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    Thursday, Oct. 25, is the 299th day of 2012. There are 67 days left in the year.

    Today’s Birthdays: Former American League President and Baseball Hall of Famer Lee MacPhail is 95. Actress Marion Ross is 84. Basketball Hall of Famer Bobby Knight is 72. Rock singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 68. Political strategist James Carville is 68. Movie director Julian Schnabel is 61. Rock musician Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers; Chickenfoot) is 51. Pop singer Katy Perry is 28.

    In 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.

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    In 1957, mob boss Albert Anastasia of ‘‘Murder Inc.’’ notoriety was shot to death by masked gunmen in New York.

    In 1962, in a dramatic confrontation before the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson II demanded that Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin confirm or deny the existence of Soviet-built missile bases in Cuba; when Zorin declined to respond, Stevenson said he was prepared to wait ‘‘until hell freezes over’’ for an answer. Stevenson then presented photographic evidence of the bases to the Council.