Today is Wednesday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2006. There are 67 days left in the year. On this date in 1854, the "Charge of the Light Brigade" takes place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men, facing hopeless odds, charges the Russian army during the Battle of Balaclava and suffers heavy losses.
In 1400, author Geoffrey Chaucer dies in London. In 1760, Britain's King George III succeeds his late grandfather, George II. In 1918, the Canadian steamship Princess Sophia founders off the coast of Alaska; some 350 people perish. In 1939, the drama "The Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan, opens in New York. In 1951, peace talks aimed at ending the Korean Conflict resume in Panmunjom after 63 days. In 1962, U.S. ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson presents photographic evidence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba to the U.N. Security Council. In 1971, the U.N. General Assembly votes to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan. In 1983, a U.S.-led force invades Grenada at the order of President Reagan, who says the action is needed to protect U.S. citizens there.
October 25, 1981: Robert Glenn, the prisoner who escaped when Mahoning County Deputy Sonny Litch was murdered, is captured at a home on Struthers East Side, along with an accomplice.
The Arthur J. Kyle State Nature Preserve off Tippecanoe Road east of Canfield opens. The 82-acre hardwood forest is Mahoning County's first state nature preserve and was given to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources by Miss Josephine Kyle of Canfield.
Port Mellinger, whose nursery near North Lima is one of the largest catalogue nurseries in the country, says that Osage Oranges are one of the hottest selling autumn items at his 55-year-old company. The nubbly, chartreuse fruit are used to chase cockroaches from homes.
October 25, 1966: General Fireproofing Co. announces plans to buy Crenlo Inc., a Rochester, Minn., fabricator of tractor cabs and sheet metal housings for computers and business machines.
N. Laird Eckman is named secretary of the Youngstown Area Development Foundation, the group charged with the area's industrial development work.
Voters in Howland Township, the city's fast-growing eastern suburb, probably will be asked in May 1967 to approve annexation to Warren, based on legislation approved by nine Warren city councilmen.
October 25, 1956: Youngstown's smoke control engineer, Walter I. Rauh, warns against burning leaves in the street because leaf fires are a hazard, they damage the asphalt and they can create smoke so dense that it is a traffic hazard.
Atty. Thomas Beil, Republican candidate for Mahoning County prosecutor, demands that Municipal Judge Frank R. Franko obey the judicial canons of ethics by resigning as judge or dropping out of the race for prosecutor. Franko is running as an independent.
Ford and Chevrolet, which represent 50 percent of the new car sales in the United States, are locked in a sales battle, both offering new, streamlined models for 1957.
October 25, 1931: Officials are predicting quick arrests in an investigation of fraudulent voter registrations in Youngstown.
A rally for bonuses for veterans of the World War attracts 2,000 ex-servicemen at the Rayen-Wood Auditorium in Youngstown. The meeting was preceded by a gala parade through downtown.
A Russian submarine with 50 aboard sinks in the Gulf of Finland after colliding with the German steamer Gratia. The crew is believed to be lost.