Today in History: Oct. 25

Illustration of the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava during the Crimean War.  (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
In 1854, the “Charge of the Light Brigade” took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men charged the Russian army, suffering heavy losses. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) (The LIFE Picture Collection/Gett/Time Life Pictures)
Performers show their skills during the National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Taiwan's independence-leaning government will defend the self-governing island's freedoms and democratic system amid heightened tensions with rival China, President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
In 1945, Taiwan became independent of Japanese colonial rule. In this AP photo, performers show their skills during the National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Taiwan’s independence-leaning government will defend the self-governing island’s freedoms and democratic system amid heightened tensions with rival China, President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying) (AP/Chiang Ying-ying)
Cuban militiamen stand at battle stations on Havana's shoreline as the U.S. and the Soviet Union teeter on the brink of nuclear war over the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba in October, 1962. The missiles are withdrawn after President John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) gives assurances to Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev (1894 - 1971) that the U.S. will not invade Cuba. (Photo by Alan Oxley/Getty Images)
In 1962, during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson II demanded that Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin confirm or deny the existence of Soviet-built missile bases in Cuba, saying he was prepared to wait “until hell freezes over” for an answer; Stevenson then presented photographic evidence of the bases to the Council. (Photo by Alan Oxley/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alan Oxley)
American soldiers guarding suspected members of the People's Revolutionary Army of Grenada during the US OP Urgent Fury invasion of the island feared a Cuban/Soviet military threat in the Caribbean after a Marxist coup.  (Photo by Matthew Naythons/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
In 1983, a U.S.-led force invaded Grenada at the order of President Ronald Reagan, who said the action was needed to protect U.S. citizens there. (Photo by Matthew Naythons/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) (The LIFE Images Collection/Getty/Matthew Naythons)
People view weapons near a portrait of King George III in the "Peace, Liberty, and Independence": 225 Years After the Treaty of Paris exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.  The new exhibit tracks the course of the second-longest conflict in U.S. history the American Revolutionary War and the ways art helped rally support for independence from the British and promote the values of the emerging republic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
On Oct. 25, 1760, Britain’s King George III succeeded his late grandfather, George II. People view weapons near a portrait of King George III in the “Peace, Liberty, and Independence”: 225 Years After the Treaty of Paris exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008. The new exhibit tracks the course of the second-longest conflict in U.S. history the American Revolutionary War and the ways art helped rally support for independence from the British and promote the values of the emerging republic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Matt Rourke)
In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, a gun, a bible and other items sit in front of a mannequin depicting abolitionist John Brown, right, in the restored farmhouse where Brown launched his ill-fated, 1859 seizure of a federal armory in Dargan, Md. Historians cite the failed raid by Brown and 18 fervent followers in nearby Harpers Ferry, W.Va., as the opening salvo in the Civil War because it incited strong passions, especially in the slave-holding South. The farmhouse was designated a national historic landmark in 1973. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown went on trial in Charles Town, Va., for his failed raid at Harpers Ferry. (Brown was convicted and hanged.) In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, a gun, a bible and other items sit in front of a mannequin depicting abolitionist John Brown, right, in the restored farmhouse where Brown launched his ill-fated, 1859 seizure of a federal armory in Dargan, Md. Historians cite the failed raid by Brown and 18 fervent followers in nearby Harpers Ferry, W.Va., as the opening salvo in the Civil War because it incited strong passions, especially in the slave-holding South. The farmhouse was designated a national historic landmark in 1973. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Susan Smith
FILE – In this July 27, 1995 file photo, Susan Smith is escorted into the Union County Courthouse in Union, S.C. Smith sentenced to life in prison for killing her two young sons never planned to kill them and instead intended to end her own life, according to a letter she wrote to The State, a Columbia, S.C., newspaper, reported Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Lou Krasky, File) (AP)
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Illustration of the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava during the Crimean War.  (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Performers show their skills during the National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Taiwan's independence-leaning government will defend the self-governing island's freedoms and democratic system amid heightened tensions with rival China, President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Cuban militiamen stand at battle stations on Havana's shoreline as the U.S. and the Soviet Union teeter on the brink of nuclear war over the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba in October, 1962. The missiles are withdrawn after President John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) gives assurances to Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev (1894 - 1971) that the U.S. will not invade Cuba. (Photo by Alan Oxley/Getty Images)
American soldiers guarding suspected members of the People's Revolutionary Army of Grenada during the US OP Urgent Fury invasion of the island feared a Cuban/Soviet military threat in the Caribbean after a Marxist coup.  (Photo by Matthew Naythons/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
People view weapons near a portrait of King George III in the "Peace, Liberty, and Independence": 225 Years After the Treaty of Paris exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.  The new exhibit tracks the course of the second-longest conflict in U.S. history the American Revolutionary War and the ways art helped rally support for independence from the British and promote the values of the emerging republic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, a gun, a bible and other items sit in front of a mannequin depicting abolitionist John Brown, right, in the restored farmhouse where Brown launched his ill-fated, 1859 seizure of a federal armory in Dargan, Md. Historians cite the failed raid by Brown and 18 fervent followers in nearby Harpers Ferry, W.Va., as the opening salvo in the Civil War because it incited strong passions, especially in the slave-holding South. The farmhouse was designated a national historic landmark in 1973. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Susan Smith

Today is Thursday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2018.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 25, 1760, Britain’s King George III succeeded his late grandfather, George II.

On this date:

In 1854, the “Charge of the Light Brigade” took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men charged the Russian army, suffering heavy losses.

In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown went on trial in Charles Town, Va., for his failed raid at Harpers Ferry. (Brown was convicted and hanged.)

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

In 1945, Taiwan became independent of Japanese colonial rule.

In 1954, a meeting of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Cabinet was carried live on radio and television.

In 1962, during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson II demanded that Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin confirm or deny the existence of Soviet-built missile bases in Cuba; Stevenson then presented photographic evidence of the bases to the Council.

In 1971, the U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.

In 1983, a U.S.-led force invaded Grenada at the order of President Ronald Reagan, who said the action was needed to protect U.S. citizens there.

In 1986, in Game 6 of the World Series, the Boston Red Sox lost to the New York Mets, 6-5, on a wild pitch and an error in the tenth inning, forcing a seventh game, which the Mets ended up winning.

In 1994, Susan Smith of Union, South Carolina, claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two young sons (Smith later confessed to drowning the children in John D. Long Lake, and was convicted of murder). Three defendants were convicted in South Africa of murdering American exchange student Amy Biehl. In 1998, all three were granted amnesty by South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In 2001, a day after the House signed on, the Senate sent President Bush the U-S-A Patriot Act, a package of anti-terror measures giving police sweeping new powers to search people’s homes and business records secretly and to eavesdrop on telephone and computer conversations.

In 2002, U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., was killed in a plane crash in northern Minnesota along with his wife, daughter and five others, a week and a-half before the election. Actor Richard Harris died in London at age 72.

Ten years ago: Arkansas television anchorwoman Anne Pressly, 26, died five days after she was found beaten in her home. Game 3 of the World Series began in Philadelphia at 10:06 p.m. Eastern time after being delayed by rain; the Phillies went on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, for a 2-1 Series lead in a matchup that finished at 1:47 a.m.

Five years ago: Indignant at reports of U.S. electronic espionage overseas, the leaders of France and Germany said they would insist the Obama administration agree by year’s end to limits that could put an end to alleged American eavesdropping on foreign leaders, businesses and innocent civilians. Death claimed British actor Nigel Davenport, 85, Hollywood stunt double Hal Needham, 82, and actress-comedian Marcia Wallace, 70.

One year ago: Two women who said they had been lost at sea for nearly six months were rescued by a U.S. Navy ship in the Pacific. (The women said they had set out from Honolulu for what was supposed to be an 18-day journey to Tahiti in May but that they encountered a storm; records showed no severe weather in the area at the time, and other inconsistencies in their story came to light in the days after their rescue.) CBS News named correspondent Jeff Glor as anchor of the “CBS Evening News.” The U.S. government announced that all incoming flights to the United States would be subject to new security screening procedures before takeoff.

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