Today In History Spotlights Jan. 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy Delivers First Televised News Conference

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President John F. Kennedy delivers the first televised news conference. This was viewed by an estimated 65-million people. In the speech, which lasted approximately 37 minutes, Kennedy announced that he had postponed nuclear test negotiations with the Soviet Union until March of that year.

Likewise, he informed the nation that the Soviets had released two survivors of a downed US RB-47 aircraft, as well as that America would be increasing food aid to the Congo.

What Happened On This Day – January 25

  • 1977 The world’s first solar power plant is opened. The solar furnace in Odeillo, France was the first power plant providing alternative energy.
  • 1971 Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda. The dictator’s rule (1971 – 1979) was characterized by human right abuse, political repression, and corruption.
  • 1947 The first arcade game is patented. Thomas Goldsmith’s “Cathode ray tube amusement device” is considered the ancestor of video games.
  • 1924 The first Winter Olympics begin. The I Olympic Winter Games were held in Chamonix, France.
  • 1919 The League of Nations is founded. It is the predecessor of the United Nations and the first international organization devoted to maintaining world peace.

Births On This Day – January 25

  • 1981 Alicia Keys – American singer-songwriter, pianist, actress
  • 1933 Corazon Aquino – Filipino politician, 11th President of the Philippines
  • 1913 Witold Lutosławski – Polish composer, conductor
  • 1882 Virginia Woolf – English author, critic
  • 1759 Robert Burns – Scottish poet

Deaths On This Day – January 25

  • 2005 Philip Johnson – American architect, designed the IDS Center, PPG Place
  • 1982 Mikhail Suslov – Soviet politician
  • 1954 M. N. Roy – Indian activist, theorist
  • 1947 Al Capone – American gangster
  • 389 Gregory of Nazianzus – Turkish archbishop, theologian

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