OCTOBER 25: The Daily Flashback
1854: The Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40 percent caualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally.
1955: The Tappan Company introduces the first microwave oven for home use.
1960: The Bulova Watch Company introduced the Accutron watch.
1962: John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
1963: Peter, Paul and Mary’s self-titled debut album hit No. 1.
1964: The Rolling Stones made their US television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
1969: Two fictional bands fronted by Ron Dante were in the US Top 10: “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies at No. 3 and “Tracy” by the Cuff Links at No. 9.
1975: Paul Simon’s fourth solo album, Still Crazy After All These Years, was released.
1985: The first rap movie, “Krush Groove,” was released in American theaters, featuring Run-DMC, New Edition and Sheila E.
1986: Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, hit No. 1 in America.
1995: Cliff Richard received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
1825: Johann Strauss
1838: Georges Bizet
1881: Pablo Picasso
1892: Leo G. Carroll
1912: Minnie Pearl
1923: Bobby Thomson
1924: Earl Palmer
1942: Helen Reddy
1944: Jon Anderson
1948: Glenn Tipton
1961: Chad Smith
1970: Chely Wright
1984: Katy Perry
1991: Bill Graham
1992: Roger Miller
2002: Richard Harris
2004: John Peel
2010: Gregory Isaacs
2014: Jack Bruce