January 25 – Some important events on this day
41 👉🏼 After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate
1348 👉🏼 Friuli Earthquake in |European southern Alps measuring approximately 6.9, largely destroys Villach, killing 5,000
1554 👉🏼 Founding of the city of São Paulo in Brazil
1565 👉🏼 Battle at Talikota India: Deccan sultanate destroy Vijayanagar’s army and the last Hindu kingdom of Southern India
1755 👉🏼 Moscow University is established by Elizabeth of Russia and founded by Mikhail Lomonosov on Tatiana Day
1817 👉🏼 Gioachino Rossini’s opera “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) premieres in Rome
1840 👉🏼 American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes is first to identify Antarctica as a new continent
1858 👉🏼 Felix Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” first played, at wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia
1879 👉🏼 The Bulgarian National Bank is founded
1890 👉🏼 Journalist Nellie Bly beats the fictitious journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg around the world by 8 days (72 days)
1924 👉🏼 1st Winter Olympic Games open in Chamonix, France.
The Winter Olympics are now a major international event, in many ways just as popular as the Summer Olympics, but it didn’t start out this way. In 1924, the French Olympic committee organised the ‘International Winter Sports Week’ to be held in Chamonix, southern France, in the same year as the Summer Olympics in Paris.
There were only a few events at this Olympics; including bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey and various versions of Nordic skiing. Despite the small nature of the event, it was considered a big success by the International Olympic Committee, who retroactively designated it the first Winter Olympics.
Norway won the most Gold medals, with 4, for a tally of 17 overall. The practice of holding the Winter Olympics in the same year as the Summer Olympics would continue until 1992, when they were moved to alternating even-numbered years.
1949 👉🏼 1st Israeli election won by David Ben-Gurion’s Mapai party
1961 👉🏼 Walt Disney’s animated film “101 Dalmatians”, based on the novel by Dodie Smith and directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske is released in the US
1971 👉🏼 Military coup in Uganda under Major General Idi Amin
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
2020 👉🏼 Severe rainstorms cause landslides and floods in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, killing at least 30