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Online Document: Today In History

Today is Saturday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 1997. There are 67 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 25, 1854, the "Charge of the Light Brigade" took place during the Crimean War.

On this date:

In 1400, author Geoffrey Chaucer died in London.

In 1760, Britain's King George III succeeded his late grandfather, George II.

In 1929, former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was convicted of accepting a $100,000 bribe in connection with the Elk Hills Naval Oil Reserve in California.

In 1939, the drama "The Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan, opened in New York.

In 1951, peace talks aimed at ending the Korean Conflict resumed in Panmunjom after 63 days.

In 1962, U.S. ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson presented photographic evidence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba to the U.N. Security Council.

In 1962, American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

In 1971, the U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.

In 1983, U.S. Marines and Rangers, assisted by soldiers from six Caribbean nations, invaded Grenada at the order of President Reagan, who said the action was needed to protect U.S. citizens there.

Ten years ago: The Minnesota Twins won their first World Series championship, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 in game seven.

Five years ago: Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot, explaining why he had abandoned his White House bid in July, publicly accused the Republican Party of plotting to disrupt his business operations and his daughter's wedding. (White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater called the charges "loony" and "crazy.")

One year ago: Federal Judge Richard Matsch granted Oklahoma City bombing defendants Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols separate trials rather than let one man drag the other down in the same trial.

Today's Birthdays: Jazz musician Chubby Jackson is 79. Former baseball player Bobby Thomson is 74. Actor Billy Barty is 73. Former American League president Dr. Bobby Brown is 73. Actress Marion Ross is 69. Actor Tony Franciosa is 69. Country singer Jeanne Black is 60. Singer Helen Reddy is 56. Rock singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 53. Singer Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) is 53. Actor Brian Kerwin is 48. Rock musician Matthias Jabs (The Scorpions) is 42. Country singer Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) is 39. Rock musician Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 35. Actress Tracy Nelson ("Father Dowling Mysteries") is 34. Singer Speech is 29. Rock musician Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) is 27. Country singer Chely Wright is 27. Violinist Midori is 26. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerome Jones (Immature) is 16.

Thought for Today: "In the time of your life, live - so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite variety and mystery of it." - William Saroyan (1908-1981).