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Fifty years ago, on June 25th,
1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the
communist North invaded the South.
On this date:
In 1788, the state of Virginia
ratified the US Constitution.
In 1868, Florida, Alabama,
Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South
Carolina were re-admitted to the Union.
In 1876, Lieutenant
Colonel George A. Custer and his Seventh Cavalry
were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in
the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.
In 1942, some
1,000 British Royal Air Force bombers raided
Bremen, Germany, during World War Two.
In 1951, the first
commercial color telecast took place as CBS
transmitted a one-hour special from New York to
four other cities.
In 1962, the
Supreme Court ruled that the use of an
unofficial, non-denominational prayer in New York
State public schools was unconstitutional.
In 1973, former
White House Counsel John W. Dean began testifying
before the Senate Watergate Committee.
In 1975, the
People's Republic of Mozambique came into being,
ending nearly five centuries of Portuguese rule.
American-born Mildred Gillars, better known
during World War Two as "Axis Sally"
for her Nazi propaganda broadcasts, died in
Columbus, Ohio, at age 87. (Gillars had served 12
years in prison for treason.)
In 1998, the
Supreme Court rejected a 1997 line-item veto law
as unconstitutional, and ruled that HIV-infected
people are protected by the Americans With
Ten years ago:
African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela
met with President Bush at the White House.
Five years ago:
Warren Burger, the 15th chief justice of the
United States, died in Washington of congestive
heart failure at age 87.
One year ago:
During a news conference, President Clinton said
the people of Serbia had to "get out of
denial" about the atrocities blamed on
Slobodan Milosevic and decide if he was fit to
remain president of Yugoslavia. The San Antonio
Spurs won their first NBA title as they defeated
the New York Knicks, 78-to-77, in game five of
their championship series.
"It is not depravity
that afflicts the human race so much as a general
lack of intelligence."
Agnes Repplier, American writer and social critic