On this day.... January 25

JANUARY 25TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL OPPOSITE DAY
  • TODAY IS FLORIDA APPRECIATION DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL IRISH COFFEE DAY
  • TODAY IS THE FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL

BIRTHDAYS:

  • VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941)
  • ETTA JAMES (1938-2012)
  • ALICIA KEYS (1981, 37)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1533, HENRY VIII MARRIES ANNE BOLEYN
  • IN 1787, SHAYS’ REBELLION, A GROUP OF DESTITUTE FARMERS LED BY DANIEL SHAYS FAIL TO DEFEAT AN ARSENAL AT SPRINGFIELD, MASS
  • IN 1840, CHARLES WILKES’ NAVAL TEAM DISCOVERS ANTARCTICA
  • IN 1858, THE “WEDDING MARCH” IS PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE WEDDING OF QUEEN VICTORIA’S DAUGHTER TO THE CROWN PRINCE OF PRUSSIA
  • IN 1870, GUSTAVUS DOWS PATENTS THE SODA FOUNTAIN
  • IN 1877, THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS DECIDED IN CONGRESS WHERE RUTHERFORD B. HAYES IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OVER SAMUEL J. TILDEN


  • IN 1881, THOMAS EDISON AND ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL GO INTO BUSINESS TOGETHER IN A VENTURE CALLED “THE ORIENTAL TELEPHONE COMPANY”
  • IN 1890, NELLIE BLY CIRCUMNAVIGATES THE GLOBE IN 72 DAYS TO BEAT PHILEAS FOGG’S RECORD
  • IN 1915, ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL MAKES THE FIRST COAST TO COAST CALL FROM NEW YORK TO SAN FRANCISCO
  • IN 1917, THE US PURCHASES THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FROM DENMARK FOR $25 MILLION
  • IN 1918, RUSSIA DECLARES ITSELF TO BE A SOVIET REPUBLIC
  • IN 1924, CHAMONIX FRANCE HOSTS THE FIRST WINTER GAMES OF THE OLYMPICS
  • IN 1934, JOHN DILLINGER IS CAPTURED BY THE FBI FOR THREE WEEKS BEFORE ESCAPING
  • IN 1937, NBC RADIO DEBUTS “THE GUIDING LIGHT”
  • IN 1939, 10,000 PEOPLE DIE IN AN EARTHQUAKE IN CHILE
  • IN 1939, A TEAM LED BY ENRICO FERMI IN THE BASEMENT OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IS THE FIRST TO SPLIT A URANIUM ATOM AND CREATE NUCLEAR FISSION
  • IN 1940, THE NAZI PARTY ESTABLISHES THE JEWISH GHETTO IN LODZ, POLAND
  • IN 1945, GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN IS THE FIRST CITY TO ADD FLOURIDE TO ITS WATER
  • IN 1947, AL CAPONE DIES OF SYPHILLIS AT 48
  • IN 1961, KENNEDY HOLDS THE FIRST LIVE NATIONALLY TELEVISED NEWS CONFERENCE
  • IN 1961, DISNEY RELEASES “101 DALMATIONS”
  • IN 1964, THE BEATLES HIT #1 FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND”
  • IN 1964, BILL COSBY MARRIES HIS WIFE CAMILLE
  • IN 1970, ROBERT ALTMAN RELEASES “M*A*S*H”
  • IN 1971, CHARLES MANSON AND THREE OF HIS FEMALE FOLLOWERS ARE CONVICTED FOR THE MURDER OF SHARON TATE AND OTHERS
  • IN 1971, IDI AMIN LEADS A MILITARY COUP IN UGANDA
  • IN 1974, MCDONALD’S CEO ROY KROC BUYS THE SAN DIEGO PADRES FOR $12 MILLION
  • IN 1975, THE CARPENTERS WENT TO #1 WITH A COVER OF “PLEASE MR. POSTMAN”


  • IN 1979, POPE JOHN PAUL II TAKES HIS FIRST OVERSEAS TRIP AS POPE
  • IN 1980, PAUL MCCARTNEY IS RELEASED FROM JAIL AND DEPORTED FROM JAPAN
  • IN 1980, BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION (BET) DEBUTS
  • IN 1981, 52 AMERICAN HOSTAGES ARE RELEASED AFTER 444 DAYS IN IRAN
  • IN 1981, MAO ZEDONG’S WIDOW JIANG QING IS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN CHINA
  • IN 1983, KLAUS BARBIE, A NAZI WAR CRIMINAL, IS FOUND IN BOLIVIA
  • IN 1985, BERNHARD GOETZ IS ACQUITTED FOR HIS 1984 SHOOTING OF FOUR BLACK YOUTHS ON A NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY
  • IN 1988, WHILE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, GEORGE H.W. BUSH HOLDS A CONTENTIOUS INTERVIEW WITH DAN RATHER AROUND HIS ROLE IN THE IRAN CONTRA AFFAIR
  • IN 1989, BOBBY BROWN IS ARRESTED FOR LEWDNESS AFTER A SHOW IN COLUMBUS
  • IN 1989, MICHAEL JORDAN REACHES 10,000 POINTS IN HIS FIFTH NBA SEASON
  • IN 1993, SEARS ANNOUNCES THE END OF ITS SEARS CATALOGUE AFTER 97 YEARS
  • IN 1993, TWO PEOPLE ARE KILLED AND THREE OTHERS WOUNDED IN A SHOOTING OUTSIDE CIA HEADQUARTERS IN LANGLEY, VIRGINIA
  • IN 1994, MICHAEL JACKSON SETTLES A LAWSUIT OUT OF COURT OVER ALLEGATIONS THAT HE MOLESTED A 13 YEAR OLD BOY


  • IN 1994, R. KELLY RELEASES “BUMP AND GRIND”, 1994 BILLBOARD SONG OF THE YEAR
  • IN 1996, COMPOSER JONATHAN LARSON DIES AT 35 JUST BEFORE HIS PLAY “RENT” DEBUTS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1998, “GREASE” CLOSES ON BROADWAY AFTER OVER 1500 PERFORMANCES
  • IN 1998, DAVID BECKHAM ANNOUNCES HE IS ENGAGED TO VICTORIA BECKHAM
  • IN 1998, POPE JOHN PAUL II VISITS CUBA
  • IN 2017, MARY TYLER MOORE DIES AT 80

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