TODAY IN history
On October 25
In 1147, the armies of the Second Crusade were destroyed by the Saracens at Dorylaeum in modern Turkey. The Crusaders went on with fruitless campaigns against Damascus, Syria.
In 1951, Montreal became the first Canadian city to reach a population of more than one million.
In 1962, American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
In 1978, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers ended a national strike that began Oct. 12 when postal workers in Charlottetown and Montreal walked off the job.
In 2010, Canada’s Omar Khadr abruptly withdrew his not guilty plea and entered a guilty plea to war-crimes charges in the death of a U.S. special forces soldier in Afghanistan eight years ago. Under the plea agreement, he would begin serving his eightyear sentence in an American prison, but permitted to apply for a transfer to Canada after the first year.