Oct. 25, 2014 by Darius
Over the years, a number of interesting historical events have fallen on October 25.
On October 25, 1854, as part of the Crimean War, the British Light Brigade mistakenly charged Russian gun emplacements at the Battle of Balaclava. Immortalized in verse, the Charge of the Light Brigade has become a symbol of courage, patriotism, and sacrifice ever since, even though it was actually a military disaster brought about by a failure in communication.
On October 25, 1962, Adlai Stevenson presented photographic evidence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba to the UN Security Council. Stevenson’s presentation marked a major escalation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, arguably the closest the US and Soviet Union ever came to nuclear war.
On October 25, 1971, the United Nations voted to expel Taiwan and transfer Taiwan’s UN Security Council seat to the Communist government of mainland China. The United States opposed the vote, but it nonetheless served to confirm shifting US-China relations. In 1972, US President Richard Nixon made a historic trip to Communist China, and in 1979, US diplomatic relations were established with Communist China and broken with Taiwan.
On October 25, 1983, US military forces invaded the island nation of Grenada in response to a Marxist coup there. The invading US forces easily brushed aside Grenadan resistance and installed a pro-US government. At the time, Grenada was portrayed as a major Cold War battleground, but the invasion has since been ridiculed as an example of overly zealous US foreign policy.