Historical events hold great importance in our present because they have shaped our today. They may even, to great extent, influence our future as well. Taking a sneak peak into our past makes sense. So, let us get on board this time capsule and look into the most important historical events of our past. Today in History – October 25 will give snapshots of such events for India and world separately.
What Happened On This Day in History – October 25
Today in History – October 25: “India”
1296: Samadhi was attained by Saint Gyaneshwar.
1947: Maharaja Hari Singh of Kashmir came to India and appealed for help on this day after Pakistan attacked Kashmir on the previous day, that is, October 24.
1951: First general election of India was held on this day.
1964: India indigenously produced her first tank. The tank was named as ‘Vijayant’.
1971: Establishment day for National Science and Technology Committee.
1980: Famous Urdu poet by the name Sahir Ludhianvi died on this day.
Today in History – October 25: “World”
473: Leo II – grandson of Emperor Leo I – was publicly announced as Byzantine Empire’s Caesar. The announcement was made by Leo I.
1147: At Battle of Dorylaeum, German crusaders commanded by Conrad III were defeated by Seljuk Turks.
1147: Following a 4-month sieze, Afonso Henriques commanded crusaders managed to reconquer Lisbon.
1415: On Saint Crispin’s Day, the Battle of Agincourt was fought between France and England It was one of the battles of Hundred Years’ War. The heavily armored French Cavalry took a crushing defeat at the hands of archers and lightly armored infantry of the British, who were led by Henry V.
1747: The French fleet was defeated by British fleet at Second Battle of Cape Finisterre.
1760: George III became Great Britain’s King.
1812: During War of 1812, a British frigate named HMS Macedonia was captured by an American frigate named USS United States.
1822: First Siege of Missolonghi started during Greek War of Independence.
1854: During the Crimean War, the Battle of Balaclava was fought on this day.
1900: Transvaal was annexed by United Kingdom.
1944: The crackdown on Edelweiss Pirates was ordered by Heinrich Himmler. The pirates were actually a youth culture in Nazi Germany who helped army deserters in hiding from Third Reich.
1944: A malfunctioning torpedo on USS Tang that was under the command of Richard O’Kane led to the sinking of the ship. O’Kane was America’s top submarine captain during WWII.
1944: The Battle of Leyte Gulf was fought during WWII. It was history’s largest naval battle. The battle took place in Philippines and in surrounding areas. Imperial Japanese Navy was pitched against the Third and Seventh fleet of USA.
1973: Yom Kippur War comes to an official ending after a ceasefire was called.
2009: At least 721 people were wounded and 155 people were killed during October 2009 Baghdad bombings.