Today in History….October 25

On this day in . . .

  1774, the First Continental Congress sends a respectful petition to King George III to inform his majesty 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

  1825, the Erie Canal, America’s first man-made waterway, was opened, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River

  1910, “America the Beautiful,” with words by Katharine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward, was first published.

  1917, traditionally understood date of the October Revolution, involving the capture of the Winter Palace, Petrograd, Russia. The date refers to the Julian Calendar date, and corresponds with November 7 in the Gregorian calendar

  1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history, takes place in and around the Philippines between the Imperial Japanese Navy and the U.S. Third and U.S. Seventh Fleets. ALSO: During the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the Japanese deploy kamikaze (“divine wind”) suicide bombers against American warships for the first time

  1945, the Republic of China takes over administration of Taiwan following Japan’s surrender to the Allies

  1957, mob boss Albert Anastasia of “Murder Inc.” notoriety was shot to death in a barber shop inside the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York

  1960, the Bulova Watch Co. introduced its electronic “Accutron” model.

  1962, during the Cuban missile crisis: Adlai Stevenson shows photos at the UN proving Soviet missiles are installed in Cuba

  1971, the United Nations admitted China as a member, ousting the Nationalist Chinese government of Taiwan

  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

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

  1994, Susan Smith reports a false carjacking to cover her murder of her two small children

  2000, AT&T announced it would break into four separate businesses in a bid to renew investor support

  2001, a day after the House signed on, the Senate sent President George W. Bush the USA PATRIOT (Uniting and Strengthening America By Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) Act, a package of measures giving police sweeping new powers to search people’s homes and business records secretly and to eavesdrop on telephone and computer conversations

  2004, Fidel Castro, Cuba’s President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8

  2010, Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged receiving millions of dollars in cash from Iran, adding that Washington gave him “bags of money” as well because his office lacked funds

   2011, U.S. officials reached an agreement with North Korea to resume recovery of the remains of soldiers killed during the Korean War. About 5,500 troops are believed missing in North Korea 

 

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