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On This Day in History – June 25 – Almanac

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Grants Pass High School students participate in a prayer circle during a nationwide strike honoring the victims of the Florida school shooting in Grants Pass, Oregon, March 14, 2018. On June 25, 1962, the Court U.S. Supreme Court ruling interpreted as banning prayer in public schools. File photo by David Tulis/UPI | License picture

Today is Saturday, June 25, the 176th day of 2022 with 189 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.


People born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi in 1852; French composer Gustave Charpentier in 1860; English novelist/critic George Orwell in 1903; director Sidney Lumet in 1924; actor June Lockhart in 1925 (age 97); author/illustrator Eric Carle in 1929; civil rights lawyer James Meredith in 1933 (age 89); musician Harold Melvin in 1939; Basketball Hall of Famer Willis Reed in 1942 (age 80); musician Carly Simon in 1945 (age 77); actor Jimmie Walker in 1947 (age 75); Sonia Sotomayor, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, in 1954 (age 68); chef/television personality Anthony Bourdain in 1956; actor/writer Ricky Gervais in 1961 (age 61); musician George Michael in 1963; Dikembe Mutombo, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, in 1966 (age 56); actor Angela Kinsey in 1971 (age 51); actor Linda Cardellini in 1975 (age 47); actor Busy Philipps in 1979 (age 43); actor Sheridan Smith in 1981 (age 41); actor/TV personality Alani “La La” Anthony in 1982 (age 40); actor McKenna Grace in 2006 (age 16).


On this historical date:

In 1876, US Army General George Custer and his force of 208 men were killed by Chief Sitting Bull’s Sioux warriors at Little Big Horn, Montana.

In 1942, US Army General Dwight Eisenhower assumed command of US World War II forces in Europe.

In 1950, North Korean forces invaded South Korea, starting the Korean War.

In 1951, CBS aired the first color television broadcast. At the time, no color televisions were owned by the public.

In 1962, the United States Supreme Court rendered a decision interpreted as banning prayer in public schools.

In 1973, White House lawyer John Dean told a US Senate committee that US President Richard Nixon had joined in a plot to cover up the Watergate break-in.

In 1991, Slovenia and Croatia declared their independence from Yugoslavia, triggering a civil war.

In 1993, Kim Campbell was sworn in as Canada’s first female prime minister, taking the post after Brian Mulroney retired. Campbell served as prime minister until November, stepping down after his Progressive Conservative Party lost in the federal election.

In 1994, Japanese Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata resigned two months after taking office rather than face a vote of no confidence in parliament.

In 1997, about half of Mir’s power supply was cut off when an unmanned cargo ship collided with the Russian space station and blew a hole in it.

In 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected President of Iran.

In 2006, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was abducted by militants from the Gaza Strip. He was released on October 18, 2011.

In 2009, entertainment superstar Michael Jackson, known as “the King of Pop”, a big influence on the music scene of his day, died of cardiac arrest at age 50 while planning a comeback.

In 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that mandatory sentencing of teenage killers to life without parole was unconstitutional.

In 2019, San Francisco became the first US city to ban the sale of e-cigarettes.

In 2021, a Minnesota judge sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to 270 months in prison for killing George Floyd during an arrest in 2020.


A thought for the day: “Politics is the art of looking for evil, finding it whether it exists or not, misdiagnosing it and applying the wrong remedy. — English writer Ernest Benn