January 25 events in history

41 After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate
750 In the Battle of the Zab, the Abbasid rebels defeat the Umayyad Caliphate, leading to overthrow of the dynasty
1348 A strong earthquake strikes the South Alpine region of Friuli in modern Italy, causing considerable damage to buildings as far away as Rome
1494 Alfonso II becomes King of Naples
1515 Coronation of Francis I of France
1533 Henry VIII of England secretly marries his second wife Anne Boleyn
1554 Founding of São Paulo city, Brazil
1573 Battle of Mikatagahara: In Japan, Takeda Shingen defeats Tokugawa Ieyasu
1575 Luanda, the capital of Angola, is founded by the Portuguese navigator Paulo Dias de Novais
1704 The Battle of Ayubale results in the destruction of most of the Spanish missions in Florida
1755 Moscow University is established on Tatiana Day
1765 Port Egmont, the first British settlement in the Falkland Islands at the southern tip of South America, is founded
1787 Shays' Rebellion: The rebellion's largest confrontation, outside the Springfield Armory, results in the killing of four rebels and the wounding of twenty
1791 The British Parliament passes the Constitutional Act of 1791 and splits the old Province of Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada
1792 The London Corresponding Society is founded
1858 The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn is played at the marriage of Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia, and becomes a popular wedding recessional
1879 The Bulgarian National Bank is founded
1881 Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company
1890 Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days
1909 Richard Strauss's opera Elektra receives its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera
1915 Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco
1918 Ukraine declares independence from Bolshevik Russia
1919 The League of Nations is founded
1924 The 1924 Winter Olympics opens in Chamonix, in the French Alps, inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games
1932 Second Sino-Japanese War: The Chinese National Revolutionary Army begins its defense of Harbin
1937 The Guiding Light debuts on NBC radio from Chicago. In 1952 it moves to CBS television, where it remains until Sept. 18, 2009
1941 Pope Pius XII elevates the Apostolic Vicariate of the Hawaiian Islands to the dignity of a diocese. It becomes the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu
1942 World War II: Thailand declares war on the United States and United Kingdom
1944 Florence Li Tim-Oi is ordained in China, becoming the first woman Anglican priest
1945 World War II: The Battle of the Bulge ends
1946 The United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor
1947 Thomas Goldsmith Jr. files a patent for a "Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device", the first ever electronic game
1949 At the Hollywood Athletic Club the first Emmy Awards are presented
1955 The Soviet Union ends the state of war with Germany
1960 The National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the "payola" scandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accept money for playing particular records
1961 In Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference
1969 Brazilian Army captain Carlos Lamarca deserts in order to fight against the military dictatorship, taking with him 10 machine guns and 63 rifles
1971 Charles Manson and three female "Family" members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders
1971 Idi Amin leads a coup deposing Milton Obote and becomes Uganda's president
1979 Pope John Paul II starts his first official papal visits outside Italy to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Mexico
1980 Mother Teresa is honored with India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna
1981 Jiang Qing, the widow of Mao Zedong, is sentenced to death
1986 The National Resistance Movement topples the government of Tito Okello in Uganda
1990 Avianca Flight 52 crashed into Cove Neck, New York due to fuel exuasion
1993 Five people are shot outside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Two are killed and three wounded
1994 The Clementine space probe launches
1995 The Norwegian rocket incident: Russia almost launches a nuclear attack after it mistakes Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile
1996 Billy Bailey becomes the last person to be hanged in the USA
1998 During a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demands political reforms and the release of political prisoners while condemning US attempts to isolate the country
1998 A suicide attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth kills eight and injures 25 others