#TodayInHistory – October 25
October 25 – Some important events on this day.
1415 👉🏼 Battle of Agincourt: Henry V’s forces defeat larger French army and the longbow defeats the armoured knight
1616 👉🏼 Dutch East India Company ship “The Eendracht” discovers Dirk-Hartog Island, Australia.
Dirk Hartog’s voyage in 1616 was the first recorded European discovery of Australia. Hartog and his crew aboard the Dutch East Indies Company ship Eendracht made their discovery accidentally, landing on the west coast of Australia on what is now called Dirk Hartog Island in Shark Bay.
To make their landing the crew nailed an inscribed pewter plate to a post. Hartog called the new land Eendrachtsland after his ship. Hartog returned to Europe in 1618 after travelling on to Macassar in modern Indonesia.
1854 👉🏼 The infamous “Charge of the Light Brigade” during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War results in over 100 killed.
1875 👉🏼 The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given in Boston, Massachusetts with Hans von Bülow as soloist
1938 👉🏼 The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces Swing music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people”, warning that it leads down a “primrose path to hell”.
1941 👉🏼 16,000 Jews massacred in Odessa Ukraine
1962 👉🏼 US Ambassador to the UN Adlai Stevenson demands USSR UN rep Zorin answer regarding Cuban missile bases saying “I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over”
1971 👉🏼 United Nations votes to expel the Chinese Nationalist ruled Taiwan and admit the Communist People’s Republic of China
1978 👉🏼 “Halloween”, directed by John Carpenter, starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released
2017 👉🏼 Chinese Premier Xi Jinping unveils his new ruling council in the Great Hall of the People, none of the five are young enough to succeed him
2017 👉🏼 First fossil of a ichthyosaur (marine reptile, 152 million years old) found in India. Reports published in “Plos One” science journal.