This Day in History – January 25

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January 25

A new day comes with an old history. Funny isn’t it? There is a long history attached to every day that breaks at dawn. From battles, amnesties, agreements, births, losses, findings, breakthroughs, and much more. It is always a lot of fun to dig the past and make it a part of our present. It’s time to go back in the past and relive some of the most important events that took place on this day, January 25.

41:Claudius was accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate
After a night of negotiation, Claudius was accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate.

1327: King Edward III acceded
King Edward III acceded to the English throne.

1573: Battle of Mikatagahara, in Japan 
Takeda Shingen defeated Tokugawa Ieyasu in the Battle of Mikatagahara, in Japan. 

1721: Tsar Peter ended Russian-orthodox patriarchy
Tsar Peter the Great ended the Russian-orthodox patriarchy.

1755: Moscow University was established by Elizabeth of Russia
Moscow University was established by Elizabeth of Russia and founded by Mikhail Lomonosov on Tatiana Day on January 25, 1755.

1802: Napoleon Bonaparte elected as President
Napoleon Bonaparte was elected President of the Italian (Cisalpine) Republic.

1817: “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) premiered in Rome
Gioachino Rossini’s opera “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) premiered in Rome.

1819:University of Virginia chartered 
The University of Virginia was chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia, with Thomas Jefferson, who was one of its founders.

1839: Henry Fox Talbot exhibited photographs
Henry Fox Talbot exhibited early photographs to the Royal Institution in the UK.

1840: Charles Wilkes was first to identify Antarctica as a new continent
American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes was the first to identify Antarctica as a new continent on January 25, 1840. 

1877: Congress established the Electoral Commission 
Congress established the Electoral Commission to determine the disputed Presidential election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden.

1881: Oriental Telephone Company Formed
Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell formed the Oriental Telephone Company.

1890: National Afro-American League founded
The National Afro-American League was founded in Chicago by Timothy Thomas Fortune, one of the earliest civil rights organizations in America.

1914: Indian mass meeting held in Durban
An Indian mass meeting was held in Durban unanimously and endorsed the agreement between General J.C. Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi regarding voluntary registration, poll tax, recognition of Indian marriages, and other matters.

1924: 1st Winter Olympic Games held in Chamonix 
1st Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France on January 25, 1924.

1929:  Don Bradman scored an unbeaten 340 for NSW v Victoria
Future Australian cricket captain Don Bradman scored an unbeaten 340 for NSW v Victoria (488 mins, 38 fours). Then it was the highest individual score in a Sheffield Shield match.

1939:  1st nuclear fission experiment was held in the US
1st nuclear fission experiment (splitting of a uranium atom) was held in the US, in the basement of Pupin Hall, Columbia University by a team which included Enrico Fermi.

1971: Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted
Charles Manson & 3 women followers were convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders.

1971:  Call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) called for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark.

1980: Paul McCartney released from Tokyo jail  
Paul McCartney was released from Tokyo jail & deported on January 25, 1980.

1981: 52 Americans held hostage by Iran arrived back
52 Americans who were held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived back in the USA.

1986:  Edmonton’s Paul Coffey set NHL record
Edmonton’s Paul Coffey set the NHL record for defensemen with a point in his 28th consecutive game, as the Oilers beat the visiting LA Kings, 5-2.

1992: Monica Seles beat American Mary Joe Fernández
Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Monica Seles beat American Mary Joe Fernández 6-2, 6-3 for her 5th career Grand Slam title.

1993: 20th American Music Awards
20th American Music Awards were held. Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey won awards on January 25, 1993.

2003:Serena Williams won 5th Grand Slam singles title
Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams won the 5th Grand Slam singles title and 4th straight. She defeated her older sister, Venus Williams 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 for her first Australian title.

Famous Birthdays

  • Alicia Keys, American Singer-Songwriter
  • Virginia Woolf, English Writer
  • Charlene, Princess of Monaco
  • Robinho, Brazilian Footballer
  • Sho Sakurai, Japanese Singer-Songwriter
  • Iris Mittenaere, French Model

These were the historical events that happened in world history on January 25. Stay tuned to Leverage Edu and follow us on Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn, Quora, and Facebook for more educational content.

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