Daily Calendar for Saturday, January 25, 2025

The birthday of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796), has become an occasion for Scots all over the world to gather together in his honor. A Burns Night supper usually includes haggis, a traditional dish of the heart, lungs, and liver of a sheep or calf minced with suet, onions, oatmeal, and seasonings. Burns’s words, Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!” greets the dish’s entry into the room. Men wear kilts and women their tartan sashes, and the evening’s celebration includes reading Burns’s poems and singing his songs, ending with one of his most famous, β€œAuld Lang Syne.” Most of us are familiar with the first verse, β€œShould auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne.β€β€œ


  • Robert Burns (poet) –
  • Charles Curtis (U.S. vice president) –
  • Virginia Woolf (author) –
  • Edwin Newman (news commentator) –
  • Dean Jones (actor ) –
  • Alicia Keys (musician) –


  • Al Capone (gangster) –
  • Ava Gardner (actress) –
  • Philip Johnson (architect) –
  • Mary Tyler Moore (actress) –
  • Cindy Williams (actress ) –


  • Henry VIII of England and Anne Boleyn were secretly married, he for the second time–
  • Hot drinks served on frozen Hudson River to warm pedestrians crossing between New Jersey and New York City–
  • Mendelssohn’s Wedding March was played at the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Victoria, to Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia. It is believed that this is where the tradition of playing the Wedding March at weddings came from–
  • G. D. Dows patented an improved soda fountain–
  • S.S. City of Boston disappeared–
  • Reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World received a tumultuous welcome home after she completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes–
  • Elecktra, by Richard Strauss, premiered at the Dresden Royal Opera House–
  • First transcontinental telephone call was made, between New York and San Francisco; Alexander Graham Bell and Dr. Thomas A. Watson exchanged greetings–
  • The Paris Peace Conference of WW I adopted President Wilson’s resolution for the creation of a League of Nations as part of the peace agreement–
  • The governor general of Canada, the Earl of Bessborough, declared the Trans-Canada telephone system officially open–
  • Guiding Light debuted on radio–
  • President John F. Kennedy was the first United States president to hold a live televised news conference–
  • Constance Baker Motley was named U.S. District Judge for southern NY and became the first African American female federal judge–
  • 44-pound 10-ounce cod caught at Five Fathom Bank near Delaware–
  • Nazi war criminal, Klaus Barbie, was arrested in Bolivia–
  • The Infrared Astronomical Satellite launched into orbit to gather information on distant stars and the solar system–
  • Iraq opened outlet valves at Kuwait refinery to create the world’s largest oil spill (450 million gallons estimated)–
  • Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute founded–


  • Hot drinks were served on the frozen Hudson River, between New Jersey and New York City–
  • Boston received 22.1 inches of snow–

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