25 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Robert Boyle, 1627
  • Robert Burns, 1759
  • Somerset Maugham, 1874
  • Virginia Woolf, 1882
  • Mildred Dunnock, 1906
  • Edwin Newman, 1919
  • Eduard Shevardnadze, 1928
  • Corazon Aquino, 1933
  • Dean Jones, 1936
  • Etta James, 1938
  • Alicia Keys, 1981

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Gregory IV, AD 844
  • Pope Anacletos II, 1138
  • Amadeo Modigliani, 1920
  • Al Capone, 1947
  • Ava Gardner, 1990
  • John Hurt, 2017
  • Mary Tyler Moore, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1327 - King Edward III accedes to the throne of England.
  • 1533 - Henry VIII weds a pregnant Anne Boleyn despite still being legally married to Catherine of Aragon.
  • 1787 - 1100 farmers in Massachusetts march on Springfield arsenal seeking reforms in Shay's Rebellion.
  • 1839 - First photographic negative published by W.H. Fox-Talbot.
  • 1915 - Cross-country phone service starts with call from Alexander Graham Bell in N.Y. to Watson in S.F.
  • 1924 - Winter Olympics inaugurated.
  • 1934 - Bank robber John Dillinger captured in Tucson, AZ
  • 1945 - Grand Rapids, MI becomes first city to fluoridate its public water supply.
  • 1945 - Audie Murphy earns Metal of Honor in Holtzwihr, France by holding off advance of Germans.
  • 1949 - Emmy Awards first presented in Hollywood for television excellence; 'Pantomime Quiz' is winner.
  • 1971 - Idi Amin deposes Milton Obote.
  • 1973 - Life Magazine ends publication after 36 years.
  • 1981 - 52 U.S. hostages return home from Iran after 444 days in captivity.
  • 2011 - Inspired by recent public revolt in Tunisia, Egyptians demonstrate nationwide against 30 year-old Mubarak regime.
  • 2017 - Dow Jones slides over 20,000 for first time, only 64 days after hitting 19,000.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Juventinus and Maximinus
  • Paul
  • Apollo
  • Publius
  • Praejectus or Prix
  • Poppo

Holiday:

  • Robert Burns Day celebrated in Scotland

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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