Today's History Trivia for October 25
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis Adlai Stevenson shows aerial photos of Cuban missiles to the United Nations. President Kennedy responded to Khrushchev, stating that the U.S. was forced into action after receiving repeated assurances that no offensive missiles were being placed in Cuba, and that those assurances proved to be false.
1944 USS Tang is Sunk By Its Own Torpedo A torpedo fired from the submarine malfunctioned and went in a circular pattern. The USS Tang tried to outmaneuver it, but was struck and subsequently struck. It sank killing 78 crewmen. Nine survivors were taken prisoner by the Japanese. Some of the men escaped using a mechanical breathing device known as a Momsen lung. The USS Tang, launched the previous year, had sank 33 enemy ships.
1992 Ross Perot The off-again/on-again U.S. Presidential candidate states that he had dropped out the race because of threats to disrupt his daughter's wedding.
1983 U.S. invades Grenada It claimed U.S. medical students were in danger.
1972 First female FBI agents graduate from the FBI training course.
1960 First mass produced electronic wristwatch Bulova's Accutron goes on sale.
1940 First black U.S. army brigadier general Benjamin Oliver Davis is appointed.
1929 First U.S. President's Cabinet Member Convicted of a Crime Warren Harding's Secretary of the Interior, Albert Bacon Fall, is convicted of accepting a $100,000 bribe. He was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $100,000.
1926 Presidential Power The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the President has the authority to remove executive officers from their positions.
1870 First U.S. trademark is awarded, to the Averill Chemical Paint Co. of New York.
1867 First U.S. rabbinical school Maimonides College of Philadelphia is founded.
1850 Southern Rights Association is established. Its purpose was to end slavery.
Today's Birthdays for October 25
1963 Tracy Nelson American actress. TV: Father Dowling Mysteries (Sister Steve) and Melrose Place (Meredith).
1957 Nancy Cartwright American actress. TV: The Simpsons (voice of Bart).
1949 Brian Kerwin American actor. TV: Lobo (Deputy Hawkins).
1941 Helen Reddy Australian singer. Music: I Am Woman (1972) and Delta Dawn (1973).
1933 Eugene Lee d. 2005 American actor. The Little Rascals (Spanky's little brother Porky). He appeared in 42 Our Gang films. "O-tay!"
1928 Marion Ross American actress. TV: Happy Days (Mrs. C.).
1928 Anthony Franciosa d. 2006 (Anthony Papaleo), American actor. TV: The Name of the Game (Jeff Dillon) and Matt Helm (title role).
1912 Minnie Pearl d. 1996 (Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon), American comedienne, "Howdeeeeee!" She was the first woman inducted into the National Hall of Fame (1994). Radio: Grand Ole Opry (1940-91). TV: Hee Haw (1969-91).
1888 Richard E. Byrd d. 1957 American naval aviator. He and Floyd Bennett became the first to fly over the North Pole (1926), and he was the first to fly over the South Pole (1929).
1881 Pablo Ruiz Picasso d. 1973 Spanish artist, considered the greatest artist of the 20th century. His last words were "Drink to me," which Paul McCartney used in a song about his death.
1825 Johann Strauss d. 1899 Austrian composer, "The Waltz King."
Deaths for October 25
2013 Marcia Wallace b. 1942 American Emmy-winning actress. TV: The Bob Newhart Show (Carol the receptionist) and The Simpsons (voice of school teacher Mrs. Krabappel).
1995 Viveca Lindfors b. 1920 Swedish Emmy-winning actress. Film: Four in a Jeep (1951) and The Sure Thing (1985). TV: Life Goes On (1990, Won an Emmy for a guest appearance as a dance instructor.).
1995 Bobby Riggs b. 1918 American tennis player. He lost to Billy Jean King in "The Battle of the Sexes" (1973). At the beginning of the match, Riggs presented King with a giant lollipop and she gave him a piglet. He was ranked #1 for three years.
1994 Mildred Natwick b. 1905 American Emmy-winning actress. TV: The Snoop Sisters (Gwendolyn Snoop). Film: Barefoot in the Park (1967, Ethel Banks).
1993 Vincent Price b. 1911 American horror actor. Film: House of Wax (1953) , The Fly (1958), The Last Man on Earth (1964). TV: Batman (as Egghead) and Mystery (as host).
1992 Roger Miller b. 1936 American Grammy (11 from 1964-65) and Tony-winning composer. He wrote King of the Road (1965, #1), which became the hobo anthem.
1991 Bill Graham b. 1931 (Wulf Wolodia Grajonca), German-born American concert promoter. He helped pioneer the mass rock concert as an American cultural event. He died in a helicopter crash.
1986 Forrest Tucker b. 1919 American actor. TV: F Troop (1965-67, Sgt. O'Rourke).
1957 Albert Anastasia b. 1902 American gangster and hit-man. A founder of both the American Mafia and "Murder Incorporated". He was boss of what would become the modern Gambino crime family. He was killed by two gunmen in a New York barber shop.
1922 Oskar Hertwig b. 1849 German embryologist. He discovered that a single spermatozoon (sperm cell) could fertilize and egg (1875).
1920 Alexander I b. 1893 King of Greece (1917-20). Died of blood poisoning after being bitten by a pet monkey.
1826 Philippe Pinel b. 1745 French physician, "father of modern psychiatry." He pioneered the humane treatment of the mentally ill and opposed the commonly-held belief that mental illness was caused by demonic possession.
1806 Henry Knox b. 1750 American Revolutionary War hero. He established the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1779) and was the first U.S. Secretary of War (1785-94).
1760 George II b. 1683 King of Great Britain and Ireland (1727-60).
1647 Evangelista Torricelli b. 1608 Italian physicist, inventor of the barometer (1643).
1400 Geoffrey Chaucer b. 1340 English poet, Canterbury Tales (1387).
625 Boniface V b. ???? Italian-born religious leader, 69th Pope (619-625).
304 Saint Marcellinus b. ???? Italian religious leader, 29th Pope (296-304).