ANDREWS MCMEEL ALMANAC
Today is the 25th day of 2017 and the 36th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1533, King Henry VIII of England secretly married Anne Boleyn.
In 1787, Shays' Rebellion forces failed in an attempt to overtake the U.S. arsenal in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental telephone call from New York to San Francisco.
In 1961, a few days after his inauguration, President John F. Kennedy held the first televised presidential news conference.
In 2004, NASA's Opportunity rover landed on the surface of Mars.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Burns (1759-1796), poet; W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), author/playwright; Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), author/essayist; Etta James (1938-2012), singer-songwriter; Paul Nurse (1949- ), biochemist/Nobel laureate; Steve Prefontaine (1951-1975), runner; Alicia Keys (1981- ), singer-songwriter; Patrick Willis (1985- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: The Mars Opportunity rover continues to make scientific observations and report back to Earth in 2016, more than 11 years beyond the duration of activity for which it was designed.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games began in Chamonix, France. The Canadian ice hockey team dominated the games, winning all five of its contests while outscoring the competition 110-3.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too." -- W. Somerset Maugham, "Strictly Personal"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 6 -- wives of King Henry VIII. He ordered two, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, executed by beheading.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Jan 19) and new moon (Jan. 27).