It happened today – this day in history – October 25

Mick Ferris

1400: Author and poet Geoffrey Chaucer dies aged 54.

1415: Henry V’s forces defeat the larger French army at the Battle of Agincourt.

1596: The Spanish feet sails from Lisbon to Ireland.

1616: Dutch East India Company ship “The Eendracht” discovers Dirk-Hartog Island, Australia.

1671: Giovanni Cassini discovers Iapetus, satellite of Saturn.

1747: British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeats the French at the second battle of Cape Finisterre.

1760: George III becomes king on the death of George II.

1828: The British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeats the French at the second battle of Cape Finisterre.

1838: Birth of composer Georges Bizet in Paris.

1854: During the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War, the charge of the Light Brigade results in 100 killed.

1875: The first performance of Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky in Boston, Massachusetts.

1881: Birth of artist Pablo Picasso in Malaga.

1885: Premiere of Johannes Brahms’ 4th Symphony in E.

1900: Britain annexes the former Boer South African Republic, renaming it the Transvaal Colony.

1919: Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, last Shah of Iran, is born on Tehran.

1941: 16,000 Jews are massacred in Odessa, Ukraine. On the same day, Germany attacks Moscow.

1945: The Japanese surrender Taiwan to General Chiang Kai-shek.

1955: Austria resumed its sovereignty for the first time since 1938 after the departure of the last Allied occupation forces.

1958: Cliff Richard makes his British radio debut on the BBC’s ‘Saturday Club’.

1962: John Steinbeck is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1964: Ferrari driver John Surtees finishes second in the season ending Mexican Grand Prix to clinch the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.


1973: Ethiopian marathon legend Abebe Bikila dies of a brain haemorrhage aged 41.

1976: The Queen opens the National Theatre on the South Bank after years of delays.

1981: Singles chart:

  1. It’s My Party – Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
  2. Happy Birthday – Altered Images
  3. O Superman – Laurie Anderson
  4. Absolute Beginners – The Jam
  5. The Birdie Song – The Tweets
  6. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police
  7. Thunder In The Mountains – Toyah
  8. A Good Year For The Roses – Elvis Costello
  9. Labelled With Love – Squeeze
  10. It’s Raining – Shakin Stevens
1981: Not The Nine O Clock News – Hedgehog Sandwich

Album chart:

  1. Dare – The Human League
  2. Shaky – Shakin Stevens
  3. Ghost In The Machine – The Police
  4. The Best Of… – Blondie
  5. Hedgehog Sandwich – Not The Nine o Clock News
  6. Hooked On Classics – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  7. If I Should Love Again – Barry Manilow
  8. Almost Blue – Elvis Costello and The Attractions
  9. Super Hits 1 and 2 – Various Artists
  10. Love Is… – Various Artists

1983: US forces seize control of the Caribbean island of Grenada less than a week after a left- – wing coup in which the prime minister, Maurice Bishop, was killed.

1984: The EEC donates £1.8 million to help combat the famine in Ethiopia.

1985: Singer and Auf Wiedersehen Pet actor Gary Holton dies of a drug overdose.

1990: Evander Holyfield KOs James Buster Douglas in Round 3 for the heavyweight boxing title.

1992: Singer-songwriter Roger Miller dies of lung and throat cancer aged 56.

1993: Actor Vincent Price dies aged 82.

1995: Cliff Richard is knighted by The Queen – the first pop star to receive the honour.

1999: Golfer Payne Stewart dies in a place crash aged 42.

2001: Crime rates in Britain are the lowest for 20 years. On the same day, Windows XP goes on sale.

2002: Actor Richard Harris dies aged 72.

2003: Johnny Cash’s step-daughter, Rosey Nix Adams and her fiddle player Jimmy Campbell were found dead on their tour bus in Clarksville, Tennessee from carbon monoxide poisoning.

2004: DJ John Peel died in Cuzco, Peru, from a heart attack, aged 65.

2009: Ivanka Trump marries Jared Kushner at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

2014: Bassist Jack Bruce dies of liver failure aged 71.

2016: Brazil 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto (Torres) dies aged 72.

BIRTHDAYS: Jon Anderson, singer-songwriter (Yes) 76; Glynis Barber, actress, 65; Chad Smith, drummer (The Red Hot Chilli Peppers) 58; Nick Hancock, TV presenter, 58; Ed Robertson, guitarist (Barenaked Ladies) 50; Zadie Smith, novelist, 45; Shaun Wright-Phillips, footballer, 39; Katy Perry (Kate Hudson), singer-songwriter, 36; Darron Gibson, footballer, 33.


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