This day in history

Friday, Jan. 25, is the 25th day of 2013. There are 340 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: The former president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, is 85. Director Tobe Hooper is 70. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 68. Actress Mia Kirshner is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Alicia Keys is 32.

In 1533, England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who later gave birth to Elizabeth I.


In 1787, Shays’s Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Captain Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield.

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In 1890, reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, 6 hours, and 11 minutes. The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated US transcontinental telephone service.

In 1961, President Kennedy held the first presidential news conference to be carried live on radio and television.

In 1971, Charles Manson and three female followers were convicted in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate.


In 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States.