On This Day

On This Day in History for January 25 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1985 Test debut of Wasim Akram, v New Zealand at Auckland (2-105)
  • 1986 General Tito Okello's government flees Kampala, Uganda
  • 1988 Ramsewak Shankar sworn in as President of Suriname
  • 1989 Augusto Alcalde, 1st South American Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission
  • 1990 Avianca Flight 52, runs out of fuel & crashes in Cove Neck NY, 73 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is transferred to a Miami jail

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1990 The Burns' Day windstorm storm hits northwestern Europe
  • 1990 Honduras becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • 1991 Manuel Noriega is given access to assets frozen by US government
  • 1992 Hubble space telescope optics finds NGC3862/3C264
  • 1993 Puerto Rico adds English as its 2nd official language
  • 1993 Sears announces it is closing its catalog sales department after 97 years
  • 1993 Five people were shot outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia resulting in two murders.
  • 1994 Mine fire at Asansol, India, kills 55
  • 1994 US space probe Clementine launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
  • 1995 Jacques Santer succeeds Jacques Delors as chairman of Euro Committee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • 1998 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others.

BeatificationPapal Visit

1998 Pope John Paul II visits Cuba and demands the release of political prisoners; he also condemns US moves to isolate the country

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1999 Earthquake hits Colombia, South America, killing around 300 and injuring 1000
  • 2001 A 50-year-old Douglas DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela killing 24
  • 2002 Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software ("Phase II") aka Magnus Manske Day.

Historic DiscoverySpirit Rover Begins Mars Mission

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

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The first color image compiled by photos from the Spirit rover - at the time the highest quality photo taken on another planet
The first color image compiled by photos from the Spirit rover - at the time the highest quality photo taken on another planet
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  • 2005 A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258
  • 2006 Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star.
  • 2010 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on-board.
  • 2011 Egyptian Revolution of 2011 begins with a series of street demonstrations, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, labor strikes and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities
  • 2011 UK announces it had a shock economic contraction of 0.5% in Q4 2010, due to severe winter weather and budget cuts implemented by the coalition government
  • 2013 8 people are killed by 2 car bombs in Golan Heights, Syria
  • 2013 Islamist forces are driven out of Hombori by the Malian army
  • 2013 6 civilians and 1 police officer are shot dead and 456 people are injured during a nationwide protest against Egypt’s 2011 revolution
  • 2013 50 people are killed and 90 are injured in a prison riot in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • 2013 Tropical cyclone Oswald makes landfall in Queensland, Australia, causing mass flooding
  • 2013 Initial GDP figures for the fourth quarter of 2012 show the UK economy shrank by 0.3% raising fears of a triple dip recession
  • 2016 British rowing team becomes first female crew and first crew of four to cross the Pacific, San Francisco to Cairns in 257 days
  • 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
  • 2018 Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi asked "are there any bookshops in Nigeria?" in controversial French interview

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 At least 20 people have died this week in Venezuelan anti-government protests according to the UN
  • 2019 Tailing dam for an iron ore mine in Brumadinho, south-eastern Brazil, collapses killing at least 110 with 238 missing
  • 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
  • 2020 Severe rainstorms cause landslides and floods in Brazil's Minas Gerais state, killing at least 30

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2021 Janet Yellen is confirmed as the first female treasury secretary by the US Senate

Economist and Chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen
Economist and Chair of the Federal Reserve
Janet Yellen

Birthdays in History

Weddings in History

Deaths in History