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On This Day in History, June 25

What Happened On This Day – June 25

  • 1993 Both Canada and Turkey elect female heads of government for the first time

    Kim Campbell became Canada's and Tansu Çiller Turkey's Prime Minister on this day. Worldwide, women in top political positions are still the exception.

  • 1967 The world's first live global satellite TV program is aired

    The BBC program “Our World” featured artists from 19 countries. The Beatles premiered their song “All You Need Is Love” on the show. Some 400 million viewers tuned in.

  • 1950 The Korean War begins as North Korea invades South Korea

    The war soon evolved into an international conflict and a proxy war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, leading to fears of a new World War. It was ended by an armistice in 1953.

  • 1947 The Diary of Anne Frank is published

    The Jewish girl's account of her life in hiding from the Nazis has become a well-known work of world literature and made Anne one of the most prominent victims of the Nazi regime. She died at age 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

  • 1910 Igor Stravinsky's ballet “The Firebird” is premiered

    The work was performed by Sergei Diaghilev's legendary ballet company “Ballets Russes”. It was a huge success, catapulting Stravinsky to stardom.

Births On This Day – June 25

  • 1963 George Michael

    English singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actor

  • 1961 Ricky Gervais

    English comedian, actor, writer

  • 1924 Sidney Lumet

    American director

  • 1903 George Orwell

    English author

  • 1852 Antoni Gaudí

    Spanish architect, designed the Park Güell

Deaths On This Day – June 25

  • 2009 Michael Jackson

    American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, actor

  • 1997 Jacques Cousteau

    French biologist, author, inventor, co-developed the aqua-lung

  • 1984 Michel Foucault

    French philosopher

  • 1822 E. T. A. Hoffmann

    German jurist, author

  • 1767 Georg Philipp Telemann

    German composer

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