What A Day This Has Been!

June 25th –What a day this has been!

Clio--the Muse of History

1580 – The Book of Concord was first published. The book is a collection of doctrinal standards of the Lutheran Church.

1788 – Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 10th state in the new United States.

1868 – The U.S. Congress enacted legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the Federal government.

1876 – Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and 210 men of U.S. 7th Cavalry were defeated and killed in combat with Sioux and Cheyenne warriors at Little Big Horn in Montana. The Native Americans called the area “Greasy Grass” long before whites named it Little Big Horn.

Chief Gall, one of the Native American leaders at Little Big Horn.

1877 – In Philadelphia, PA, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Sir William Thomson and Emperor Pedro II of Brazil at the Centennial Exhibition.

1903 – Birth of George Orwell, British writer.

1906 – Pittsburgh millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw, the son of coal and railroad baron William Thaw, shot and killed Stanford White. White, a prominent architect, who had a tryst with Florence Evelyn Nesbit before she married Thaw. The shooting took place at the premier of Mamzelle Champagne in New York.

1917 – The first troops of the American Expeditionary Force landed in France.

Pershing salutes LaFayette, It was not him but one of his staff who said "LaFayette we are here."

1921 – Samuel Gompers was elected head of the AFL for the 40th time.

1925 – Birth of June Lockhart, American actress.

1938 – Gaelic scholar Douglas Hyde was inaugurated as the first president of the Irish Republic.

1939 – Birth of Harold Melvin, American singer (“Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes”).

1945 – Birth of Carly Simon, American singer and songwriter.

Singer Carly Simon

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

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

1949 – “Long-Haired Hare,” starring Bugs Bunny, is released in theaters.

1950 – The Korean War begins on the Korean peninsula.

1951 – In New York, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were presented on CBS using the FCC-approved CBS Color System. However, few if any of the public owned color TV’s at the time.

1954 – Birth of Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States


1962 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962), that the use of mandatory but non-denominational prayer in public schools was unconstitutional.

1964 – U.S. President Lyndon Johnson ordered 200 U S military personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.

1966 – “Dark Shadows” began running on ABC-TV.

1970 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission handed down a ruling making it illegal for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the permission of the person being called.

1972 – Birth of my son and first-born child. Every day has significant history. Happy birthday, son!!!

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