Thursday, January 25, 2007

Choose Your Date Wisely


Please pick a date from the table below and leave it in the comments section. I'll tell you what we're going to do with it later, once all the comments are in.


On January 25th in ...

41 - After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate.

844 - Gregory IV begins and ends his reign as Catholic Pope.

1327 - Edward III becomes King of England.

1494 - Alfonso II becomes King of Naples.

1533 - Henry VIII of England secretly marries his second wife Anne Boleyn.

1554 - Founding of São Paulo city, Brazil.

1579 - Treaty of Utrecht signed, marks beginning of Dutch Republic.

1755 - Moscow University established on Tatiana Day.

1787 - American Daniel Shays leads rebellion to seize Federal arsenal to protest debtor prisons.

1791 - The British Parliament passes the Constitutional Act of 1791 and splits the old province of Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada.

1792 - The London Corresponding Society is founded.

1858 - The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn becomes a popular wedding recessional after it is played on this day at the marriage of Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia.

1879 - The Bulgarian National Bank is founded.

1881 - Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company.

1890 - The United Mine Workers of America is founded.

1890 - Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days.

1915 - Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service.

1917 - The Danish West Indies is sold to the United States for $25 million.

1918 - Russia declared a republic of Soviets.

1919 - The League of Nations is founded.

1924 - The 1924 Winter Olympics open in Chamonix, France (in the French Alps), inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games.

1941 - Pope Pius XII elevates the Apostolic Vicariate of the Hawaiian Islands to the dignity of a diocese. It becomes the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.

1942 - Thailand declares war on the United States and United Kingdom.

1946 - The United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor.

1949 - At the Hollywood Athletic Club the first Emmy Awards are presented.

1949 - The first Israeli election -- David Ben-Gurion becomes Prime Minister.
1955 - Russia ends state of war with Germany.

1959 - Pope John XXIII proclaims Second Vatican Council.

1960 - The National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the Payola scandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records.

1961 - In Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference.

1969 - US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris.

1971 - Charles Manson and three female "family members" are found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

1971 - Idi Amin leads a coup deposing Milton Obote and becomes Uganda's president.

1971 - Himachal Pradesh becomes the 18th Indian state.

1981 - Mao's widow Jiang Qing sentenced to death.

1986 - The National Resistance Movement topple the government of Tito Okello in Uganda.

1990 - The Burns' Day storm hits Northwestern Europe.

1990 - Honduras becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.

1993 - Mir Amir Kansi kills two employees outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

1995 - The Norwegian Rocket Incident: Russia almost launches a nuclear attack after Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, is mistaken for a US Trident missile by the Olenegorsk early-warning radar station.

1998 - During a historic visit to Cuba Pope John Paul II demands the release of political prisoners and political reforms while condemning US attempts to isolate the country.

1998 - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide attack on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth, killing 8 people injuring 25 others.

1999 - A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.

2002 - Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software ("Phase II") aka Magnus Manske Day.

2004 - Opportunity (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.

2005 - A stampede during a pilgrimage 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.

2006 - The Council of Europe passes a draft resolution that emphatically condemns the atrocities and human rights violations of totalitarian communist regimes


steve ramos said...


De'on Miller said...

oohh, good choice. intrigue ... I like that.

only 98 more comments to go!

aunt karen said...

41- Claudius