What Happened in January 1925

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Norway's capital Christiania changes name to Oslo
  • Jan 1 11th Rose Bowl: Notre Dame beats Stanford, 27-10
  • Jan 2 Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region established (now in Tadzhik SSR)

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Jan 3 Benito Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Jan 4 French psychologist Emil Coué brings his self-esteem therapy to US "Every day in every way I am getting better & better"
  • Jan 5 James Gleason & Richard Tabers "Is zat so?" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 5 Nellie Taylor Ross became governor of Wyoming, 1st woman governor in USA
  • Jan 5 Under Polish control, Danzig establishes Port Gdansk post office
  • Jan 5 French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, & Hugh Jennings

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Jan 6 Paavo Nurmi, sets indoor record, 4:13.6 mile & 14:44.6 5,000m

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jan 6 Mussolini forms a cabinet composed entirely of Fascists in Italy
  • Jan 7 Musical "Big Boy" with Al Jolson premieres in NYC
  • Jan 8 1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas
  • Jan 9 German Postal Minister A Hofle resigns due to corruption
  • Jan 10 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson sworn in as TX gov, nation's 2nd woman governor
  • Jan 10 Allies refuse to evacuate the Cologne area of Germany as agreed

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Jan 11 Frank Kellogg replaces Charles Hughes on as US Sect of State

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg
  • Jan 12 John Howard Lawson's "Processional" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 14 Alban Berg's atonale opera "Wozzeck" premieres in Berlin
  • Jan 15 Hans Luther forms German government, with DNVP
  • Jan 16 Gen M Froense replaces Trotsky as People's Commissioner of Defense

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Jan 16 In the aftermath of Lenin's death, Stalin and Trotsky battle for leadership; today, Trotsky resigns as chairman of the Russian Revolutionary Military Council

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Jan 19 -48°F (-44°C), Van Buren, Maine (state record)
  • Jan 20 The Soviet and Japan sign a convention resuming relations: Russia agrees to limit revolutionary activity of the Third Communist International, while Japan agrees to leave the Sakhalin
  • Jan 21 Albanian parliament announces itself a republic; Ahmed Zogoe president
  • Jan 22 Albania Republic proclaimed under Pres Achmed Zogu
  • Jan 24 Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Island
  • Jan 24 Sandler follows Branting as premier of Sweden
  • Jan 28 -46°F (-43°C), Pittsburgh, New Hampshire (state record)
  • Jan 29 British Liberal Party chooses David Lloyd George as leader
  • Jan 30 Turkish government throws out Constantine VI of Constantinople
  • Jan 31 Premier Ahmed Zogu becomes president of Angola
  • Jan 31 18th Women's Australasian Championships: Daphne Akhurst beats Esna Boyd (1-6, 8-6, 6-4)
  • Jan 31 18th Men's Australasian Championships: James Anderson beats Gerald Patterson (11-9, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 George Conner, NFL tackle, linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 1 Valentina Cortesa, Milan Italy, actress (Kidnap Syndicate)
  • Jan 1 Matthew "Stymie" Beard, American actor (d. 1981)
  • Jan 1 Raymond Pellegrin, French actor
  • Jan 2 Andry Maryanovich Nikodemovich, composer
  • Jan 2 William J Crowe Jr, Kentucky, chairman joint chief of staff
  • Jan 2 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (d. 2008)
  • Jan 4 Veikko Hakulinen, Finland, 30K/50K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1956)
  • Jan 5 Wolf Morris, actor (Decoy)
  • Jan 6 John Z DeLorean, former automaker (DeLorean)
  • Jan 7 Gerald Malcolm Durrell, Britain, zoologist/writer (Mockery Bird)
  • Jan 8 James Saunders, English chemist/playwright (Ark)
  • Jan 8 Helmuth Hubener, German activist (d. 1942)
  • Jan 9 Abdelhamid Benhadugah, novelist
  • Jan 9 Lee Van Cleef, NJ, actor (For a Few Dollars More, Escape from NY)
  • Jan 12 Bill Burrud, host (Safari to Adventure, Animal World), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jan 12 Laurentiu Profeta, composer
  • Jan 12 Ralph Legall, cricket wicket-keeper (WI v India 1954)
  • Jan 12 Scottie MacGregor, American actress
  • Jan 13 Gwen Verdon, LA, actress/singer/dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity)
  • Jan 13 Rosemary Murphy, American actress (Margaret-Lucas Tanner), born in Munich, Germany, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 14 Yukio Mishima, Japan, novelist (Temple of Golden Pavilion)
  • Jan 14 Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (d. 2000)
  • Jan 15 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist
  • Jan 15 Ruth Slenczynska, pianist, born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 17 A H Kardar, cricketer (Pak 1st Test capt, prev played for India)
  • Jan 17 Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)
  • Jan 17 Duane Hanson, US sculptor
  • Jan 17 Robert Cormier, American author (d. 2000)
  • Jan 17 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher and K.K.K. member
  • Jan 18 Anthony Joly de Lotbiniere, TV producer
  • Jan 18 Gilles Deleuze, philosopher
  • Jan 18 Roepie Kruize, Dutch field hockey player (Olympic-Bronze-48/Silver-52)
  • Jan 19 Nina [Mary] Bawden, English author (Afternoon of a Good Woman), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 20 Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan Catholic priest, politician and writer, born in Granada, Nicaragua
  • Jan 20 Edwin Gordon, VOA correspondant, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Eugen Gomringer, writer
  • Jan 20 George Connol, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • Jan 21 Oswald "Ossie" Stevens Nock, railway writer
  • Jan 22 Leslie Silver, English paint manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 23 Marty Paich, orchestra leader (Sonny & Cher, Glenn Campbell), born in Oakland, California

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Jan 24 Maria Tallchief, Fairfax Ok, ballerina, (d. 2013)

Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Maria Tallchief
  • Jan 24 William Hudson, California, actor (I Led 3 Lives)
  • Jan 25 Eric Dempster, cricketer (NZ slow bowl of mid-50's, bowling avg 109.5)
  • Jan 25 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician and songwriter (d. 1992)
  • Jan 26 David Jenkins, Bishop (Durham)
  • Jan 26 Desmond Cassidi, British admiral
  • Jan 26 Joan Leslie, actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)

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Jan 26 Paul Newman, racer/popcorn mogul/actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Jan 26 Claude Ryan, Quebec newspaper editor (d. 2004)
  • Jan 27 Geoffrey Tucker, British political consultant
  • Jan 27 John Bury, British stage designer who worked with Peter Hall (d. 2000)
  • Jan 28 Henry Harris, British professor of medicine
  • Jan 29 Anthony George, Endicott NY, actor (Untouchables, Checkmate)
  • Jan 29 Pier Tania (Meinte Piet), radio/TV host (ANP, De Bezetting)
  • Jan 30 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 30 Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist, (d. 2013)
  • Jan 31 Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader
  • Jan 31 Charles Aidman, Frankfort Ind, narrator (New Twilight Zone)
  • Jan 31 Fred Catherwood, British politician, Vice President of the European Parliament 1989-1992, born in Castledawson, County Londonderry (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 26 Politician Seán MacBride (21) weds Catalina Bulfin in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 28 Actress Gloria Swanson (25) weds aristocrat Henri de la Falaise (26) in Paris, France

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 12 Oskar Brefeld, German botanist, dies at 85
  • Jan 14 Willem Devout, self employed (V & Dreesmann), dies
  • Jan 25 Ivan Vucetic, Croatian anthropologist (b. 1858)
  • Jan 30 Jakab Gyula Major, composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 30 John F Mellaerts, Flemish social founder (Boerenbond), dies at 79