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6/25/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - June 25
George Armstrong Custer
George Armstrong Custer


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Today in History in 1667 the first blood transfusion was performed by French Doctor Jean-Baptiste Denys; in 1788 Virginia becomes the 10th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution; and in 1876 the 7th Calvary under the command of George Armstrong Custer was wiped out by the Sioux and Cheyenne – Battle of Little Big Horn.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1667 - 1st blood transfusion performed by French Doctor Jean-Baptiste Denys
  • 1678 - Elena Cornaro Piscopia, a Venetian, is awarded a doctorate of philosophy - first woman to receive a university doctoral decree
  • 1788 - Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify US constitution
  • 1876 - Battle of the Little Bighorn: 7th Cavalry under Lieutenant Colonel (sometime Brevet Major General) George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne, Custer killed
  • 1929 - President Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam)
  • 1942 - Maj Gen Dwight Eisenhower appointed commander of US forces in Europe
  • 1950 - Korean conflict begins; North Korea invades South Korea
  • 1988 - Cal Ripken Jr plays in his 1,000th consecutive game
  • 1991 - Martina Navratilova wins record 100th singles match at Wimbledon
  • 1996 - "Independence Day" directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum premieres in Westwood, California


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1903 - George Orwell, [Eric A Blair], Bihar, British India, British writer (Animal Farm, 1984), (d. 1950)
  • 1925 - June Lockhart, actress (Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 - Gary Crosby, California, actor (Bill Dana Show, Adam 12, Chase)
  • 1945 - Carly Simon, singer (Anticipation, You're So Vain), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 - Jimmie Walker, Bronx NY, comedian (JJ-Good Times, At Ease)
  • 1961 - Ricky Gervais, Reading England, actor and comedian (The Office)
  • 1963 - George Michael [Panos], British rock vocalist (Wham-I Want Your Sex), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

  • 1927 - Pediatrician Benjamin Spock (24) weds civil liberties advocate Jane Cheney
  • 1938 - Economist Milton Friedman (25) weds Rose Friedman at the Jewish Seminary in New York City
  • 1960 - NBA player Oscar Robertson (21) weds teacher Yvonne Crittenden in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1967 - MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan (20) weds his high school sweetheart Ruth Holdorff (18)
  • 1976 - Actor Peter Lawford (52) weds aspiring actress Deborah Gould (25)
  • 1983 - Actor Denzel Washington (28) weds actress Pauletta Pearson (33)
  • 1987 - Actress and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus (26) weds actor Brad Hall (29)
  • 1999 - "Sudden Death" action star Jean-Claude Van Damme (38) weds Gladys Portugues in Knokke-Heist, Belgium
  • 1999 - Business magnate Rupert Murdoch (68) weds businesswoman Wendi Deng (30) at the yacht Morning Glory in New York harbor
  • 2005 - British pop sensation Sophie Ellis Bextor (26) weds "The Feeling" bassist Richard Jones at Palazzo Terranova in Umbria
  • 2006 - Actress Nicole Kidman (45) weds country music singer-songwriter Keith Urban (44) at Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, Australia
  • 2006 - Emmy-winning "Medium" actress Patricia Arquette (38) weds actor Thomas Jane (37) at the Palazzo Contarini in Venice, Italy
  • 2006 - "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" actor Hugh O'Brian (81) weds Viginia Barber at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1997 - "Dumb and Dumber" actress Lauren Holly (33) divorces actor-comedian Jim Carrey (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 9 months of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1876 - George Armstrong Custer, US General, dies at the Battle of Little Bighorn aged 36
  • 1876 - John Patton, trumpeter, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1876 - Lame White Man, Cheyenne, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1876 - Myles Keogh, US officer, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1876 - Thomas W Custer, brother of George Custer, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1968 - Tony Hancock, actor/writer (Call Me Genius, Rebel), dies at 43
  • 1971 - John Boyd Orr, Scottish physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1880)
  • 1976 - Johnny Mercer, US songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66
  • 1997 - Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87
  • 2009 - Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50
  • 2009 - Farrah Fawcett, American actress and pop culture figure (b.1947)

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