On October 25:
1825 The Waltz King, Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, was born.
1838 Georges Bizet, French composer, was born.
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.
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.