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October 25

Events - October 25
1870 - The first U.S. trademark was awarded -- to the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City.

1937 - Radio’s "Stella Dallas" made her debut on the NBC Red network. Stella hung out on NBC until 1955 with Anne Elstner in the title role for the entire run. "Stella Dallas" was “A continuation on the air of the true-life story of mother love and sacrifice, in which Stella saw her own beloved daughter, Laurel, marry into wealth and society, and realizing the difference in their tastes and worlds, went out of Laurel’s life.”

1940 - "Cabin in the Sky" opened for the first of 156 shows. "Taking a Chance on Love" is the one big hit that came from the musical.

1943 - Benny Carter and his orchestra recorded "Poinciana" on the Capitol label. The real title, incidentally, is "Poinciana (Song of the Tree)".

1955 - The microwave oven was introduced in Mansfield, Ohio at the corporate headquarters of the Tappan Company. The manufacturer put a $1,200 price tag the new stove that could cook eggs in 22 seconds, bacon in 90 seconds.

1960 - The Bulova Watch Company introduced its high-tech Accutron electronic wrist watch. Ten years after it was introduced (as the watch the astronauts wear), it sold in jewelry stores for about $200.

1962 - Author John Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.”

1964 - “And now, rrrrright here on this stage....” The Rolling Stones were introduced to American audiences on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS-TV.

1969 - Canada’s The Guess Who got a gold record for the single, "Laughing".

1970 - George Blanda replaced Daryle Lamonica, the Oakland Raiders injured quarterback. Blanda tossed three touchdown passes (19, 43 and 44 yards), taking the Raiders to an easy victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-14.

1974 - The single, "Skin Tight", by The Ohio Players, went gold on this day.

1980 - Barbra Streisand’s "Woman in Love", from the number one album, "Guilty", was the number one song in the U.S. Both the album and the single were #1 for three weeks.

1983 - 2,000 U.S. Marines invaded Grenada to take control away from the Soviet-Cubans. A political coup just one week earlier had made the tiny Caribbean Island a Soviet-Cuban colony.

1984 - John Cougar Mellencamp reached the two-million-dollar sales mark with his album, "Uh-Huh". Also, country group Alabama went to the three-million-dollar mark with two albums this day: "Feels So Right" and "Mountain Music".

1986 - New Jersey-based rock band Bon Jovi rose to number one in the U.S. with their "Slippery When Wet" album. It was the number one album for eight -- count ’em -- eight weeks. Track listing: "Let It Rock", "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Livin’ on a Prayer", "Social Disease", "Wanted Dead or Alive", "Raise Your Hands", "Without Love", "I’d Die for You", "Never Say Goodbye", "Wild in the Streets".

1987 - The World Series began in a dome for the first time and the team with the best record at home happened to play in that dome. The St. Louis Cardinals were pounded in the first game, but fought back and forced the series to seven games before the Minnesota Twins could claim the championship -- their first -- on this day.

1990 - James ‘Buster’ Douglas, who had knocked out the undefeated Mike Tyson on Feb. 10, 1990 to win the world heavyweight title, was floored by Evander Holyfield in the third round this day in Las Vegas. This was to be Douglas’ only defense of that fleeting title.

1998 - Thousands were on hand in Oklahoma City for the ground-breaking ceremony of a memorial to the victims of the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. “The people who died here were victims of one of the cruelest visitations of evil this nation has ever seen,” said Vice President Al Gore. “But we offer them today not pity but honor, for as much as any soldier who ever fought in any war, they paid the price for our freedom.”

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Birthdays - October 25
1340 - Geoffrey Chaucer (poet: Canterbury Tales; actual date of birth unknown; died Oct 25, 1400)

1825 - Johann Strauss (‘The Waltz King’: composer: On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Emperor Waltz, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Wine, Women and Song; operettas: Die Fledermaus, A Night in Venice, The Gypsy Baron; died June 3, 1899)

1838 - Georges Bizet (composer: Carmen, The Pearl Fishers, The Young Girl of Perth; died June 3, 1875)

1881 - Pablo Picasso (artist: founder of cubism: Guernica, Ma Jolie; died Apr 8, 1973)

1886 - Leo G. Carroll (actor: The Prize, The Parent Trap, North by Northwest, Father of the Bride, Forever Amber, Bahama Passage, Topper, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Going My Way, Life with Luigi; died Oct 16, 1972)

1888 - Richard E. (Evelyn) Byrd (polar explorer: first to see North Pole; died Mar 11, 1957)

1912 - Minnie Pearl (Sarah Ophelia Colley) (comedienne: "Howdee!": On Stage America, Hee Haw, Grand Ole Opry; singer: Giddyup Go-Answer; CMA Hall of Famer; died Mar 4, 1996)

1924 - Billy Barty (comedian: The Spike Jones Show, Ford Festival, Club Oasis; actor: Circus Boy, Snow White, Willow, Tough Guys, Rumpelstiltskin, Roustabout, The Amazing Dobermans, Day of the Locust; died Dec 23, 2000)

1926 - Jimmy Heath (musician: reeds: group: Heath Brothers: LP: Marchin’ On, Passin’ Thru, Live at the Public Theatre, In Motion, Expressions of Life, Brotherly Love; band leader: LP: The Thumper, Really Big, The Quota, Triple Threat, Swamp Seed, On the Trail)

1926 - (William) Biff McGuire (actor: The Thomas Crown Affair [1968], The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Serpico, Midway, In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan, The Last Word)

1927 - Barbara Cook (Tony Award-winning actress, singer: The Music Man [1957]; Flahooley, Oklahoma, Carousel, Plain and Fancy, Candide, The Gay Life, She Loves Me, Any Wednesday, Funny Girl, The Gershwin Years; died Aug 8, 2017)

1927 - Bud (Franklin) Held (National Track & Field Hall of Famer: 1st [1953] to throw javelin more than 260 feet; his record: 268’ 2 1/2" [1955]; javelin designer)

1928 - Tony Franciosa (Anthony Papaleo) (actor: A Hatful of Rain, Death Wish 2, The Drowning Pool, A Face in the Crowd, The Long Hot Summer, Stagecoach, The Name of the Game, Matt Helm, Wheels, Valentine’s Day, Search, Finder of Lost Loves; died Jan 19, 2006)

1928 - Marion Ross (actress: Happy Days, Brooklyn Bridge, Mr. Novak, Life with Father, The Gertrude Berg Show, Forever Female, Grand Theft Auto)

1934 - Earl Ingarfield (hockey: Vancouver Canucks, NY Rangers, Cleveland Barons, Pittsburgh Penguins, Oakland Seals, California Golden Seals; head coach: NY Islanders)

1937 - Jeanne (Gloria) Black (singer: He’ll Have to Stay; died Oct 23, 2014)

1937 - Zelmo Beaty (basketball: Atlanta Hawks; all-star [1966]; died Aug 27, 2013)

1940 - Bobby Knight (Basketball Hall of Famer: coach: Indiana University, West Point; Pan-American games; player: Ohio State University NCAA championship team)

1941 - Helen Reddy (singer: I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Delta Dawn, Leave Me Alone [Ruby Red Dress], Peaceful, Keep on Singing, Angie Baby, You & Me Against the World, I Am Woman)

1941 - Ann Tyler (author: The Accidental Tourist, Searching for Caleb, Morgan’s Passing, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant)

1944 - Jon Anderson (singer: group: Yes: Roundabout; solo: LP: Olias of Sunhollow, Song of Seven; duo: Jon and Vangelis: I Hear You Now, I’ll Find My Way Home)

1944 - Taffy Danoff (Nivert) (singer: group: Starland Vocal Band: Afternoon Delight)

1948 - Dan Gable (Olympic Hall of Famer: lightweight wrestling division gold medalist [1972]; wrestling coach: University of Iowa)

1948 - Dan Issel (Basketball Hall of Famer: Kentucky Colonels: Rookie of the Year [1970-71]; Denver Nuggets: player, head coach)

1948 - Glenn Tipton (musician: guitar: group: Judas Priest: Tyrant, Victim of Changes, Ripper, Beyond the Realms of Death, Take on the World, Living After Midnight, Breaking the Law)

1949 - Brian Kerwin (actor: Lobo, The Young and the Restless, The Chisholms, The Blue and the Gray, Switched at Birth, Murphy’s Romance, A Real American Hero)

1951 - Greg Stemrick (football: Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints)

1956 - Matthias Jabs (musician: guitar: group: Scorpions: LPs: Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism, Blackout, Love at First Sting, World Wide Live)

1963 - Tracy Nelson (actress: Father Dowling Mysteries, Square Pegs, Glitter, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Yours, Mine & Ours)

1971 - Midori (Goto) (musician: violin; created Midori and Friends foundation [musicians travel to NY public schools to give concerts and classes])

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Chart Toppers - October 25
You’re Breaking My Heart - Vic Damone
That Lucky Old Sun - Frankie Laine
Someday - Vaughn Monroe
Slipping Around - Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely

Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Hula Love - Buddy Knox
Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers

Yesterday - The Beatles
A Lover’s Concerto - The Toys
Get Off of My Cloud - The Rolling Stones
Hello Vietnam - Johnny Wright

Angie - The Rolling Stones
Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & The Pips
Keep on Truckin’ - Eddie Kendricks
Ridin’ My Thumb to Mexico - Johnny Rodriguez

Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross
Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
Step by Step - Eddie Rabbitt
Never Been So Loved (In All My Life) - Charley Pride

Miss You Much - Janet Jackson
Love Song - The Cure
Sowing the Seeds of Love - Tears For Fears
Living Proof - Ricky Van Shelton

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