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January 25, 2014

Today in History for Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014

-- — Highlight in History

On Jan. 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games opened in Chamonix, France.

On this date

In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone service between New York and San Francisco.

Ten years ago

NASA’s Opportunity rover zipped its first pictures of Mars to Earth, showing a surface smooth and dark red in some places, and strewn with fragmented slabs of light bedrock in others. Outgoing U.S. weapons inspector David Kay told National Public Radio his inability to find illicit arms in Iraq raised serious questions about U.S. intelligence-gathering. Mikhail Saakashvili was inaugurated as Georgia’s president. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” snared best dramatic film at the Golden Globes; HBO’s six-hour adaptation of “Angels in America” won best miniseries or TV movie.

Five years ago

The White House used the Sunday talk shows to warn the country could face a long and painful financial recovery, even with major government intervention. Jeremy Abbott won his first title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held in Cleveland.

One year ago

The U.S. Department of Education declared that students with disabilities had to be given a fair shot to play on a traditional sports team or have their own leagues. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators marched through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion.

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