by Bob Fields
On January 25:
1627 – Robert Boyle, Irish, regarded as the first modern chemist (d. 1691) (Boyle’s law).
1759 – Robert Burns, Scottish national poet (d. 1796) (“Auld Lang Syne“).
1860 – Charles Curtis*, 31st US Vice President 1929-33, the first with significant (3/8) Native American heritage (d. 1936).
1882 – Virginia Woolf, English author and critic (d. 1941) (A Room of One’s Own).
1928 – Eduard Shevardnadze*, Georgian general and politician, 2nd President of Georgia (d. 2014).
1933 – Corazon Aquino, 11th President of the Philippines, who toppled the 20-year authoritarian rule of President Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy (d. 2009).
1981 – Alicia Keys*, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress (“Fallin’“).
389 – Gregory of Nazianzus, Byzantine archbishop and saint (b. 329).
477 – Genseric, Vandals king, who captured and plundered Rome in June 455 (b. 389).
1852 – Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen*, Russian admiral, cartographer, and explorer who discovered Antarctica (b. 1778).
1947 – Al Capone, “Scarface”, American mobster (b. 1899).
1990 – Ava Gardner, American actress (b. 1922) (Mogambo, Show Boat).
1327 – Edward III becomes King of England, for 50 years. He started the Hundred Years’ War with France.
1533 – Henry VIII of England secretly marries his second wife Anne Boleyn. She is beheaded 3 years later.
1905 – At the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, a 3,106-carat (1.37 pound) diamond is discovered. The “Cullinan,” the largest diamond ever found, was cut into nine large stones, now on display in the Tower of London with Britain’s other crown jewels.
1915 – Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson* in San Francisco.
1924 – The first Winter Olympics opens in Chamonix, in the French Alps.
1942 – World War II: Thailand (under Japanese control) declares war on the United States and United Kingdom.
1949 – The first Emmy Awards ceremony at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
1955 – The Soviet Union ends the state of war with Germany.
1959 – American Airlines has the first scheduled transcontinental flight, of a Boeing 707.
1961 – In Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference.
1981 – Jiang Qing*, the widow of China’s Mao Zedong*, is sentenced to death.
1971 – Charles Manson and three female “Family” members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.
1971 – Idi Amin leads a coup and becomes Uganda’s president. Over 8 years he kills about 500,000 people.
2006 – The Islamic militant group Hamas wins a large majority of seats in Palestinian parliamentary elections.
2011 – The Egyptian revolution begins in Cairo, Alexandria, and other cities, with demonstrations to demand the end of President Hosni Mubarak*’s rule.
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