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October 25, 1854

Charge of the Light Brigade

In an event alternately described as one of the most heroic or disastrous episodes in British military history, Lord James Cardigan leads a charge of the Light Brigade cavalry against well-defended Russian artillery during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Cardig...

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October 25, 1944

Heinrich Himmler Targets Edelweiss Pirates

On this day in 1944, towards the end of World War II, the Reichsführer of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, ordered a crackdown on the so-called Edelweiss Pirates (Edelweißpiraten): a loosely organised youth culture in Nazi Germany that had assisted army deserters and others to conceal themselves from the T...

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October 25, 1955

First Domestic Microwave Oven

On this day in 1955, the first domestic microwave oven is introduced. But the microwave’s origins were anything but domestic. Like many other inventions, the microwave oven was invented almost by accident, because of wholly different technology. In the early years of World War II, in the...

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