What happened on January 25 News and Events on This Day in History
Major News Stories on 25th January include First Winter Olympics, Thailand Declares War Against Allies in WWII, Israel Holds First Election, First Emmy Awards are Presented, Charles Manson and Followers are Convicted of Murder, President Bush and Congress Agree on Stimulus Package
U.S. 1964 U.S.A. The Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
25th January, 1964: The Beatles get their first number one with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
U.S. 1933 U.S.A. New Rate 35 cents per hour
25th January, 1933 : Many state emergency work relief bureau are cutting the hourly rate for laborers from 40 cents per hour to 35 cents per hour and implementing a five day week . These changes will affect workers pay down from $19.00 per week to $14.00 per week in line with the changing economic trends throughout the country and should help to provide more work for those seeking jobs.
1990 UK Hurricane Force Winds
25th January, 1990 : Hurricane Force winds with sustained winds of 75 mph and wind gusts of 104 mph part of the "Burns' Day Storm" have forced many ports and airports to close in one of the worst storms seen in the UK since 1987, causing overturned lorries blocking motorways, buildings collapsing and power and telecommunications lines blown down, at least half a million homes are without electricity. Current estimates put the loss of life over 90 making this storm the worst for casualties since the East Coast Flood disaster in 1953.
Norway 1985 Norway Cold War Jitters
25th January, 1985 : Russia prepares to launch a nuclear attack following a Norwegian launch of a Black Brant XII four-stage sounding rocket to study the aurora borealis over Svalbard ( Which the Russians mistook for a Trident missile ) the rocket landed near Spitsbergen 24 minutes after launch and the Russians decided it was not an attack . To understand this you must also understand the great mistrust by both sides during the Cold War years when both believed the other would launch an attack without notification to gain an upper hand
India 2005 India Mandher Devi Temple Stampede
25th January, 2005 : Over 300 die in a stampede at the Mandher Devi Temple in India during the annual Kalubai Jatra pilgrimage the first full moon day in January when animal sacrifices to the goddess Kalubai are made. The yearly pilgrimage attracts more than 350,000 Hindu's every year
U.S. 1960 U.S.A. Payola Scandal
25th January, 1960 : The National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the Payola scandal ( The Payola scandal was about bribes being paid to Disc Jockeys to play specific songs to increase music sales without informing the public they were being paid for ) by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records.
France 1924 France Winter Olympics
25th January, 1924 : The first Winter Olympics games took place in the French Alps on this day. Two of the primary Sports that took place on this mountain were bob sled and ski jump competitions. In all, 12 events featuring the play of six different sports were scheduled.
Thailand 1942 World War II Thailand
25th January, 1942 : Thailand declared war against the United States, England, and other World War II allied forces on this day. Thailand was very much controlled by Japan at that time, and Thailand was considered one of Japan’s “puppets”.
U.S. 1945 U.S.A. Vaughn Moore
25th January, 1945 : Singer Vaughn Moore makes it to the top of the Billboard Pop Chart with his hit, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” The song is still one of the most popular holiday songs to this day.
U.S. 1947 U.S.A. Al Capone
25th January, 1947 : Al Capone dies of pneumonia and heart failure after fearing all his life he would suffer a gangsters death.
Israel 1949 Israel Election
25th January, 1949 : Israel holds it's first election
U.S. 1949 U.S.A. Emmy Awards
25th January, 1949 : The first Emmy Awards ( Televisions equivalent of the Oscars ) are presented At the Hollywood Athletic Club ( they were not really a National award more to do with local Television in Los Angeles ) but grew over the years from that point to include national and international television.
1957 Algiers French Troops Sent In
25th January, 1957 : Following a series of guerrilla warfare attacks by the Algerian National Liberation Front who were seeking independence from France on French Police, the French Army is deployed in Algiers to suppress the FLN organisation.
U.S. 1959 U.S.A. First Boeing 707 Internal US Flight
25th January, 1959 : American airlines begins first use of Jets for internal US flights from Los Angeles to New York on a Boeing 707 one way ticket costing $300
South Africa 1964 South Africa Echo 2
25th January, 1964 : A new man-made star that was launched into space was noticed in the sky on this day. This 13-story unit known as Echo 2 was traveling about 800 miles above South Africa on this day. Echo 2 was the second busiest and the heaviest of all satellites created up until this time.
It was constructed of mostly plastic with an aluminum foil skin and weight about 535 pounds. Echo 2 would be spotted every so often, as announced by NASA, who encouraged people to look out for it.
U.S. 1964 U.S.A. Kennedy
25th January, 1964 : Robert F. Kennedy paid tribute to his sister who was buried in Northern England. However, RFK was in England for another reason as well. He had met with British leaders to discuss details of his “Malaysian peace mission”.
U.S. 1964 U.S.A. Homes
25th January, 1964: Robert Baker’s Home did go very easily. As of this date in 1964, there were not many that were interested in it. It was believed that part of the reason his home did not sell very fast is because of the French wallpaper and lavender carpeting, which were apparently not very popular at this time.
It could have been for other reasons as well-one possibly being the fact that Robert Baker was no longer a Senate employee. He resigned under pressure the previous October.
U.S. 1968 Greenland H-bomb Found
25th January, 1968 : Remains of a hydrogen bomb (H-bomb) was found near Thule Air Base in Greenland. An explosion of this bomb had occurred after a B-52 had crashed (and burned) into thick Arctic ice. These bomb remains were recovered by the U.S. Air Force.
The remains of four more bombs were still missing at this time. These bombers were stored aboard a large Strategic Air Command.
France 1969 France Peace Talks Vietnam
25th January, 1969 : The first formal sessions of peace talks took place in Paris on this day. Henry Cabot Lodge, Chief peace negotiator proposed that a true DMZ (demilitarized zone) would be the first step towards peace.
Uganda 1971 Uganda General Idi Amin
25th January, 1971 : General Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda while President Milton Obote is away on a foreign visit troops seal off Entebbe airport.
U.S. 1971 U.S.A. Charles Manson
25th January, 1971 : Charles Manson is convicted, along with his Cult followers Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkle, of the brutal 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others
Bangladesh 1972 Bangladesh Recognized
25th January, 1972 : It was reported that the Russians and the Czechs both recognized Bangladesh as a nation on this day. This announcement was made by the Soviet consul-general to Prime Minister Mujibar Rahman in Tangal, which is located in Central Bangladesh.
U.S. 1972 U.S.A. Presidential Candidates
25th January, 1972 : Plans were made to send bodyguards to protect presidential candidates within the next month. As reported on this day, Congress had formed a committee from members of both the House and the Senate to discuss who exactly should receive this protection.
As of this day, it a general consensus had been made that the primary candidates for president and vice-presidents would receive protection. This protection-at least in eight of the cases-bodyguards from the Federal Secret Service would be assigned these protective duties.
U.S. 1972 U.S.A.
25th January, 1972 : On this day, there was talk of re-designating Congressional district counties, which would cause Oklahoma County to be split up in three ways. The biggest concern regarding this possible change is that it could affect which district current candidates would run in-especially if they had been in office before in a different district.
UK 1981 England New SDP Party
25th January, 1981 : Four senior Labour MP'S ( Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins, William Rodgers and David Owen ) have announced they will breakaway from Labour Party and set up their own political party.
In March they formed the Social Democratic Party SDP under the leadership of Roy Jenkins.
U.S. 1999 U.S.A. Corruption Olympic Committee
25th January, 1999 : Six members of the ( IOC ) International Olympic Committee face expulsion following an inquiry into corruption during the awarding of the 2002 Winter Games to Salt Lake City, in Utah.
Columbia 1999 Columbia Earthquake
25th January, 1999 : An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale killed more than 1,000 people in Colombia
Space 2004 Space Mars Rovers
25th January, 2004 : The second of two Nasa rovers sent to explore Mars has landed on the surface of the planet, where it will look for signs of water
U.S. 2005 U.S.A. BTK Killer
25th January, 2005 : The BTK killer sends a postcard to a Wichita Kansas TV Station that leads police to discover a Post Toasties cereal box that had been altered to contain the letters BTK. A month later, on February 25, Dennis Lynn Rader, a husband and father of two was taken into police custody and confessed to 10 counts of murder and being the BTK killer.
Palestine 2006 Palestine Hamas Wins Elections
25th January, 2006 : Hamas wins the Palestinian Legislative Council elections with 74 seats to the ruling-Fatah's 45, providing Hamas with the majority and the ability to form a majority government.
U.S. 2008 U.S.A. Medical Marijuana
24th January, 2008 : The California Supreme Court ruled yesterday that employers in the state can fire workers found to have used medical marijuana legally recommended by doctors.
U.S. 2008 U.S.A. Stimulus Package Agreed
24th January, 2008 : President Bush and House leaders agree to a $150 billion stimulus package, including rebates for most tax filers of up to $600 for individuals, $1,200 for couples and, for families, an additional $300 a child. The checks from the IRS begin arriving for American Taxpayers in May.
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U.S. 2010 U.S.A. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to send California prison inmates to Mexican jails
24th January, 2010 : The California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has suggested that the state
can reduce its prison spending by housing
undocumented inmates in Mexican jails. He says that the costs of building and
running the prisons in Mexico would be half
that of California's. The state already has one of the most overcrowded and
underfunded prison systems in the United States.
Last year's prison riots have resulted in authorities ordering plans to free
40,000 of the 150,000 inmates being held there.
Governor Schwarzenegger's plans are particularly aimed at shipping the state's
incarcerated illegal immigrants south of the
United States 2011 United States US Engineer Sentenced to Prison for Spying
25th January, 2011 : Noshir Gowadia, an Indian-born engineer in the
United States was sentenced to thirty-two years in prison after being found
guilty of selling United States military secrets to China. Gowadia was
accused of selling information relating to the creation of stealth missiles in
China for $110,000 between 2003 and 2005.
United States 2012 United States Gabrielle Giffords Resigns from US Congress
25th January, 2012 : Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords officially resigned from the US House of Representatives in order to complete her recovery after being shot by a gunman in January of 2011. Giffords received a standing ovation from her colleagues and many members of Congress paid tribute to her.
Italy 2013 Italy Earthquake Hits Near Bologna
25th January, 2013 : A 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Lucca, Italy. There were no initial reports of damage or injuries. The tremor was accompanied by several aftershocks which were felt throughout the region.
Celebrating Birthday's TodayAlicia KeysBorn: Alicia Augello Cook 25th January 1981 New York, United States Known For : Alicia Keys is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, pianist and actress. She was born in one of the roughest areas on New York ( Hells Kitchen ) where it was known in earlier decades as the home of organized crime. Alicia Keys attended Professional Performing Arts School where a number of other notable artists have attended including Britney Spears, and graduated at sixteen. She has had a successfull career as a solo artist winning eleven Grammy Awards, and 4 top selling albums Songs in A Minor, The Diary of Alicia Keys, Unplugged and As I Am . She has also had a number of singles that have not only topped the charts in the US but around the world including "Fallin'" and "No One".
Robert Burns Born: 25th January 1759 Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland Died: 21st July 1796 Dumfries, Scotland Known For : Rabbie Burns often called Scotland's favourite son, wrote a number of pieces that are still used to this day including Auld Lang Syne ( New Years Eve ) his birthday is celebrated even to this day as Burns Night, effectively a second national day, on 25 January with Burns suppers around the world wher some of his many works are recited
You may recognise parts of the 1794 song by Robert Burns A Red, Red Rose
O'my Luve's like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June: O'my Luve's like the melodie, That's sweetly play'd in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, So deep in luve am I; And I will luve thee still, my dear, Till a' the seas gang dry.
Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear, And the rocks melt wi' the sun; And I will luve thee still, my dear, While the sands o' life shall run.
And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve! And fare-thee-weel, a while! And I will come again, my Luve, Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!