Today in History - October 25th

  • 1492 - Today in history, Columbus' ship The Santa Maria landed at Dominican Republic.
  • 1825 - Erie Canal opened, linking the Great Lakes & the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1881 - The founder of "Cubism," Pablo Picasso, was born in Málaga, Spain. 
  • 1917 - The Bolsheviks (Communists) under Lenin seized power in Russia. 
  • 1941 - 16,000 Jews were massacred in Odessa, Ukraine.
  • 1954 - A United States cabinet meeting was televised for the first time.
  • 1960 - Cuba nationalized all remaining U.S. businesses.
  • 1962 - Today in history, John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1962 - United States Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presented photographic evidence to the United Nations Security Council. The photos were of Soviet missile bases in Cuba. 
  • 1963 - Anti-Kennedy "WANTED FOR TREASON" pamphlets were scattered in Dallas.
  • 2004 - Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announced that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8.
  • 2012 - On this day in history, hurricane Sandy made landfall in Cuba and Jamaica and headed towards The Bahamas. Eventually, it would wreak havoc on the East Coast of the U.S.

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, October 25th

  • 1870 - Today in history, the first United States trademark was given. The recipient was the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City.
  • 1906 - US inventor Lee de Forest patented "Audion," a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio & broadcasting
  • 1955 - The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company.
  • 1960 - The Accutron watch by the Bulova Watch Company was introduced. 
  • 1984 - On this day in history, the Hepatitis virus was discovered.
  • 2001 - Scientists unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons. 

SPORTS - Today in History, October 25th

  • 1884 - First World Series OK: Providence (NL) swept New York Mets (AA) in 3.
  • 1973 - Today in history, Chris Wills won the first National hang-gliding championship.

CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, October 25th

  • 1924 - "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip was published for the first time.
  • 1939 - Nylon stockings went on sale in U.S. for the first time.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, October 25th

  • 1938 - The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounced Swing music as "a degenerated musical system... turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people", warning that it would lead down a "primrose path to hell."
  • 1963 - Beatles began their first foreign tour in Sweden.
  • 1968 - Today in history, Yoko Ono announced that she was having John Lennon's baby.


  • 1881 - Pablo Picasso, Malaga Spain, artist (3 Dancers, Guernica)
  • 1928 - Marion Ross, actress (Marion-Happy Days, Brooklyn Bridge)
  • 1944 - James Carville, American political strategist and commentator