Home Today's History Lesson TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON: JAN 25



2019 – Longest-ever US government shutdown ends after 35 days when President Donald Trump agrees to three week of negotiations on border security by a House-Senate conference committee

0041 – After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate

1327 – King Edward III accedes to the English throne aged 14, after his mother Isabella of France, and her lover Roger Mortimer depose his father Edward II

1494 – Alfonso II succeeds his father as King of Naples

1504 – The English Parliament passed statutes against retainers and liveries to curb private warfare.

1533 – England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I.

1554 – Founding of the city of São Paulo in Brazil

1554 – Sir Thomas Wyatt gathers an army in Kent, rebels against Queen Mary

1579 – The Treaty of Utrecht was signed marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.

1721 – Tsar Peter the Great ends Russian-orthodox patriarchy

1755 – Moscow University is established by Elizabeth of Russia and founded by Mikhail Lomonosov on Tatiana Day

1787 – Shays’ Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Massachusetts

1819 – University of Virginia chartered by Commonwealth of Virginia, with Thomas Jefferson one of its founders

1840 – American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes is first to identify Antarctica as a new continent

1856 – Battle of Seattle; skirmish between settlers & Indians

1858 – Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was presented for the first time at the wedding of the daughter of Queen Victoria and the Crown Prince of Prussia.

1870 – G.D. Dows patented the ornamental soda fountain.

1877 – Congress establishes the Electoral Commission to determine the disputed presidential election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden

1890 – The United Mine Workers of America was founded.

1904 – 179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, Pennsylvania

1924 – The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.

1937 – NBC radio presented the first broadcast of “The Guiding Light.” The show remained on radio until 1956 and began on CBS-TV in 1952.

1939 – 1st nuclear fission experiment (splitting of a uranium atom) in the US, in basement of Pupin Hall, Columbia University by a team including Enrico Fermi

1945 – Grand Rapids, Michigan, becomes 1st US city to fluoridate its water

1946 – The United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.

1950 – A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.

1955 – Columbia University scientists develop an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years

1957 – FBI arrests Jack & Myra Sobel, charged with spying for USSR

1961 – Walt Disney’s animated film “101 Dalmatians”, based on the novel by Dodie Smith and directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske is released in the US

1961 – John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television.

1964 – Nike was founded. The company was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports.

1971 – Maj. Gen. Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda.

1977 – The world’s first solar power plant is opened, The solar furnace in Odeillo, France was the first power plant providing alternative energy.

1978 – Muriel Humphrey (D-Mn) appointed to fill late husband’s Senate seat

1979 – 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US

1981 – The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States and were reunited with their families.

1983 – Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie arrested in Bolivia

1988 – US Vice President George H. W. Bush and Dan Rather famously clash on “CBS Evening News” as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair

1991 – Manuel Noriega is given access to assets frozen by US government

1993 – Five people were shot outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia resulting in two murders.

1993 – Puerto Rico adds English as its 2nd official language

1993 – Sears announces it is closing its catalog sales department after 97 years

1994 – Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court

1998 – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka’s Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others.

1999 – In Louisville, KY, man received the first hand transplant in the United States.

1999 – After an inquiry into a corruption scandal, 6 International Olympic Committee members are expelled

2004 – NASA’s Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on the surface of Mars

2005 – A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258

2011 – A revolution began in Egypt with the demonstrations that demanded the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s rule.

2013 – 50 people are killed and 90 are injured in a prison riot in Barquisimeto, Venezuela

2017 – Kisenosato becomes the 1st Japanese home-grown sumo champion since 1998 when he is made yokozuna, 72nd Grand Champion

2018 – Doomsday clock moved by 30 seconds to 2 minutes to midnight by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, closest since 1950s

2019 – At least 20 people have died this week in Venezuelan anti-government protests according to the UN

2019 – Longest-ever US government shutdown ends after 35 days when President Donald Trump agrees to three week of negotiations on border security by a House-Senate conference committee   https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/25/trump-shutdown-announcement-1125529

The Costs of the Government Shutdown

2019 – Roger Stone, political lobbyist for Donald Trump, is arrested as part of Mueller investigation for obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements

2019 – Tailing dam for an iron ore mine in Brumadinho, south-eastern Brazil, collapses killing at least 110 with 238 missing

REFERENCE: history.net, onthisday.com, thepeopleshistory.com, timeanddate.com, scopesys.com, on-this-day.com


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