This Day in History - October 25

October 25

1154 – Stephen, King of England, dies

1400 – English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, dies

1415 – An English army under Henry V defeats the French at Agincourt, France during the Hundred Years’ War

1748 – Henry Fielding, author of Tom Jones, is commissioned as justice of the peace for Westminster and Middlesex

1760 – George III of England crowned

1764 – Future President, John Adams, marries Abigail Smith

1774 – First Continental Congress sends a respectful petition to King George III to inform him that if it had not been for the acts of oppression forced upon the colonies by the British Parliament, the American people would be standing behind British rule

1806 – American General, Henry Knox, dies

1825 – Composer, Johann Strauss, is born

1838 – Composer, Georges Bizet, is born

1853 – Paiute Indians attack U.S. Army Captain John W. Gunnison and his party of 37 soldiers and railroad surveyors near Sevier Lake, Utah, and Gunnison and seven others died

1854 – A brigade of British light infantry is killed by Russian artillery during the Crimean War. It is known as the “Charge of the light brigade” and is described as one of the most heroic or disastrous episodes in British military history, as Lord James Cardigan leads his men into slaughter in full view of the Russian artillery

1861 – During the Civil War, an important shift in the history of naval warfare occurred, as the keel of the Union ironclad Monitor is laid at Greenpoint, New York

1881 – Painter and sculptor, Pablo Picasso, is born

1888 – US aviator and explorer who made the first flight over the North Pole, Richard E. Byrd is born

1889 – Film director, Abel Gance, is born

1902 – American historian, Henry Steele Commager, is born

1914 – Poet, John Berryman, is born

1916 – German pilot Rudolf von Eschwege shoots down his first enemy plane over Bulgaria

1916 – French troops celebrate after recapturing Fort Douaumont, the fortress guarding the city of Verdun, under siege by the German army for months

1923 – The Teapot Dome scandal, named for the Teapot Dome oil reserves in Wyoming, involved Albert B. Fall secretly leasing naval oil reserve lands to private companies, comes to public attention when Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana, subcommittee chairman, reveals the findings of the past 18 months of investigation

1940 – German troops capture Kharkov and launch a new drive toward Moscow during World War II

1940 – American basketball player and coach, Bob Knight, is born

1941 – Novelist, Anne Tyler, is born

1944 – In World War II, the Japanese are defeated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the world’s largest sea engagement and will force the Japanese Navy to rely on suicidal attacks of Kamikaze fighters from this point on

1948 – Wrestling legend, Don Gable, is born

1950 – Chinese Communist Forces launch their first-phase offensive across the Yalu River into North Korea

1951 – Winston Churchill becomes prime minister, and Anthony Eden becomes foreign secretary during England’s general election

1954 – President Eisenhower conducts the first televised Cabinet meeting

1957 – Voice actress, including Bart Simpson and many characters on The Simpsons, Nancy Cartwright, is born

1958 – The last U.S. troops leave Beirut

1960 – Martin Luther King, Jr. is sentenced to four months in jail for participating in a sit-in

1962 – Adlai Stevenson shows photos to the UN Security Council that prove Soviet missiles have been installed in Cuba

1962 – Nelson Mandela, civil rights activist in South Africa, is sentenced to five years in prison

1964 – German singer, Nicole, is born

1970 – Actor and singer, Adam Pascal, is born

1970 – Dutch kickboxer, Peter Aerts, is born

1971 – Violinist, Midori Goto, is born

1971 – United Nations expels the Republic of China and seats the People’s Republic of China

1972 – The White House orders a suspension of bombing above the 20th parallel as a signal of U.S. approval of recent North Vietnamese concessions at the secret peace talks in Paris during the Vietnam War

1973 – President Nixon vetoes the War Powers Resolution, which would limit presidential power to commit armed forces abroad without Congressional approval

1979 – Canadian wrestler, Rosa Mendes, is born

1983 – 1,800 U.S. troops and 300 Caribbean troops land on Grenada to prove a Cuban and Soviet presence, and will uncover large stores of arms and documents

1984 – Singer and songwriter, Katy Perry, is born

1991 – The last soldiers of the Yugoslav People’s Army leaves the Republic of Slovenia

1992 – American singer, songwriter, and actor, Roger Miller, dies

1994 – Susan Smith reports that she was carjacked in South Carolina by a man who took her two small children in the backseat of her car, but would later admit that she lied and instead had driven her car into the John D. Long Lake in order to drown her children, for which she was sentenced to life in prison

2000 – a Russian military plane crashes into a mountain in Georgia, killing all 83 people on board

2001 – Heiress apparent to the Belgian throne, Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, is born

2002 – Actor, Richard Harris, dies

2009 – Terrorist bombings in Baghdad kill over 150 and wound over 700


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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