This Day in History - June 25

June 25

841 – Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeat Lothar at Fontenay

1658 – Aurangzeb proclaims himself Emperor of the Moghuls in India

1745 – Future Patriot physician and US Treasurer, Thomas Tudor Tucker, is born

1767 – German composer, Georg Philipp Telemann, dies

1767 – Mexican Indians riot as Jesuit priests are ordered home

1822 – German jurist and author, ETA Hoffmann, dies

1852 – Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi, is born

1857 – French poet Charles Baudelaire publishes his book Les Fleurs du Mal, leading to his conviction on charges of blasphemy and obscenity

1862 – The first day of the Seven Days’ campaign begins with fighting at Oak Grove, Virginia

1864 – Union troops surrounding Petersburg, Virginia, begin building a mine tunnel underneath the Confederate lines

1868 – The US Congress enacts legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the federal government

1876 – General George Custer and over 260 men of the Seventh Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Bighorn in Montana

1881 – Suffragist, Crystal Eastman, is born

1886 – US Army Air Force general during WWII, Henry (Hap) Arnold, is born

1887 – American playwright, director, producer, and George Abbott, is born

1900 – British Admiral and second cousin to King George VI, Lord Louis Mountbatten, is born

1903 – Marie Curie announces her discovery of radium

1903 – Novelist, essayist, and critic, George Orwell, is born (aka Eric Arthur Blair)

1910 – Congress passes the Mann Act, aimed at keeping innocent girls from being lured into prostitution but turned into a way to make a crime out of many kinds of consensual sexual activity

1915 – The German press publishes an official statement from the country’s war command addressing the German use of poison gas at the start of the Second Battle of Ypres

1920 – The Greeks take 8,000 Turkish prisoners in Smyrna

1921 – Samuel Gompers is elected head of the American Federation of Labor for the 40th time

1924 – American director, Sidney Lumet, is born

1941 – Finland declares war on the Soviet Union

1942 – Major General Dwight Eisenhower takes command of US forces in Europe

1946 – Ho Chi Minh travels to France for talks on Vietnamese independence

1948 – The Soviet Union tightens its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges heading for the city

1948 – Joe Louis defeats Jersey Joe Walcott to retain the heavyweight championship

1950 – North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War

1950 – US World Cup team wins unlikely World Cup victory over England in the “Miracle on Green”

1956 – The last Packard rolls off the production line at Packard’s plant in Detroit

1957 – Hurricane Audrey kills 390 along the Gulf Coast

1959 – The Cuban government seizes 2.35 million acres under a new agrarian reform law

1961 – English actor, writer, and comedian, Ricky Gervais, is born

1962 – The US Supreme Court bans official prayers in public schools

1963 – English singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and actor, George Michael, is born

1964 – President Lyndon Johnson orders 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers

1965 – Two Viet Cong terrorist bombs rip through a floating restaurant on the Saigon River, killing 31 people-nine of which were Americans

1969 – The US Navy turns 64 river patrol gunboats over to the South Vietnamese Navy

1973 – White House Counsel John Dean admits President Richard Nixon took part in the Watergate cover-up

1984 – French philosopher, Michel Foucault, dies

1986 – Congress approves $100 million in aid to the Contras fighting in Nicaragua

1993 – Kim Campbell is sworn in as Canada’s 19th prime minister, becoming the first woman to hold the country’s highest office

1997 – French biologist, author, and inventor, Jacques Cousteau, dies

2009 – Pop star, Michael Jackson, dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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