Today is Friday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2013. There are 67 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 25, 1910, “America the Beautiful,” with words by Katharine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward, was first published.
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, facing hopeless odds, charged the Russian army and suffered heavy losses.
In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown went on trial in Charles Town, Va., for his failed raid at Harpers Ferry.
In 1918, the Canadian steamship Princess Sophia foundered off the coast of Alaska; some 350 people perished.
In 1945, Taiwan became independent of Japanese colonial rule.
In 1957, mob boss Albert Anastasia of “Murder Inc.” notoriety was shot to death in a barber shop inside the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York.
In 1960, the Bulova Watch Co. introduced its electronic “Accutron” model.
In 1962, U.S. ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson presented photographic evidence of Soviet-built missile bases in Cuba to the U.N. Security Council.
In 1982, the situation comedy “Newhart,” starring Bob Newhart as a Vermont innkeeper, premiered on CBS.
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.
Five years ago: Arkansas television anchorwoman Anne Pressly, 26, died five days after she was found beaten in her home.
One year ago: President Barack Obama threw his support behind ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington state that would legalize same-sex marriage.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Marion Ross is 85. Country singer Jeanne Black is 76. Basketball Hall of Famer Bobby Knight is 73. Actress Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) is 56. Actress Tracy Nelson is 50. Actor Michael Boatman is 49. Actor Adam Goldberg is 43. Actor-singer Adam Pascal is 43. Country singer Chely Wright is 43. Actor Ben Gould is 33. Actor Josh Henderson is 32. Pop singer Katy Perry is 29.
Thought for Today: “Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.” — Mary McCarthy, author and critic (born 1912, died this date in 1989).