June 25th

2009
Michael Jackson, lifelong musician, pop singer, and superstar, dies at age 50.
Michael Jackson
1997
Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau died.
Jacques Cousteau
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.
List of elected and appointed female heads of state and government ...
1991
Croatia and Slovenia proclaimed their independence from Yugoslavia, beginning the Yugoslavian civil war.
Breakup of Yugoslavia
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.
Our World (TV special)
1951
The first commercial color TV program was transmitted by CBS from New York to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC.
Premiere (TV program)
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.
Korean War
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.
The Diary of Anne Frank
1929
President Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam).
Hoover Dam
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.
The Firebird
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.
George Armstrong Custer
1788
Virginia became the 10th state in the Union.
Virginia
1678
Elena Cornaro Piscopia, a Venetian, is awarded a doctorate of philosophy - first woman to receive a university doctoral decree.
University of Padua
1667
1st blood transfusion performed by French Doctor Jean-Baptiste Denys.
Jean-Baptiste Denys