#October 25 Today In History

1920 – After 74 days on hunger strike in Brixton Prison, England, the Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney dies. 1924 – The Zinoviev letter, which Zinoviev himself denied writing, is published in the Daily Mail. The Labour party would later blame this letter for the Conservatives' landslide election win. 1927 – The Italian luxury liner SS Principessa Mafalda sinks off the coast of Brazil, killing 314. 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". His warning is widely ignored. 1940 – Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. is named the first African American general in the United States Army. 1944 – Heinrich Himmler orders a crackdown on the Edelweiss Pirates, a loosely organized youth culture in Nazi Germany that had assisted army deserters and others to hide from the Third Reich. 1944 – The Romanian city of Carei is liberated by Romanian and Soviet forces from Nazi-Hungarian occupation. 1945 – The Republic of China takes over administration of Taiwan following Japan's surrender to the Allies. 1962 – Uganda joins the United Nations. 1962 – Nelson Mandela is sentenced to five years in prison. 1980 – Proceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction conclude at The Hague. 1983 – Operation Urgent Fury: The United States and its Caribbean allies invade Grenada, six days after Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and several of his supporters are executed in a coup d'état. 1995 – A commuter train slams into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing seven students. 1997 – After a brief civil war which has driven President Pascal Lissouba out of Brazzaville, Denis Sassou Nguesso proclaims himself the President of the Republic of the Congo. 2004 – Cuban President Fidel Castro announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned. 2009 – The October 2009 Baghdad bombings kills 155 and wounds at least 721.  Facebooktwittergoogle_plus

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