25 January

1533 : Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn

On January 25, 1533, after having managed to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII of England married Anne Boleyn. Three years later, he had her executed. Their daughter became Queen of England in 1558 under the name of Elizabeth I.

1924 : Winter olympics in Chamonix

On 25 January 1924, the first Winter Olympics took place in Chamonix. 16 nations were represented for the 16 events in the running.

1968 : An Israeli submarine disappears

On January 25, 1968, an Israeli submarine, the Dakar, disappeared between Crete and Haifa. Purchased by Israel from the UK, it left Scotland and made its first trip to its new country. The submarine and its 69 crew were never found.

1995 : Nuclear tension with Russia

On 25 January 1995, Norwegian and American scientists launched a Black Brant XII sounding rocket to study the aurora borealis over Norway. Despite the notification of the launch to them, Russian thought for a moment they were attacked by a nuclear missile Trident launched by a U.S. submarine. The nuclear briefcase, the Cheget, is given to President Boris Yeltsin who finally decided not to retaliate when information reached him it was a probe which was bound for the sea and not for Russia .

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Day of Saint Dwynwen
On 25 January, this is the Day of Saint Dwynwen (Dydd Santes Dwynwen), the Welsh Saint of love.
Burns Night supper
On January 25, we celebrate the Burns Supper in Scotland in honor of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. It is a joyful celebration where people recited poems of Burns, dance, sing to the sound of bagpipes, drink whiskey and eat the famous haggis.

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Robert Burns
Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings.

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Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759)
Franois-Vincent Raspail, French chemist (1794)
W. Somerset Maugham, English writer (1874)
Virginia Woolf, English writer (1882)
Wilhelm Furtwngler, German conductor (1886)
Samuel T. Cohen, American physicist (1921)
Eduard Shevardnadze, President of Georgia (1928)
Dean Jones, Actor (1931)
Corazon Aquino, President of the Philippines (1933)
Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author (1938)
Paul Nurse, English biochemist, Nobel Laureate (1949)
Sara Mandiano, Singer (1952)
Terry Chimes, Musician (The Clash) (1955)
Denis Menchov, Russian cyclist (1978)
Alicia Keys, Singer (1981)
Tatiana Golovin, French tennis player (1988)
Sheryfa Luna, Singer (1989)

Ils nous ont quitt un 25 January

Hirate Hirohide, Japanese samurai (1573)
Al Capone, Gangster (1947)
Irene Castle, English dancer (1967)
Ava Gardner, Actress (1990)
Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician (1994)

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What to drink with haggis?

To serve with the haggis for the Burns Night supper, one must cook neeps (sort of mashed turnips) and tatties (mashed potatoes). And to drink, it's pure malt Scotch Whisky.
To drink with moderation.


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