January 25 is a special day for the Arubans. It's Betico Croes Day, the birth anniversary of Betico Croes, an Aruban politician activist, who advocated the separation of Aruba from the Netherlands Antilles.
On January 25 each year, Robert Burns Day is celebrated. This celebration is dedicated to the national poet of Scotland Robert Burns therefore it is most popular in Scotland, although celebrations may be held in other parts of the UK and even abroad.
You may think that Irish were enjoying Irish coffee for ages, but it's not truth. In fact it was made in the era around World War II. Anyway it doesn't make National Irish Coffee Day on January 25 less appealing.
While most people celebrate Valentine's Day, the Welsh have their own equivalent of this holiday. On January 25, they celebrate Saint Dwynwen's Day (Dydd Santes Dwynwen). Saint Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of love and lovers.
National Voter's Day in India is celebrated annually on January 25. This observance was introduced by the Election Commission in 2011. The date was chosen to commemorate the foundation day of the Commission.
This Day in History
2015Died: Demis Roussos, Greek singer who sold over 60 million albums worldwide. His best known songs include Souvenirs, Goodbye My Love, Forever and Ever.
2014Died: Morrie Turner, American cartoonist most notable for creation of the strip Wee Pals, the first American syndicated strip with an integrated cast of characters.
2011Died: Vincent Cronin, British writer, historian, and editor. He is most known for his numerous historical, cultural, and biographical works.
2009Died: Kim Manners, American television director, producer, and actor best known for his work on The X-Files and Supernatural.
2006Three independent observing campaigns made a joint announcement of the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, a super-Earth extrasolar planet.
2005Died: Ray Peterson, American pop singer whose most well-known songs are Tell Laura I Love Her and Corrine, Corrina (Corrina, Corrina).
2005Died: Philip Johnson, American architect most notable for his postmodern work since the 1980s. He designed the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California and PPG Place in Pittsburgh.
2004Opportunity rover landed on Mars' Meridiani Planum. As of 2014, Opportunity remains active and keeps on gathering scientific observations.
1996Died: Jonathan Larson, American composer and playwright known for his rock musical Rent for which he received three posthumous Tony Awards and a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
1993Two CIA employees were killed and three others wounded during the attack outside the premises of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
1990Avianca Flight 52 ran out of fuel on approach to JFK and crashed into the small village of Cove Neck, New York. 73 people of the 158 on board were killed.
1990Died: Ava Gardner, American actress listed 25th among the American Film Institute's Greatest Female Stars. She was most famous from the 1950s to 1970s.
1981Died: Adele Astaire (born Adele Marie Austerlitz), American dancer and entertainer. She was the elder sister of Fred Astaires and his stage partner.
1981Born: Alicia Keys (stage name of Alicia Augello Cook), American R&B singer, pianist, songwriter, record producer, and actress who has won numerous awards.
1971The Ugandan military, led by general Idi Amin, executed a coup d'état and overthrew the government of President Milton Obote while Obote was abroad.
1970Born: Stephen Chbosky, American novelist, screenwriter, and film director. His most well-known work is coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
1949The first Emmy Awards were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club. They solely honored the shows produced and aired locally in the Los Angeles area.
1949Born: John Cooper Clarke, English performance poet referred to as "punk poet" because he first became famous during the punk rock era.
1947Died: Al Capone, American mobster who attained fame during the Prohibition era. He had been a crime boss for seven years before being convicted for tax evasion.
1938Born: Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian singer, bard, poet, songwriter, and actor. His career had a considerable effect on Soviet and Russian culture.
1932The Defense of Harbin began during the Second Sino-Japanese War. It was part of the campaign of the Invasion of Manchuria by forces of the Empire of Japan.
1928Born: Eduard Shevardnadze, Georgian diplomat and politician. He served as President of Georgia from 1992 to 2003 and was forced to retire after the Revolution of Roses.
1924The I Olympic Winter Games (also known as the 1924 Winter Olympics) opened in Chamonix, France. Thus, the Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated.
1917Born: Ilya Prigogine, Russian-born Belgian physical chemist who was awarded the 1977 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to non-equilibrium thermodynamics.
1882Born: Virginia Woolf, English novelist, essayist, critic, and publisher. She is considered one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century.
1874Born: W. Somerset Maugham, British novelist, playwright, and short story writer. His most well-known works include The Moon and Sixpence and The Painted Veil.
1858The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was first played at the wedding of Victoria, Princess Royal, and Friedrich of Prussia. It became a popular wedding recessional.
1852Died: Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Baltic German officer in the Imperial Russian Navy, explorer and cartographer who discovered the continent of Antarctica.
1755Moscow University was founded by Mikhail Lomonosov. The first lectures were held on April 26. January 25 is celebrated as Students' Day in Russia.
1743Born: Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, German philosopher, socialite, and literary figure. He is notable for coining the term nihilism and promoting it as the prime fault of Enlightenment.
1736Born: Joseph-Louis Lagrange (born Giuseppe Lodovico Lagrangi), Italian and French mathematician and astronomer who made significant contributions to many fields of science.