What Happened – October 25

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Someone had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

 

It was on this day in 1854 that a light brigade of British Calvary attacked Russian artillery positions during the Battle of Balaclava. Due to a misunderstanding of the orders given, the troops were attacking a much-more powerful enemy force. The end result was 118 British men killed with another 127 wounded, over 60 taken prisoner by the Russians, and less than 200 of the remaining men still having horses. The events inspired Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate of England at the time, to pen a poem after reading about the battle.

 

The earliest thing that Wiki says happened on this day is “1147 – The Portuguese, under Afonso I, and Crusaders from England and Flanders conquer Lisbon after a four-month siege” and the most recent is “2009 – The 25 October 2009 Baghdad bombings kills 155 and wounds at least 721.

 

A couple other events that also took place on this day are:

1971 – Mainland China is admitted to the United Nations General Assembly while Taiwan is expelled from the international organization.

1983 – US troops invade Grenada.

 

Happy birthday to Katy Perry, Ed Robertson, Nika Futterman, Kevin Michael Richardson, Chad Smith, Nancy Cartwright, Matthias Jabs, Glenn Tipton, James Carville, Jon Anderson, Helen Reddy, and Marion Ross.

 

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