Jan. 25: Etta James

bd-Etta_JamesEtta James, (1938-2012): blues singer, noted crossword puzzle clue (see 14 Down).

Other Jan. 25 birthdays:

Virginia “Big Bad” Woolf (1882-1941): English writer, real name Virginia Wolverine

Somerset Maugham (1874-1965): English author, “The Quadruple-Blade Disposable Razor’s Edge.”

Other Jan. 25 milestones:

On this day in 1915, Alexander Graham Bell launched the nation’s transcontinental telephone service, predicting that by 2008 phone-addicted “zombies” would roam the streets babbling into tiny “cellular” phones.

On this day in 1964, the Beatles exploded onto the scene with their first No. 1 hit with “I Want to Hold Your Hand Grenade.”

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