On This Day In History, 25 January


On This Day In History 25 January Image

World Events Today

  • The city of São Paulo in Brazil was founded today in 1554, it is named after Paul the Apostle
  • General Idi Amin seized power in Uganda today in 1971, after leading a military coup d’état
  • Following shareholder approval, Walt Disney completed the acquisition of Pixar today in 2006

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was made popular today in 1858, when it was played at the wedding of Prince Frederick William of Prussia and Queen Victoria’s daughter
  • The first ever Winter Olympic Games opened today in 1924 in Chamonix, France
  • The Australian cricketer Richard Benaud made his Test debut today in 1952, it was against the West Indies

Family Events Today

  • The King of England, Henry VIII, married his second wife Anne Boleyn today in 1533
  • Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns, who wrote Auld Lang Syne, was born today in 1759 in Ayrshire
  • Alphonse Gabriel Capone, better known more simply as the American gangster Al Capone, or Scarface, died today in 1947 aged 48

Main Event Today

  • The American journalist Elizabeth Cochran Seaman, better known by her pen name Nellie Bly, arrived back in New Jersey today in 1890, completing her round the world journey in just over 72 days, setting a world record

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Irish Coffee Day

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