Today is Wednesday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2012 with 341 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mercury, Mars and Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Uranus, Venus and Neptune.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include Irish natural philosopher Robert Boyle, a founder of modern chemistry, in 1627; Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1759; soap maker and philanthropist William Colgate in 1783; novelists W. Somerset Maugham in 1874 and Virginia Woolf in 1882; hall of fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell in 1918; news commentator Edwin Newman in 1919; football Hall of Famer Lou Groza in 1924; former Philippine President Corazon Aquino in 1933; singers Etta James in 1938 (age 74) and Alicia Keys in 1981 (age 31); football Hall of Fame member Carl Eller in 1942 (age 70); track star Steve Prefontaine in 1951; and actors Dean Jones in 1931 (age 81); Leigh Taylor-Young in 1945 (age 67) and Dinah Manoff in 1958 (age 54).
On this date in history:
In 1554, the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was established.
In 1890, Nellie Bly, a young New York reporter, completed a trip around the world in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes.
In 1915, transcontinental phone service was inaugurated in a hookup between New York and San Francisco.
In 1919, the League of Nations was founded. It lasted until 1946 when it was replaced by the United Nations.
In 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games opened in Chamonix, France.
In 1947, gangster Al "Scarface" Capone died at age 48 after suffering from syphilis.
In 1959, the first scheduled transcontinental flight took place, a non-stop American Airlines flight from California to New York.
In 1961, newly inaugurated U.S. President John Kennedy had the first televised presidential news conference.
In 1971, Idi Amin became president of Uganda through a coup.
In 1981, 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days returned to the United States.
In 1984, Apple's Macintosh computer went on sale. Price tag: $2,495.
In 1990, a Colombian jetliner with little fuel left crashed in Long Island, N.Y., after missing its first approach to Kennedy Airport. Seventy-three people died.
In 1991, a huge Persian Gulf oil slick began to form as Iraqi forces sabotaged Kuwaiti oil terminals.
In 1993, a man with a rifle opened fire near the main CIA gate in Langley, Va., killing two agency employees and wounding three others.
In 2004, Opportunity, the second of two NASA robot explorers, landed on Mars, joining its twin to explore the planet.
In 2006, the militant Islamic group Hamas, calling for destruction of Israel, scored a stunning victory in the Palestinian parliamentary election.
In 2007, a car and two motorcycles rigged with explosives exploded in three Baghdad sites, killing at least 32 people and injuring at least 80 others.
In 2008, China's Ministry of Railway said 18 railroad workers were killed and nine injured by a high-speed train that barreled into their work site in Anqiu.
In 2009, voters in Bolivia approved a new constitution expanding the rights of the indigenous people, who made up about 55 percent of the Bolivian population.
Also in 2010, car bombs tore through security barricades of three Baghdad hotels and an apartment building in a coordinated attack that killed 36 people and wounded 71.
In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, announced plans to reduce the federal deficit by $400 billion over 10 years. The plan includes budget cuts and domestic spending freezes.
A thought for the day: Eric Hoffer wrote, "The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything."