The events happened on 25th January are :
41 : Claudius affirmed as Roman emperor : On this day in AD 41, Claudius I, who extended Roman rule in North Africa and made Britain a province of Rome, was affirmed as emperor, ascending to the post one day after the murder of his nephew, Gaius Caesar (Caligula).
1882 : British writer Virginia Woolf, who made an original contribution to the form of the novel and was one of the most distinguished critics of her time, was born in London.
1874 : English author W. Somerset Maugham, best known for the novels Of Human Bondage (1915), The Moon and Sixpence (1919), Cakes and Ale (1930), and The Razor's Edge (1944), was born.
1759 : Robert Burns, national poet of Scotland, was born in Alloway in Ayrshire.
1554 : Jesuit missionaries founded the city of São Paulo (now in Brazil) on the anniversary of the conversion of St. Paul.
1533 : Henry VIII, king of England, married his second wife, Anne Boleyn, in a secret ceremony.
844 : A Roman archdeacon named John was elected antipope against the nobility's candidate, Pope Sergius II.
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