Today is Monday, June 25, the 176th day of 2018 with 189 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include French composer Gustave Charpentier in 1860; English novelist/critic George Orwell, author of 1984, in 1903; movie director Sidney Lumet in 1924; actor June Lockhart in 1925 (age 93); civil rights advocate James Meredith in 1933 (age 85); musician Harold Melvin in 1939; basketball Hall of Fame member Willis Reed in 1942 (age 76); musician Carly Simon in 1945 (age 73); musician Ian McDonald in 1946 (age 72); actor Jimmie Walker in 1947 (age 71); U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 1954 (age 64); chef/TV personality Anthony Bourdain in 1956; actor/writer Ricky Gervais in 1961 (age 57); musician George Michael in 1963; basketball Hall of Fame member Dikembe Mutombo in 1966 (age 52); actor Angela Kinsey in 1971 (age 47); actor Linda Cardellini in 1975 (age 43); actor/TV personality La La Anthony in 1979 (age 39); actor Busy Philipps in 1979 (age 39); actor McKenna Grace in 2006 (age 12).
On this date in history:
In 1876, U.S. Army Gen. George Custer and his force of 208 men were killed by Chief Sitting Bull’s Sioux warriors at Little Big Horn in Montana.
In 1942, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower took command of the U.S. World War II forces in Europe.
In 1950, North Korean forces invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
In 1951, CBS aired the first color television broadcast. At the time, no color TV sets were owned by the public.
In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision interpreted as barring prayer in public schools.
In 1973, White House attorney John Dean told a U.S. Senate committee that U.S. President Richard Nixon joined in a plot to cover up the Watergate break-in.
In 1991, Slovenia and Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia, sparking civil war.
In 1993, Kim Campbell was sworn in as Canada’s first woman prime minister, taking the post after the retirement of Brian Mulroney. Campbell was prime minister until November, leaving office after her Progressive Conservative Party was defeated in the federal election.
In 1994, Japanese Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata resigned two months after taking office rather than face a no-confidence vote by Parliament.
In 1997, about half of Mir’s power supply was knocked out when an unmanned cargo ship collided with the Russian space station and put a hole in it.
In 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected president of Iran.
In 2006, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by militants from the Gaza Strip. He was released Oct. 18, 2011.
In 2009, entertainment superstar Michael Jackson, known as “the king of pop,” a vast influence on the music scene of his day, died of cardiac arrest at age 50 while preparing a comeback.
In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that mandatory sentencing of teenage killers to life without parole is unconstitutional.
In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police must get a warrant before searching the cellphone of a person who is arrested.
A thought for the day: “You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.” — Thomas Sowell