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On This Day in History - 25th January


1759Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet
1882Virginia Woolf, English novelist
1922Raymond Baxter, Broadcaster; presenter of 'Tomorrows World'
1939Angela Thorne, Actress
1944Leigh Taylor-Young, Hollywood actress
1956Andy Cox, Of the Beat/Fine Young Cannibals
1962Emma Freud, Television presenter


1917The United States bought the Virgin islands for 25 million dollars
1924The first ever Winter Olympic games were held, in French alps
1972The Worlds first kidney & pancreatic tissue transplant was carried out in London
1974Dr Christian Barnard performed a heart transplant, leaving the original heart in place
1981The Social Democrats party was formed in UK
1984The government announced a ban on union membership at GCHQ
1985The first ever international hockey match was held
1990The American film actress, Ava Gardener, died in London
1992A selection of America's popular films began showing on Soviet television
1995The maxium speed limit for cocahes in Britain was reduced to 65 mph