Today is Wednesday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2017. There are 67 days left in the year.

On Oct. 25, 1854, the “Charge of the Light Brigade” took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men charged the Russian army, suffering heavy losses. It inspired Alfred Tennyson’s epic poem of the same name.

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

In 1929, former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was convicted in Washington, D.C. of accepting a $100,000 bribe from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. (Fall was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000; he ended up serving nine months.)

In 1945, Taiwan became independent of Japanese colonial rule.

In 1954, a meeting of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Cabinet was carried live on radio and television; to date, it's the only presidential Cabinet meeting to be broadcast.

In 1957, mob boss Albert Anastasia of "Murder Inc." notoriety was shot to death by masked gunmen in a barber shop inside the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York.

In 1962, during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson II demanded that Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin confirm or deny the existence of Soviet-built missile bases in Cuba; Stevenson then presented photographic evidence of the bases to the Council.

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

In 1983, a U.S.-led force invaded Grenada at the order of President Ronald Reagan, who said the action was needed to protect U.S. citizens there.

In 1994, Susan Smith of Union, South Carolina, claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two young sons (Smith later confessed to drowning the children in John D. Long Lake, and was convicted of murder. She was sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole after 30 years. She is incarcerated at Leath Correctional Institution in Greenwood County, S.C., west of Columbia).

In 2002, U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., was killed in a plane crash in northern Minnesota along with his wife, daughter and five others, a week and a-half before the election. Actor Richard Harris died in London at age 72.

Birthdays: Former American League president Dr. Bobby Brown is 93. Actress Marion Ross (“Happy Days”) is 89. Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Knight is 77. Pop singer Helen Reddy is 76. Author Anne Tyler is 76. Rock singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 73. Political strategist James Carville is 73. Singer Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) is 73. Rock musician Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) is 70. TV host Samantha Bee is 48. Violinist Midori is 46. Katy Perry is 33.

Thought for Today: "Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism." -- Mary McCarthy, author and critic (born 1912, died this date in 1989).