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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Sunday - June 25th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1894Hermann Oberth, founder of modern astronautics.
      Today, this person is/would be 123 years old.
1925June Lockhart, actress, (Timmy's Mom).
      Today, this person is/would be 92 years old.
1945Carley Simon, singer.
      Today, this person is/would be 72 years old.
1963George Michael, singer, Wham artist.
      Today, this person is/would be 54 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

524Battle of Vézeronce, Franks defeat Burgundians.
841Battle of Fontenay.
1178Five Canterbury monks report something exploding on the Moon, later believed to be the only known observation of an asteroid or comet hitting the Moon.
1436The Incorporated Guild of Smiths was founded in Newcastle upon Tyne.
1530The Augsburg Confession is presented at the Diet of Augsburg to the Holy Roman Emperor by the Lutheran princes and Electors of Germany.
1630The Fork is introduced to American dining by Governor Winthrop.
1678Elena Cornaro Piscopia of Venice, Italy, becomes the first woman awarded a doctorate of philosophy. The degree was awarded by the University of Padua.
1835Pueblo founded with construction of first building (start of Yerba Buena, later to be called San Francisco).
1876American Indian wars: Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.
1905Cullinan Diamond, the largest rough gem-quality diamond known, is discovered by Frederick Wells.
1938Dr. Douglas Hyde is inaugurated the first President of Ireland.
1940France formally surrenders to Nazi Germany.
1944The Battle of Tali-Ihantala, the largest battle ever fought in the Nordic Countries begins
1947The tennis shoe is invented. So what did tennis players wear prior to that?
1949The cartoon, Long-Haired Hare, is released in theaters starring Bugs Bunny and Giovanni Jones.
1950The Korean War begins as North Korea invades South Korea.
1967First global satellite television programme – "Our World".
1975Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declares Emergency in India, suspending civil liberties and elections.
1975Mozambique achieved independence.
1976Missouri Governor Christopher S. Bond issues an executive order rescinding the Extermination Order, formally apologizing on behalf of the state of Missouri for the suffering it had caused the Latter Day Saints (Mormons).
1981Microsoft Inc. is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington.
1982Greece abolishes headshaving of recruits in the military.
1983India, led by Kapil Dev, win the Cricket World Cup. They beat West Indies by 43 runs in the final at Lord's, London.
1991Croatia and Slovenia declare their independence from Yugoslavia.
1993Kim Campbell is chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and becomes the first female Prime Minister of Canada. By fall she leads her party to a humiliating defeat and retires from politics.
1997An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the Russian Space station, Mir.

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