October 25 in history


On October 25:

1828 The St Katharine Docks opened in London.

1825 The Waltz King, Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, was born.

1838 Georges Bizet, French composer, was born.

1854 The Battle of Balaklava took place during the Crimean War (iCharge of the Light Brigade).

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Charge of the Light Brigade by Richard Caton Woodville.

1864 John Francis Dodge, US automobile pioneer, was born.

1881 Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was born.

1888 US polar explore, Richard E. Byrd, was born.

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1917 The start of the  October Revolution, involving the capture of the Winter Palace, Petrograd, Russia.

 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 Australian singer Helen Reddy was born.

1941 US writer Anne Tyler was born.

1949 IHC was founded.

1971: The Christchurch-Dunedin overnight express, headed by a JA-class locomotive, ran the last scheduled steam-hauled service on New Zealand Railways (NZR), bringing to an end 108 years of regular steam rail operations in New Zealand.

 Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

October 24 in history


On October 24:

1260 Chartres Cathedral was dedicated.

Cathedral of Chartres

1857 Sheffield F.C., the world’s first football club, was founded.


1861 The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States was completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.


Wood engraving depiction of the construction of the first Transcontinental Telegraph, with a Pony Express rider passing.

1882 English actress Dame Sybil Thorndike was born.

1892 Goodison Park, the world’s first association football specific stadium was opened.

1901 – Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

1913 Union members and non-unionised workers clashed on Wellington wharves.

1919 South Island explorer Donald Sutherland died.

1929 “Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.

Crowd gathering on Wall Street after the 1929 crash
1930 Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia was born.
1936 Bill Wyman, English musician from The Rolling Stones, was born.
1944 New Zealand born film director Martin Campbell was born.
1945 The United Nations was founded.
1954 Autralian politician Malcolm Turnbull was born.
1964 Northern Rhodesia gained independence from the United Kingdom and became the Republic of Zambia.



1973 Jeff Wilson, New Zealand rugby player and cricketer, was born.
1980  The Polish government legalised Solidarity trade union.
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2003 Concorde made its last commercial flight.
2008 “Bloody Friday” on which many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

October 23 in history


On October 23:

1295 The first treaty forming the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France against England was signed in Paris.

1503 Isabella of Portugal, queen of Spain and empress of Germany, was born.

1707 The first Parliament of Great Britain met.

1762 Samuel Morey, US inventor, who invented an internal combustion engine and was a pioneer in steamships, was born.

1844 Robert Bridges, English poet, was born.

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1850 The first National Women’s Rights Convention began in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis organized and presided over the first two conventions.

1873 William D. Coolidge, US physicist and inventor, was born.

1917 Lenin calls for the October Revolution.
1918 US actor James Daly was born.
1925 US television host Johnny Carson was born.
1931 English actress Diana Dors was born.
1940 Pelé, Brazilian footballer, was born.
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1942  The Second Battle of El Alamein started.
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1942 US writer Michael Crichton was born.
1942 Body Shop founder Anita Roddick was born.
1946 The United Nations General Assembly convened for the first time.

1948 13 people were killed when an aeroplane crashed on Mount Ruapehu.

1989 The Hungarian Republic was officially declared by president Mátyás Szűrös.

1991 Princess Mako of Akishino of Japan was born.

2001 Apple released the iPod.

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The current iPod line. From left to right: iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod Classic, iPod Touch.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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