Today in History - Jan. 25

/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Thursday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2007. There are 340 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Jan. 25, 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States.

On this date:
In 1787, Shays’s Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass.

In 1890, reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, six hours and 11 minutes.

In 1890, the United Mine Workers of America was founded.

In 1915, the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone service.

In 1946, the United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.

In 1947, American gangster Al Capone died in Miami Beach, Fla., at age 48.

In 1959, American Airlines opened the jet age in the United States with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.

In 1961, President Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and television.

In 1971, 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.

In 1990, actress Ava Gardner died in London at age 67.

Ten years ago: Responding to recent cases of deadly food poisoning, President Clinton said in his weekly radio address that he would seek $43 million dollars to implement a state-of-the-art early warning system for food contamination. Astrologer Jeane Dixon died in Washington, D.C.

Five years ago: J. Clifford Baxter, a former Enron Corp. executive who’d reportedly complained about the company’s questionable accounting practices, was found shot to death in a car, a suicide. A judge in Cambridge, Mass., sentenced Thomas Junta to six to 10 years in prison for beating another man to death at their sons’ hockey practice.

One year ago: The Islamic militant group Hamas won a large majority of seats in Palestinian parliamentary elections. A car full of siblings was crushed between a truck and a stopped school bus in Lake Butler, Fla., killing the seven adopted children just two miles from where they lived. “Survivor” Richard Hatch was convicted in Providence, R.I., of failing to pay taxes on his $1 million winnings (he was later sentenced to more than four years in prison).

Today’s Birthdays: Journalist-author Edwin Newman is 88. Actor Gregg Palmer is 80. The former president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, is 79. Actor Dean Jones is 76. Country singer Claude Gray is 75. The former president of the Philippines, Corazon Aquino, is 74. Blues singer Etta James is 69. Movie director Tobe Hooper is 64. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 63. Actress Jenifer Lewis is 50. Actress Dinah Manoff is 49. Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kina is 38. Actress China Kantner is 36. Musician Matt Odmark (Jars of Clay) is 33. Actress Mia Kirshner is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Alicia Keys is 26.

Thought for Today: “By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long passed which determined the future.” — Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, American writer (1900-1948).