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On January the 25th
One of the strongest storm fronts ever recorded hit North-western Europe causing extensive property damage across many countries as well as the death of more than 60 people.
American actress, Ava Gardner, died at the age of 67 in London, England. She was the daughter of a family of poor tobacco farmers, which rose to become one of the biggest stars in the history of cinema.
Mao Zedong's widow Jiang Qing was sentenced to death for her role in the cultural revolution of China which claimed the lives of millions of civilians. The sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment.
American athlete, Tim Montgomery, was born in North Carolina, USA. He was briefly the holder of the world record in 100 meters, but his record was later disqualified when it was revealed that he had been using performance-enhancing drugs.
Charles Manson along with 3 members of his cult were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
A military coup in Uganda deposed, then president, Milton Obote and installed Idi Amin as president. Idi Amin was deposed in 1979 and is considered to have been one of the most brutal dictators of the 20th century.
David Ben-Gurion was elected as the first Israeli prime minister.
American gangster, Al Capone, died at the age of 48. He died in the mental institution to which he had been residing for the last ten years of his jail term.
The League of Nations was founded. It was the predecessor of the United Nations and was dissolved in 1946, having failed to stem the tide of the Second World War. All its functions passed to the United Nations.
British writer, Virginia Woolf, was born in London. She is widely considered as one of the most important literary figures of the 20th century. She is also considered as an icon of feminism, although it was not a term she wanted to be associated with.
Moscow University was founded.
The city of Sao Paulo, Brazil was founded by Portuguese Jesuit missionaries.
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