25th January

Born on this day 25th January
1640 William Cavendish
1759 Robert Burns
1832 Lewis Carroll
1841 Jackie Fisher
1874 W Somerset Maugham
1882 Virginia Woolf
1933 Cory Aquino
1939 Angela Thorne
1949 John Cooper Clarke
1949 Paul Nurse
1955 Terry Chimes
1956 Gary Tibbs
1956 Andy Cox
1962 Peter Coyle
1962 Emma Freud
1965 Mark Jordon
1978 Jason Roberts
1981 Francis Jeffers
1981 Charlie Bewley
1984 Robinho

Died on this day
1947 Al Capone


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.

1957 Britain’s first million selling single was ‘Bill Haley’s ‘Rock Around The Clock’.

1963 Cilla Black made her stage debut at Liverpool’s Cavern Club,

1980 Peter Gabriel’s single ‘Games Without Frontiers’ was released featuring Kate Bush on backing vocals.


1924 The first Winter Olympics began at Chamonix in the French Alps.

People & Showbiz

1968 Escaped Great Train Robber Charles Wilson was arrested in Canada.

1994 East Enders actress Gillian Taylforth collapsed in the High Court after she was told that she had lost her libel case against The Sun newspaper. The newspaper claimed she was caught performing ‘an indecent act’ with her boyfriend Geoff Knights on an A1 sliproad.

General Events

1327 Edward III becomes King of England.

1533 King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn were secretly married.

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

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

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

1919 The League of Nations is founded.

1975 Margaret Thatcher and Edward Heath entered into battle for leadership of the Conservative Party.

1988 A study into doctor’s stress claimed that although many had given up smoking, a number still suffered from drink problems.

1993 17 year old Natasha Scott from Kent, blew the roof off her parents’ house when she left her hairspray near the fire.

1996 Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the United States of America.

2005 A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258.

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