Week That Was


A look at this week in years past

January 25

1918 Russia declared a republic of Soviets
1940 Nazi decrees the establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
1955 US & Panamá sign canal treaty
1964 Beatles 1st US #1, "I Want to Hold your Hand" (Cashbox)
1971 Military coup in Uganda under General Idi Amin Dada
1981 Mao’s widow Jiang Qing sentenced to death

January 26

0066 5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet
1788 Invasion Day –  Captain Arthur Phillip forms English colony at Sydney, Botany Bay New South Wales as a penal colony
1841 Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
1926 Television 1st demonstrated (John L Baird, London)
1945 Soviet forces reach Auschwitz concentration camp
1950 India becomes a republic ceasing to be a British dominion
1998 President Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people, I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"

January 27

1710 Czar Peter the Great sets 1st Russian state budget
1880 Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp
1916 Communist party "Spartacus Letters" 1st published in Berlin
1944 Leningrad liberated from Germany in 880 days with 600,000 killed
1967 Apollo 1 fire kills astronauts Grissom, White & Chaffee
1973 US & Vietnam sign cease-fire, ending longest US war & military draft
1996 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

January 28

1807 London’s Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight
1932 Japan occupies Shanghai
1935 Iceland becomes 1st country to legalize abortion
1945 Swedish ships bring food to starving Netherlands
1960 Goon Show’s final episode on BBC
1998 Michelangelo’s "Christ & the Woman of Samaria", sold for $7.4 million

January 29

1886 1st successful gasoline-driven car patented, Karl Benz, Karlsruhe
1916 1st bombings of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
1944 285 German bombers attack London
1964 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Diene Hand" & "Sie Leibt Dich"
1964 Stanley Kubrick’s"Dr Strangelove" premieres
1990 Exxon Valdez captain Joseph Hazelwood goes on trial due to oil spill

January 30

1487 Bell chimes invented
1883 England team presented with ashes of a bail after Sydney Test
1933 German President von Hindenburg appoints Hitler chancellor
1956 Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"
1965 State funeral of Winston Churchill
1969 Beatles perform their last gig together, a 42-minute free concert on the roof of Apple HQs
1972 Bloody Sunday British soldiers shoot on catholics in Londonderry, 13 die

January 31

1696 Revolt of undertakers after funeral reforms (Amsterdam)
1901 Chekhov’s "Three Sisters" opens at the Moscow Art Theatre
1929 Leon Trotsky expelled from Russia to Turkey
1950 President Truman reveals that he ordered the Atomic Energy Commission to develop the hydrogen bomb
1957 Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished
1968 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
1990 1st McDonald’s in Russia opens in Moscow, world’s biggest McDonald’s

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