Born on this Day 25th October
1825 Johann Strauss the Younger
1838 Georges Bizet
1881 Pablo Picasso
1934 Joe Mercer
1936 Sir Martin Gilbert
1941 Helen Reddy
1944 Fred Housego
1957 Robbie Macintosh
1958 Phil Daniels
1963 Dominic Dromgoole
1962 Steve Hodge
1962 Nick Hancock
1979 Eddie Argos
1979 Bat for Lashes
1971 Simon Charlton
1975 Zadie Smith
1979 Rob Hulse
1981 Shaun Wright-Phillips
1994 Jack Payne
Died On This Day
1400 Geoffrey Chaucer
1895 Sir Charles Halle
1915 W.G. Grace
1990 Gene Roddenberry
1993 Vincent Price
2002 Richard Harris
1958 Connie Francis held onto the No.1 position for the 4th week with ‘Stupid Cupid/ Carolina Moon’.
1969 The Archies reached No.1 with ‘Sugar Sugar’, a single which was to hold the top position for 8 weeks.
1987 The Bee Gees had the UK’s No.1 single with ‘You Win Again’
1983 Darts champion Eric Bristow, who wanted to open Britain’s first darts pub at Stoke on Trent, was refused a licence to sell drinks.
1990 James ‘Buster’ Douglas, who had knocked out the undefeated Mike Tyson (Feb 10th 1990) to win the world heavyweight title, was floored by Evander Holyfield in the 3rd round. This was Douglas’ only defence of that title.
People & Showbiz
1976 The National Theatre on the South Bank was officially opened by the Queen.
1988 Snooker player Steve Davis received an MBE from the Queen for services to his sport. ‘Sky At Night ‘ presenter Patrick Moore was awarded a CBE 2 decades after being made an OBE.
1995 Cliff Richard received a knighthood from the Queen.
1927 After a long and bitter dispute, the flag of South Africa was agreed by General J.B.M Hertzog. It incorporated both the Union Jack and the vierkler flags of both the old Boer Republics.
1951 Winston Churchill’s Conservative Party won the General Election. During this election Margaret Roberts(to become Margaret Thatcher) became the youngest candidate to stand at a General Electin. She failed to win a seat.
1960 The first electronic wrist watch, the Bulova Accutron tuning-fork watch, was introduced in the US.
1996 Pope John Paul II risked the wrath of the religious right by announcing that Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution’ was comptible with Christian faith. Evolution had always been denounced by the church because it was incompatible with Genesis.
1997 Despite earlier announcements that Britain was not set to join the single European currency for at least 5 years, chancellor Gordon Brown told British Business to prepare themselves to deal with the currency when the rest of Europe converted.