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On This Day in History, January 25

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 – January 25

  • 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

    Scottish poet

Deaths On This Day – January 25

  • 2005 Philip Johnson

    American architect, designed the IDS Center, PPG Place

  • 1982 Mikhail Suslov

    Soviet politician

  • 1954 M. N. Roy

    Indian activist, theorist

  • 1947 Al Capone

    American gangster

  • 389 Gregory of Nazianzus

    Turkish archbishop, theologian

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