Today in History – June 25

1630 – The fork was introduced to American dining by Governor Winthrop.

1638 – A lunar eclipse was the first astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies.

1848 – A photograph of the June Days uprising became the first known instance of photojournalism.

1867 – Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B. Smith of Ohio.

1868 – Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the US.

1876 – Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.

1906 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania millionaire Harry Thaw shot and killed prominent architect Stanford White.

1910 – The United States Congress passed the Mann Act, which prohibited interstate transport of women or girls for “immoral purposes”; the ambiguous language was used to selectively prosecute people for years.

1913 – American Civil War veterans began arriving at the Great Reunion of 1913.

1929 – US President Herbert Hoover authorized the building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam).

1938 – “A Tisket A Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hit #1.

1942 – Major General Dwight Eisenhower was appointed commander of US forces in Europe.

1943 – The Holocaust: Jews in the Częstochowa Ghetto in Poland staged an uprising against the Nazis.

1943 – The left-wing German Jewish exile Arthur Goldstein was murdered in Auschwitz.

1944 – The final page of the comic Krazy Kat was published, exactly two months after its author George Herriman died.

1947 – The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) was published.

1949 – Long-Haired Hare was released in theaters starring Bugs Bunny.

1950 – The Korean War began with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.

1951 – First color TV broadcast, CBS’ Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities.

1960 – Cold War: Two cryptographers working for the United States National Security Agency left for vacation to Mexico, and from there defected to the Soviet Union.

1966 – Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” single went to #1 and stayed there for 2 weeks.

1967 – First global satellite television programme “Our World” was broadcast featuring 19 acts representing 19 nations including The Beatles singing “All You Need is Love”.

1975 – Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe” was released.

1977 – Roy C. Sullivan of Virginia was struck by lightning for 7th time!

1982 – Science-fiction film “Blade Runner”, directed by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, was released.

1984 – Prince released his “Purple Rain” album.

1988 – Roger Rabbit Cartoon Character debuted in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

1996 – “Independence Day” directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum premiered in Westwood, California.

1997 – An unmanned Progress spacecraft collided with the Russian space station Mir.

1997 – Christies auctioned off Princess Diana’s clothing for $5.5 million.

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