What Happened On This Day – January 25
1977 The world's first solar power plant is opened
The solar furnace in Odeillo, France was the first power plant providing alternative energy.
1971 Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda
The dictator's rule (1971 - 1979) was characterized by human right abuse, political repression, and corruption.
1947 The first arcade game is patented
Thomas Goldsmith's “Cathode ray tube amusement device” is considered the ancestor of video games.
1924 The first Winter Olympics begin
The I Olympic Winter Games were held in Chamonix, France.
1919 The League of Nations is founded
It is the predecessor of the United Nations and the first international organization devoted to maintaining world peace.
Births On This Day,
1981 Alicia Keys
American singer-songwriter, pianist, actress
1933 Corazon Aquino
Filipino politician, 11th President of the Philippines
1913 Witold Lutosławski
Polish composer, conductor
1882 Virginia Woolf
English author, critic
1759 Robert Burns
Deaths On This Day,
2005 Philip Johnson
American architect, designed the IDS Center, PPG Place
1982 Mikhail Suslov
1954 M. N. Roy
Indian activist, theorist
1947 Al Capone
389 Gregory of Nazianzus
Turkish archbishop, theologian