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January 25
2019

Disasters Accidents Riots

A dam collapse at an iron ore mine in Brumadinho, Brazil, triggered mudflows that slammed through the mine’s offices and cafeteria, killing over 270 people

January 25
2017

Deaths

British actor John Hurt died at the age of 77. Hurt starred in over 200 films and TV series over a career spanning six decades, his best known work including the films The Elephant Man, Alien, and Midnight Express, and the BBC series I Claudius

January 25
2016

Disasters Accidents Riots

At least 85 people died in Taiwan and tens of thousands were stranded in airports as an unprecedented cold snap hit several East Asian countries including China and South Korea

January 25
2015

Deaths

Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, died aged 68. He began his career with progressive rock group Aphrodite's Child but was best known for his solo hits in the 1970s, including Forever and Ever, Goodbye and My Friend the Wind

January 25
2013

Disasters Accidents Riots

Violent protests erupted throughout Egypt on the second anniversary of the Arab Spring revolution. At least six civilians were shot dead in Suez, while 450 others were injured nationwide, including in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where thousands of protesters gathered

January 25
2011

Society Law Politics

Ahmed Ghailani, the first Guantanamo detainee to have a civilian trial in the U.S., was sentenced to life imprisonment for conspiracy to destroy government buildings. He was found not guilty of 285 other charges filed against him, including 200 counts of murder

January 25
2011

Disasters Accidents Riots

Protests took place in cities across Egypt as tens of thousands of people took part in a “day of rage” against the government and the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, in power for 29 years

January 25
2010

Disasters Accidents Riots

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea just minutes after take-off from Beirut, Lebanon, killing all 90 people on board. Flight 409 was en route to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa

January 25
2010

Deaths

Former senior Iraqi minister Ali Hassan Abd al-Majid, known as “Chemical Ali” for his use of chemical weapons against the Iraqi Kurds, was executed by hanging

January 25
2009

Military

Sri Lankan troops captured Mullaitivu, the Tamil Tigers’ final stronghold, in the civil war that had been raging for 25 years. At least 70,000 people had been killed during the insurgency

January 25
2008

Military

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki claimed al-Qaeda in Iraq had been pushed out of most of the country, and Iraqi security forces were preparing a decisive offensive against the group in their last stronghold of Mosul, in response to attacks in the city that had killed around 40 people, including the regional police chief

January 25
2007

Economics Industry

The Ford Motor Company reported its biggest ever loss of $12.7 billion. It far exceeded the $7.39 billion it lost in 1992, the worst previous year in its 103-year history

January 25
2006

Society Law Politics

The militant Islamic group Hamas scored a stunning surprise victory in the Palestinian parliamentary election, winning a clear majority of 74 seats in the 132-seat Palestinian Legislative Council. Fatah, the party that had dominated Palestinian politics for decades, won only 45 seats, undone by a widespread belief that the party’s leadership was incompetent and corrupt. Fatah Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei announced his resignation but President Mahmoud Abbas remained in power and called for continuing negotiations with Israel. Israeli leader Ehud Olmert said no negotiations were possible until Hamas recognised Israel’s right to exist

January 25
2004

Deaths

Legendary Dutch athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen died at the age of 85. As a 30-year-old mother of two, she became the only female athlete to win four gold medals at a single Olympics, in London in 1948, triumphing in the 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles and 4x100m relay. She also made appearances at the 1936 and 1952 Games, and set 20 world records during her career. In 1999 the IAAF voted her female athlete of the 20th Century

January 25
2003

Sport Recreation

Serena Williams beat sister Venus in the final of the Australian Open to become only the 5th woman to hold all four Grand Slam tennis titles at the same time

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