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
1903 George Orwell
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
1822 E. T. A. Hoffmann
German jurist, author
1767 Georg Philipp Telemann