Today is Saturday, Jan. 25. On this date:
America’s first official transcontinental telephone call took place as Alexander Graham Bell, who was in New York, spoke to his former assistant, Thomas Watson, who was in San Francisco, over a line set up by American Telephone & Telegraph.
The first Winter Olympic Games opened in Chamonix, France.
The World War II Battle of the Bulge ended as German forces were pushed back to their original positions.
Gangster Al Capone died in Miami Beach, Florida, at age 48.
President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference to be carried live on radio and television.
Charles Manson and three women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate.
The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States.
Actress Ava Gardner died in London at age 67.
Sears announced that it would no longer publish its famous century-old catalog.
Maintaining his innocence, singer Michael Jackson settled a child molestation lawsuit against him; terms were confidential, although the monetary figure was reportedly $22 million.
President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation’s immigration controls, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall and cut federal grants for immigrant-protecting “sanctuary cities.”
Death claimed actress Mary Tyler Moore at age 80 and actor John Hurt at age 77.
Country singer Claude Gray is 88.
Actress Jenifer Lewis is 63.
Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 54.
Drummer Joe Sirois (Mighty Mighty Bosstones) is 48.
Musician Matt Odmark (Jars of Clay) is 46.
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