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October 25th Major News Events

  1. 1984 Ethiopia Famine
  2. 1983 Marines Invade Grenada
  3. 1944 Philippines Kamikaze Bombers
  4. 1970 Pacific Glory is on fire and is continuing to spill crude oil into the English Channel
  5. 1917 Soviet Revolution or Bolsheviks Revolution
  6. 1952 The Mousetrap Opens In London's West End

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25 Oct, 1984 Ethiopia Famine

1984 : Following reports from Oxfam, Save the Children, Christian Aid and the Red Cross who believe 10 million people are facing starvation in Ethiopia. The EEC donates £1.8 million. It is thought just in 1984 1 million people died of starvation in Ethiopia as the aid was still not enough and in many cases to late. In December of 1984 music stars from around the world recorded "Do they know it's Christmas?" and the single raised more than £12 million for famine victims in Africa.

25 Oct, 1983 Marines Invade Grenada

October 25th, 1983 : President Ronald Reagan orders marines to invade Grenada and secure the safety of 1,000 American Citizens following threats by the nation's Marxist regime. One week later the Marxist government is overthrown.

25 Oct, 1944 Philippines Kamikaze Bombers

1944 : The Japanese deploy kamikaze suicide bombers against American warships for the first time during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history between the Imperial Japanese Navy and the U.S. Third and U.S. Seventh Fleets.

25 Oct, 1964 U.S.A. Rolling Stones

October 25th, 1964 : The British Invasion of Music continues when the Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan's TV variety show, after the clean cut Beatles the Stones were considered the opposite and became popular due to the very different style and content of their music together with the anti-establishment look.

25 Oct, 1970 Great Britain Pacific Glory

1970 : The Liberian registered tanker Pacific Glory is on fire and is continuing to spill crude oil into the English Channel creating a huge oil slick, the tanker has 100,000 gallons of crude oil on board and many fear an environmental disaster as bad as the Torrey Canyon disaster off the Cornish coast 3 years ago.

25 Oct, 1971 China United Nations

October 25th, 1971 : The communist People's Republic of China is recognized by the United Nations and the Nationalist Chinese government of Taiwan is expelled.

25 Oct, 1917 Soviet Revolution or Bolsheviks Revolution

1917 : The October revolution when Bolsheviks gained power from the provisional government and is celebrated on the 25th October due to the capture of the Winter Palace, Petrograd (the seat of the Provisional government) on this day in history.

25 Oct, 1933 U.S.A. Gold Buying

1933 : The Roosevelt gold buying policy was inaugurated today with the government paying $31.36 per ounce 27 cents higher than quotations on the London Gold Exchange. The London Price is currently $31.00 based on the exchange rate of $4.78 to the British Pound.

25 Oct, 1935 Haiti Hurricane

1935 : A major hurricane strikes Haiti leaving more than 2,000 people dead and many thousands homeless and hungry.

25 Oct, 1948 Italy Rome's "Misery Belt"

1948 : New hope is being given to the 10,000 residents of Rome's "Misery Belt" which consists of shanties and hovels made out of packing cases, sewer pipes and war wrecked cars that these people are living in on the outskirts of Rome after the loss of their homes through bombing in the war. A brand new village is to be created with 350 one, two and three bedroom homes to house 1,000 families and will include schools and a church.

25 Oct, 1950 Tibet Chinese Control

1950 : The Chinese Communists announced today that they have increased their army strength to more than 10 million men to free 3,000,000 Tibetans from Imperialist Aggression.

25 Oct, 1952 The Mousetrap Opens In London's West End

1952 : The Mousetrap a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie opens in London's West End at the New Ambassadors Theatre. The play has now run a record-breaking 23,074 performances and is running at St Martin's Theatre.

25 Oct, 1955 U.S.A. Bennies

1955 : A crackdown on the sale and use of stimulants often called "Bennies" "Golf Balls" or "Co_Pilots" in the trucking industry is occurring in many states, the truckers use them to stay awake on long journeys.

25 Oct, 1964 Zambia Independence

1964 : Zambia formerly Northern Rhodesia the home of the Victoria Falls becomes the ninth African state to gain independence from the British Rule. The new president of the country is Kenneth Kaunda from the United National Independence Party.

25 Oct, 1977 U.S.A. Statue of Liberty

1977 : Two dozen persons took over the Statue Of Liberty in a siege this morning, they have said they represent the New York Committee to Free the Puerto Rican Nationalist Prisoners.

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25 Oct, 1984 U.S.A. Hepatitis

1984 : Researchers have identified the virus that causes so-called non-A, non-B hepatitis.

25 Oct, 2001 U.S.A. XP

October 25th, 2001 : Microsoft releases its new operating system Windows XP.

25 Oct, 1854 Charge of the Light Brigade

1854 : Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War. Below is the famous poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson depicting the event:

"The Charge of the Light Brigade"

Half a league, half a league,

Half a league onward,

All in the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!

Charge for the guns' he said:

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!'

Was there a man dismay'd?

Not tho' the soldiers knew

Some one had blunder'd:

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die:

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to the right of them,

Cannon to the left of them,

Cannon in front of them

Volley'd and thunder'd;

Storm'd at with shot and shell,

Boldly they rode and well,

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of Hell

Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,

Flash'd as they turned in air

Sabring the gunners there,

Charging an army while

All the world wonder'd:

Plunged in the battery-smoke

Right thro' the line they broke;

Cossack and Russian

Reel'd from the sabre-stroke

Shatter'd and sunder'd.

Then they rode back, but not

Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon behind them

Volley'd and thunder'd;

Storm'd at with shot and shell,

While horse and hero fell,

They that had fought so well

Came thro' the jaws of Death,

Back from the mouth of Hell,

All that was left of them,

Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?

O the wild charge they made!

All the world wonder'd.

Honour the charge they made!

Honour the Light Brigade,

Noble six hundred!

—Alfred, Lord Tennyson

25 Oct, 2007 Singapore Airbus A380

2007 : The first Airbus A380 begins scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia. The Airbus A380 nicknamed Superjumbo due to it's floor space of 50% more than the Boeing 747-400 Jumbo. The aircraft is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner capable of carrying up to 853 people in economy class configuration.

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25 Oct, 2009 Iraq Suicide Attack

October 25th, 2009 : A double car bomb suicide attack on the ministry of justice building and a provincial government office in Baghdad leaves at least 150 people dead and an estimated 500 more injured.

25 Oct, 2011 Occupy Oakland Protests

2011 : Police arrest 75 people outside Oakland City Hall while clearing the campsite of the Occupy Oakland protest police disperse protesters, using tear gas and rubber bullets.

25 Oct, 2012 Japan Fukushima Fish Contaminated

October 25th, 2012 : Official data stated that up to forty percent fish caught off the coast near the Fukushima power plant remain unsafe for humans to eat, over a year after a massive earthquake sparked a nuclear disaster in the area.

25 Oct, 2013 North Korea Returns Citizens to Seoul

2013 : In a rare move of reconciliation North Korea has returned six South Korean citizens to Seoul. The men had not been on any list of those abducted by the North.

Born This Day In History October 25

Celebrating Birthdays Today

Nancy Cartwright

Born: 25th October 1957 Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.

Known For : Nancy Cartwright is a an American voice actress best known for her roles in The Simpsons as the voices of Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders and Ralph Wiggum since 1987.

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Chad Smith

Born: 25th October 1961 Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.

Known For : Chad Smith is the drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers which fuses traditional rock and funk with various elements of heavy metal, psychedelic rock and punk music. They have had a number of very successful albums over the last 20 years including Stadium Arcadium, By the Way and Blood Sugar Sex Magik.