spotlight Today in history: Jan. 25 Jan 25, 2020 Jan 25, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1863: The Civil War In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln accepted Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's resignation as commander of the Army of the Potomac and replaced him with Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker. AP 1924: First Winter Olympics In 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games opened in Chamonix (shah-moh-NEE'), France. AP 1945: Battle of the Bulge In 1945, the World War II Battle of the Bulge ended as German forces were pushed back to their original positions. AP 1947: Al Capone In 1947, gangster Al Capone died in Miami Beach, Florida, at age 48. AP 1961: John F. Kennedy In 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference to be carried live on radio and television. AP 1971: Charles Manson 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. AP 1981: Iran Hostages Return In 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States. AP 1990: Ava Gardner In 1990, actress Ava Gardner died in London at age 67. AP 1993: CIA Shooting In 1993, a gunman shot and killed two CIA employees outside agency headquarters in Virginia (Pakistani national Mir Aimal Kansi was later tried and convicted of the shootings, and executed). AP 1993: Sears In 1993, Sears announced that it would no longer publish its famous century-old catalog. AP 1994: Michael Jackson In 1994, maintaining his innocence, singer Michael Jackson settled a child molestation lawsuit against him; terms were confidential, although the monetary figure was reportedly $22 million. AP 1998: Pope John Paul II In 1998, Pope John Paul II ended his historic journey to Cuba. AP 2010: "Avatar" Ten years ago: Director James Cameron's sci-fi spectacle "Avatar" overtook his shipwreck saga "Titanic" to become the world's highest-grossing film. AP 2010: Ali Hassan al-Majid Ten years ago: Iraq hanged Ali Hassan al-Majid (ah-LEE' hah-SAHN' ahl mah-ZHEED'), known as "Chemical Ali" for his role in gassing 5,000 people in a Kurdish village. AP 2010: Plane Crash Ten years ago: An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed into the Mediterranean after taking off from Beirut in a fierce thunderstorm; all 90 people aboard were killed. AP 2015: "Birdman" Five years ago: "Birdman" won best ensemble from the Screen Actors Guild, a day after winning the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. Invision 2015: Greece Election Five years ago: The radical left-wing Syriza party rode an anti-austerity platform to victory in Greece's parliamentary elections, setting the stage for a showdown with international creditors. Party leader Alexis Tsipras (TSEE'-prahs) promised to end the "five years of humiliation and pain" that Greece had endured since an international bailout saved it from bankruptcy in 2010. AP 2015: Shinzo Abe Five years ago: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered condolences to the family and friends of Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer taken hostage in Syria, and said a video purporting to show that he had been killed was likely authentic. AP 2017: Mary Tyler Moore and John Hurt In 2017, death claimed actress Mary Tyler Moore at age 80 and actor John Hurt at age 77. AP 2017: Trump Immigration In 2017, 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." AP 2019: Brazil Dam Collapse One year ago: A dam owned by a mining company collapsed in Brazil, unleashing a wave of toxic mud; more than 200 people were killed with dozens of others missing. AP 2019: Government Shutdown One year ago: President Donald Trump signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress first give him money for his border wall. AP 2019: Roger Stone One year ago: President Trump’s confidant Roger Stone was arrested by the FBI in a pre-dawn raid at his Florida home and charged with lying about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election bid. (Stone was convicted in November 2019, on charges including lying to Congress and witness tampering; he is awaiting sentencing in February.) 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