma US, 200m/400m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-4th-96)
1976 Tara Fleming N York Ontario, LPGA golfer (1992 LPGA Corning-10th)
1978 Christine Lakin actress (Alicia Lambert-Step by Step)
1978 Mandy Carraway Miss Kansas Teen-USA (1996)
1980 Amanda Michelle Burns Miss West Virginia Teen-USA (1997)


Deaths which occurred on January 25th:
1138 Anacletus II [Pietro Pierleone], Jewish anti-pope (1130-38), dies
1139 Godfried I with the Beard, duke of Brabant/Earl of Leuven, dies
1494 Ferdinand I cruel king of Naples, dies
1547 Lieven Algoet Flemish humanist, dies
1586 Lucas Cranach "the Young" German painter, dies at 70
1640 Robert Burton author (Anatomy of Melancholy), dies
1726 Guillaume Delisle French geographer (Atlas géographique), dies at 50
1733 Reinier V van Hompech Dutch General-Major cavalry, dies
1744 Domenico Natale Sarro Italian opera composer, dies at 64
1820 Joseph F Weigl German/Austria violin cellist, dies at 79
1821 Johan Valckenier Dutch politician/patriot, dies at 62
1829 William Shield composer, dies at 80
1855 Dorothy Wordsworth writer, dies at 83
1875 Leopold Jansa composer, dies at 79
1882 Peter Singer composer, dies at 71
1896 Frans C Baeckelmans Flemish architect (Court of Justice), dies at 68
1896 Frederic Leighton President of the Royal Academy (1878-96), dies
1899 Alfredo d'Escragnolle French/Brazilian writer (Innocencia), dies
1906 Joseph Wheeler II Confederate General, dies at 70
1906 Pierre L Goossens Belgian archbishop of Malines/Cardinal, dies at 78
1910 Léon Walras French economist (School of Lausanne), dies at 75
1917 Edwin Tyler cricketer (slow-lefty played once for England 1896), dies
1920 Amadeo Modigliani Italian sculptor/painter, dies at 35
1921 Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych composer, dies at 43
1942 Eugene Samuel-Holeman composer, dies at 78
1947 Al Capone Chicago gangster, dies of syphilis at 48
1949 Emil Axman composer, dies at 61
1952 Sveinn Bjørnsson Danish 1st President of Iceland (1944-52), dies at 70
1960 Diana Barrymore actress (Ladies Courageous), dies at 38
1960 Rutland Boughton composer, dies at 82
1963 Wilson Kettle Newfoundland, dies at 102, leaving 582 living descendents
1965 Staff Nees Flemish composer (Maria-oratorio), dies at 63
1968 Virginia Maskell actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31
1969 John Zajíc Czech student, self incinerates
1970 Eunice Hunton Carter 1st black female District Attorney in NY, dies at 70
1970 Marie Benavente actress (Paradise), dies at 84
1975 Vivien Kellems TV hostess (The Power of Women), dies at 78
1977 Donald Kerr actor (Devil Bat, Killer Bats), dies at 85
1978 Tango Duke dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse
1979 J Robertson Hare actor (Fighting Stock), dies at 87
1980 David Newell actor (Dangerous Curves, White Heat), dies at 75
1981 Adele Marie Astaire actress/sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), dies at 82
1981 Richard Talmadge actor (Speed Reporter), dies
1982 Mihail A Suslov Soviet party ideologist, dies at 79
1986 Ernst Schnabel writer, dies at 72
1986 Horace Smith cricketer (1 Test New Zealand vs England 1933, one wicket at 113), dies
1987 Emil Hlobil composer, dies at 85
1988 Colleen Moore actress (These Girls Won't Talk), dies at 87
1990 Alexander Lockwood actor (Duel), dies
1990 Ava Gardner actress (Barefoot Contessa), dies from pneumonia in London at 67
1990 Ian Dudley Hardy entertainer, dies
1991 Stanley Brock actor (Tin Men), dies of heart attack at 59
1992 John Touchstone actor (Across Five Aprils), dies of cirrhosis at 59
1992 Mahmoud Riad Secretary-General of Arab League (1972-79), dies
1992 Nico Schuyt Dutch composer, dies at 70
1992 Vernon William Reed Sr singer, dies after a long illness at 73
1994 Stephen Cole Kleene mathematician (Regular Expressions), dies at 85
1995 Peter Black TV critic, dies at 82
1995 Tom Brugman Dutch puppeteer (Brave Dodo), dies at 62
1995 William Sylvester actor (2001, Devil Doll, Blind Corner), dies at 72
1996 Jonathan Larson composer, dead Aortic aneurysm at 35
1996 Ruth Berghaus choreographer/director, dies at 68
1997 Herbert Eugene Caen columnist, dies at 80
1997 Jeanne Dixon psychic (Gift of Prophecy), dies of a heart attack at 79
1998 Mohammad Yusuf Khan prime minister of Afghanistan in (1963-65), dies

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