This Day in History: Oct. 25

'America the Beautiful' is first published; the Rolling Stones make a debut on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

On this day, Oct. 25 …

1964: The Rolling Stones appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the first time.

Also on this day:

  • 1400: Geoffrey Chaucer, "the Father of English literature," dies in London.
  • 1760: King George III of Britain is crowned.
  • 1910: "America the Beautiful," with words by Katharine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward, is first published.
  • 1917: The Bolsheviks under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seize power in Russia.
  • 1929: Albert B. Fall, who was U.S. secretary of the interior under President Harding, is found guilty of taking a bribe. He is sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000.
  • 1935: A major hurricane strikes Haiti, leaving more than 2,000 people dead and many thousands homeless and hungry.
  • 1954: A U.S. Cabinet meeting is televised for the first time.
  • 1955: The microwave oven, for home use, is introduced by The Tappan Company.
John Steinbeck (AP)

John Steinbeck (AP)

  • 1962: John Steinbeck is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1964: Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall recovers a fumble and runs 66 yards the wrong way into his own end zone for a safety. Despite the gaffe, the Vikings defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 27-22. 
  • 1971: The United Nations recognizes the communist People's Republic of China and expels the Nationalist Chinese government of Taiwan.
  • 1983: U.S. troops and soldiers from six Caribbean nations invade Grenada to restore order and provide protection to U.S. citizens after a recent coup within Grenada's Communist (pro-Cuban) government.
  • 1994: Susan Smith of South Carolina claims that a Black carjacker drove off with her two young sons. (Smith would confess to drowning the children in John D. Long Lake, and be convicted of murder).
  • 1999: Golfer Payne Stewart and five others are killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota.
  • 2000: AT&T Corp. announces it will restructure into four separately traded companies (consumer, business, broadband and wireless).
  • 2001: The Senate sends President Bush the USA 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. 
  • 2014: The World Health Organization says more than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and that nearly half of them died.