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On October 25th, 1994, Susan
of Union, South Carolina, claimed that a black
carjacker had driven off with her two sons (Smith
later confessed to drowning the children in John
D. Long Lake, and was convicted of murder).
On this date:
In 1400, author Geoffrey Chaucer died in London.
In 1760, Britain's
King George the Third succeeded his late
grandfather, George the Second.
In 1812, the US
frigate "United States" captured the
British vessel "Macedonian" during the
War of 1812.
In 1854, the
"Charge of the Light Brigade" took
place during the Crimean War.
In 1918, the
Canadian steamship "Princess Sophia"
foundered off the coast of Alaska; nearly 400
In 1929, former
Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was convicted
of accepting a $100,000 bribe in connection with
the Elk Hills Naval Oil Reserve in California.
In 1951, peace
talks aimed at ending the Korean Conflict resumed
in Panmunjom after 63 days.
In 1962, US
ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson presented
photographic evidence of Soviet missile bases in
Cuba to the UN Security Council.
In 1971, the UN
General Assembly voted to admit mainland China
and expel Taiwan.
In 1983, a US-led
force invaded Grenada at the order of President
Reagan, who said the action was needed to protect
US citizens there.
Ten years ago:
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said the Pentagon
was laying plans to send as many as 100-thousand
more troops to Saudi Arabia. Evander Holyfield
knocked out Buster Douglas in the third round of
their fight in Las Vegas to become the undisputed
heavyweight champion of the world.
Five years ago: A
commuter train slammed into a school bus in Fox
River Grove, Illinois, killing seven students.
John J. Sweeney was elected AFL-CIO president.
The Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians
5-to-2, taking a three-games-to-one lead in the
World Series. Tennis hustler Bobby Riggs died in
Leucadia, California, at age 77.
One year ago:
Golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed
when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four
hours before crashing in South Dakota; Stewart
was 42. Republican presidential candidate Pat
Buchanan bolted the GOP to mount a bid for the
Reform Party nomination.
"It is an undoubted
truth, that the less one has to do, the less time
one finds to do it in."
Lord Chesterfield, English author and statesman