Events - June 25
1788 - The Virginia colony including Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America, entered the United States of America as the tenth state. The state, also known as Old Dominion, was named after the "Virgin Queen", Elizabeth I of England. The Commonwealth of Virginia and its capital, Richmond, have played major roles in American history. Like West Virginia, it names the cardinal as the state bird. The official state flower of Virginia is the flowering dogwood.
1844 - John Tyler took Julia Gardiner as his bride, thus becoming the first U.S. President to marry while in office.
1876 - Indian Chief Crazy Horse won the two-hour Battle of the Little Bighorn, Montana, wiping out the army of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. Custer, who led the battle against the Sioux Indian encampment, was among the 200+ casualties. Ironically, the only survivor of Custer’s forces was a horse, "Comanche".
1886 - Nineteen-year-old Arturo Toscanini moved from the cello section to the conductor’s stand of the Rio de Janeiro Orchestra. The maestro conducted "Aida" this day.
1910 - The U.S. Congress authorized the use of postal savings stamps.
1942 - The first broadcast of "It Pays to Be Ignorant" was aired on WOR Radio and the Mutual Broadcasting System.
1948 - Joe Louis KO’d Jersey Joe Walcott to keep the world heavyweight boxing crown.
1951 - The first commercial color TV program was seen. It was a four-hour-long show presented on CBS and carried in New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. Arthur Godfrey, Faye Emerson, Sam Levenson and Ed Sullivan starred in the TV milestone. An interesting side note to this event is that the public didn’t own any color TVs at the time and CBS, itself, owned only about three dozen sets.
1961 - Pat Boone spent this day at number one for one last time with "Moody River". Boone, a teen heart-throb in the 1950s, had previously walked his way up the music charts, wearing white buck shoes, of course, with these other hits: "Ain’t That a Shame", "I Almost Lost My Mind", "Don’t Forbid Me", "Love Letters in the Sand" and "April Love".
1962 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (5 to 4) that prayers in public schools violated the First Amendment to the Constitution regarding the separation of church and state.
1968 - Bobby Bonds of the San Francisco Giants started on the road to superstardom. Bonds connected for a grand-slam home run in his first game with the Giants. He became the first baseball player in the majors to debut in such an exciting way.
1969 - The Guess Who from Canada received a gold record for their hit single, "These Eyes".
1980 - Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese announced his retirement from professional football after 14 years in South Florida. Griese had some impressive statistics: 193 touchdown passes, 25,200 yards passing and the winner of two (out of three) Super Bowls.
1985 - A new lineup graced ABC-TV’s "Monday Night Football" announcer lineup. Frank Gifford and O.J. Simpson were joined by Joe Namath. The trio was out to regain some of the show’s sagging ratings after Howard Cosell and Don Meredith exited the broadcast.
1990 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of an individual, whose wishes are clearly made, to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment. The 5-4 ruling upholding the right to die was made in the Cruzan vs. Missouri case.
1993 - Kim Campbell became Canada’s 19th prime minister -- and its first woman prime minister. Campbell governed until October 25, 1993 when the Progressive-Conservative party was royally defeated. (Her term actually expired November 4, 1993.)
1998 - Windows 98 was released. Microsoft used the slogan, “Works better. Plays better.” The company said the new operating system would bring an “increased computer experience by providing a rich feature set for a wider variety of users than ever before.” Interest in the new release was also increased by the publicity generated by the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust suit against Microsoft.
1999 - Adam Sandler’s "Big Daddy" debuted at theatres across the U.S. Sandler plays Sonny Koufax, who tries to get custody of his best friend’s son. Sappy? You betcha! Successful? You betcha: $41.54 million the first weekend.
1999 - The San Antonio Spurs earned their first NBA (National Basketball Association) title in their 26-year history by beating the New York Knicks 78-to-77. That gave the Spurs the series 4 games to 1.
Birthdays - June 25
1874 - Rose O’Neill (illustrator, author, doll designer; died Apr 6, 1944)
1886 - Henry ‘Hap’ Arnold (military: U.S. General and commander of the Army Air Force: WWII; 1st five-star general of the U.S. Army Air Force; died Jan 15,1950)
1887 - George Abbott (director: Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game, Too Many Girls; died Jan 31, 1995)
1903 - George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) (author: Animal Farm, 1984; died Jan 21, 1950)
1903 - Anne Revere (Tony Award-winning actress: Toys in the Attic ; Academy Award winner : National Velvet; A Place in the Sun, Gentlemen’s Agreement, Forever Amber, The Song of Bernadette, The Howards of Virginia; died Dec 18, 1990)
1906 - Roger Livesey (actor: Of Human Bondage, The Entertainer; died Feb 4, 1976)
1912 - Milton Shapp (governor of Pennsylvania [1971–1979]; died Nov 24, 1994)
1915 - Peter Lind Hayes (Joseph Conrad Lind) (actor: The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Zis Boom Bah!, Peter Loves Mary [w/wife, Mary Healy]; died Apr 21, 1998)
1922 - Johnny Smith (jazz musician: guitar: Moonlight in Vermont; died Jun 11, 2013)
1923 - Dorothy Gilman (author: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, Incident at Madamya; died Feb 2, 2012)
1924 - Sidney Lumet (director: Twelve Angry Men, Serpico, Deathtrap, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Pawnbroker, Family Business, Playhouse 90, Gloria; died Apr 9, 2011)
1925 - June Lockhart (actress: Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction, Deadly Games, The Big Picture, The Yearling, Meet Me in St. Louis)
1937 - Eddie Floyd (singer: group: Falcons: You’re So Fine; solo: Bring It on Home to Me, Knock on Wood, I’ve Never Found a Girl [To Love Me like You Do])
1940 - Clint Warwick (Eccles) (musician: bass: The Moody Blues: Go Now, LP: The Magnificent Moodies; died May 15, 2004)
1942 - Willis Reed (basketball: New York Knicks center and captain; NBA MVP: )
1944 - Al Beauchamp (football: Cincinnati Bengals)
1945 - Carly Simon (Grammy Award-winning [Best New Artist, 1971] singer: Anticipation, You’re So Vain, Mockingbird [w/husband James Taylor], Nobody Does It Better, You Belong to Me, Coming Around Again; Academy Award-winning song: Let the River Run ; author of children’s books)
1946 - Allen Lanier (musician: guitar, keyboards: group: Blue Oyster Cult: Don’t Fear the Reaper, LPs: Revolution by Night, Fire of Unknown Origin, Cultosaurus Erectus, Spectres, Secret Treaties, Agents of Fortune, ETI, Some Enchanted Evening, On Your Feet or on Your Knees; died Aug 14, 2013)
1946 - Ian McDonald (musician: instrumentalist: group: Foreigner: Feels like the First Time, Cold as Ice, Long Long Way from Home, Double Vision, Hot Blooded, Blue Morning Blue Day)
1947 - Jimmie Walker (actor, comedian: Good Times, B.A.D. Cats, Airplane!, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York)
1948 - Clay (Clayton Laws) Kirby (baseball: pitcher: SD Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos; died Oct 11, 1991)
1949 - Phyllis George (Brown) (Miss America ; TV host: The NFL Today, The CBS Morning News)
1952 - Tim Finn (Te Awamutu) (musician: keyboard, singer: group: Split Enz)
1954 - David Paich (musician: keyboards, singer: group: Toto: Hold the Line, Make Believe, Roseanna, Africa)
1963 - Doug Gilmour (hockey: NHL: SL Blues, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, NJ Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres)
1963 - George Michael (Yorgos Panayiotou) (singer: duo: Wham!: Wake Me Up before You Go-Go; Ivor Novello Songwriter of the Year Award ; solo: Careless Whisper, Faith, A Different Corner, I Want Your Sex; died Dec 25, 2016)
1966 - Dikembe Mutombo (basketball [center]: Georgetown Univ; Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets, NY Knicks, Houston Rockets; Dikembe Mutombo Foundation [helping people in the Congo])
1975 - Linda Cardellini (actress: Good Burger, Scooby-Doo, La La Wood, Legally Blonde, Dying to Live, Dead Man on Campus)
Chart Toppers - June 25
I’ll Be Seeing You - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)
I’ll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)
Swinging on a Star/Going My Way - Bing Crosby
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio
Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
I’m Yours - Don Cornell
Be Anything - Eddy Howard
The Wild Side of Life - Hank Thompson
Cathy’s Clown - The Everly Brothers
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool - Connie Francis
Swingin’ School - Bobby Rydell
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Locklin
This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
MacArthur Park - Richard Harris
The Look of Love - Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
Silly Love Songs - Wings
Get Up and Boogie (That’s Right) - Silver Convention
Misty Blue - Dorthy Moore
El Paso City - Marty Robbins
The Reflex - Duran Duran
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Self Control - Laura Branigan
When We Make Love - Alabama
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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