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January 25 - the day over the years

On this day India successfully test-fires an intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
PTI | By Reuters, HindustanTimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2005 11:02 AM IST

Today is Tuesday, January 25, the twenty fifth day of 2005.
There are 341 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1533 - England's King Henry VIII secretly marries his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who later gives birth to Elizabeth I.

1802 - France's Napoleon Bonaparte becomes president of the Italian Republic.
1831 - Polish Diet proclaims independence of Poland, dethrones Nicholas, and deposes the Romanovs.
1890 - The United Mine Workers of America is founded; writer Nellie Bly completes her trip around the world in 72 days.

1915 - The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service.
1942 - Thailand, allied to Japan, declares war on Britain and the United States.
1944 - Battle for Cassino begins in Italy in World War II.
1952 - Crisis arises between France and Germany over administration of the Saar region.
1959 - Britain signs trade pact with East Germany; American Airlines opens the jet age in the United States with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.
1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy holds the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and television.
1962 - African heads of state of Monrovia Group, which includes Liberia, Togo, Nigeria and Cameroon, issue charter for Pan-African cooperation.
1975 - Sheik Mujibur Rahman abolishes parliamentary rule in Bangladesh and assumes absolute powers as president.
1981 - The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days return home.
1986 - Voyager 2, sweeping to within 81,000 kilometers (51,000 miles) of Uranus, discovers a 10th ring, a 15th moon and a north pole that angles downward.
1989 - Cambodia's Premier Hun Sen rejects proposal for international peacekeeping force in his country.
1993 - Two French U.N. peacekeepers are killed and three wounded as Serb-Croat clashes rage on in southern Croatia.
1994 - Without admitting guilt, Michael Jackson settles a lawsuit that said he molested a young boy. Terms of the settlement leave the boy "very happy," the youngster's attorney said.
1995 - Jews from around the world return to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazis' biggest death complex, where 1.5 million people were killed before it was liberated 50 years ago.
1997 - A cyclone sweeps across the island nation of Madagascar, spawning floods that leave 100 people missing and thousands homeless.
1998 - The pope holds a sermon on the virtues of democracy in Havana, Cuba, with dictator Fidel Castro in the audience.
1999 - An earthquake devastates a coffee-growing region in Colombia, killing at least 940 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

2002 - India successfully test-fires an intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. 
2003
- Top-seeded Tennis player Serena Williams defeats her older sister Venus, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, in Melbourne, Australia to win the women's singles title at the Australian Open. It is her fourth straight title in four Grand Slams
2004 - The British government says the search for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction must continue, despite the resignation of the head of the U.S.-led inspection team David Kay.

Today's Birthdays:
Edmund Campion, English Jesuit (1540-1581)
Witold Lutoslawski, modern Polish composer and conductor (1913-1994)
Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759-1796)
W. Somerset Maugham, English author (1874-1965)
Virginia Wolff, English author (1882-1941)
Dinah Manoff, U.S. actress (1958--)
Alicia Keys, U.S. R&B singer (1981--).

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