Today in History - January 25th

  • 1533 - On this day in history, England's Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn.
  • 1881 - The Oriental Telephone Company was created via an agreement signed by Thomas Edison, Graham Bell.
  • 1915 - Today in history, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated the first transcontinental NYC-SFO telephone service by talking to his assistant in San Francisco. 
  • 1924 - The first Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in the French Alps.
  • 1949 - On this day in history, the first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club. 
  • 1959 - American Airlines had the first scheduled transcontinental US flight of a Boeing 707. 
  • 1961 - Today in history, John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC., on both radio and television.
  • 1971 - Charles Manson and three female members of his "family" were found guilty of murder.
  • 1981 - On this day in history, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran arrived in the United States and were reunited with their families.
  • 1999 - In Louisville, KY, a man received the first hand transplant in the United States.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 25th

  • 1799 - Today in history, Eliakim Spooner patented the seeding machine.
  • 1870 - G.D. Dows patented the decorative soda fountain. 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 25th

  • 1858 - On this day in history, Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" was presented for the first time.
  • 1958 - Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" became the first single to ever enter the U.K. pop chart at Number One.
  • 1962 - Today in history, Sam Cooke's "Twistin' the Night Away" was released. 
  • 1980 - Paul McCartney was released from a Tokyo jail where he had been for nine days after attempting to carry a half pound of marijuana through customs.
  • 1984 - On this day in history, Yoko One donated $375,000 to Liverpool's Strawberry Fields old-age home. 
  • 1987 - Neil Diamond sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXI.
  • 2002 - Today in history, "Les Miserables" played over 6,000 performances to become the second-longest running show in Broadway history.
  • 2010 - KISS rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

SPORTS - Today in History, January 25th

  • 1987 - The New York Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI on NBC.


  • W. Somerset Maugham 1874 
  • Virginia Woolf 1882 
  • Etta James 1938
  • Alicia Keys 1981