Otago Daily Times



TODAY is Monday, January 25, the 25th day of 2021. There are 340 days left in the year. Highlights in history on this date:

1327 — King Edward II of England is forced to abdicate by powerful barons in favour of his son, Edward III.

1533 — King Henry VIII of England, defying Rome, marries his second wife, Anne Boleyn.

1841 — New Zealand’s first horse race is held at Te Aro.

1858 — Felix Mendelssoh­n’s Wedding March is played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter Victoria to Friedrich of Prussia, and becomes a popular wedding procession­al.

1890 — US journalist Nellie Bly arrived back in New Jersey to complete her roundthewo­rld journey in 72 days.

1891 — John Ballance becomes New Zealand premier. He held office for just over two years but his Liberal Party remained in power for the next 21 years.

1893 — Dunedin’s Selwyn College is dedicated by Bishop Nevill.

1895 — New Zealander Alexander von Tunzelmann claims to be the first to set foot on the Antarctic continent.

1915 — The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, inaugurate­s a United States transconti­nental telephone service.

1924 — The first Winter Olympics open at Chamonix, France.

1945 — The Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive of World War 2, ends in an Allied victory.

1954 — Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of

Edinburgh visit Dunedin.

1964 — Blue Ribbon Sports, which would later become Nike, is founded by University of Oregon track and field athletes.

1971 — In Uganda, army officers depose Milton Obote and Idi Amin becomes president.

1974 — Dick Tayler records a historic victory in the 10,000m on the first day of the Commonweal­th Games in Christchur­ch.

1980 — Mother Teresa is honoured with India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.

1985 — Diver and explorer Kelly Tarlton opens his Underwater World in Auckland. Tarlton will die suddenly, aged 47, just seven weeks later.

1986 — Voyager 2, sweeping to within 81,000km of Uranus, discovers a 10th ring, a 15th moon and a north pole that angles downwards; the National Resistance Movement topples the government of Tito Okello in Uganda.

1990 — Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto gives birth to a baby girl, the first head of government to give birth while in office.

1992 — Russian president Boris Yeltsin says Russia will stop targeting US cities with nuclear missiles.

1994 — Without admitting guilt, Michael Jackson settles a lawsuit that said he molested a young boy.

1995 — The world comes close to nuclear war when Russia mistakes a Norwegian research rocket for a US Trident missile and almost launches a nuclear attack.

1998 — United States tourists Thomas and Eileen Lonergan are left behind by a scubadivin­g operator on a reef off Port Douglas, North Queensland. They were never found.

1999 — An earthquake devastates a coffeegrow­ing region in Colombia, killing at least 940 and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

2002 — India successful­ly testfires an intermedia­terange ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

2005 — A stampede and fire kill 258 Hindu pilgrims during a pilgrimage to the Mandher Devi temple in western India.

2006 — Astronomer­s detect OGLE2005-BLG-390Lb, the most Earthlike planet yet found around a star other than our sun; hundreds of thousands of Palestinia­ns crowd polling stations in the first parliament­ary elections in a decade. Hamas emerges as the winner.

2011 — The first wave of the Egyptian revolution begins with street demonstrat­ions, rallies, acts of civil disobedien­ce, labour strikes and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria and most other major cities.

2013 — Fifty people are killed and more than 120 injured during a prison riot in Barquisime­to, Venezuela.

2018 — Raising more than $7700 for Ronald McDonald House in Christchur­ch, 11yearold Harry Willis becomes the first person to pogostick his way up Dunedin’s Baldwin St, then believed to be the steepest street in the world; the Doomsday Clock is moved forward by 30sec to 2min to midnight by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the closest since 1950s.

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