TODAY IN HISTORY - June 25

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 25


1658 - Aurangzeb proclaims himself emperor of the Moghuls in India.

 

1857 - Gustave Flaubert goes on trial for public immorality regarding his novel, Madame Bovary.

 

1868 - The U.S. Congress enacts legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the federal government.

 

1876 - General George A. Custer and over 260 men of the Seventh Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Bighorn in Montana.

 

1903 - Marie Curie announces her discovery of radium.

 

1920 - The Greeks take 8,000 Turkish prisoners in Smyrna.

 

1921 - Samuel Gompers is elected head of the American Federation of Labor for the 40th time.

 

1941 - Finland declares war on the Soviet Union.

 

1946 - Ho Chi Minh travels to France for talks on Vietnamese independence.

 

1948 - The Soviet Union tightens its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges heading for the city.

 

1950 - North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War.

 

1959 - The Cuban government seizes 2.35 million acres under a new agrarian reform law.

 

1962 - The U.S. Supreme Court bans official prayers in public schools.

 

1964 - President Lyndon Johnson orders 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.

 

1973 - White House Counsel John Dean admits President Richard Nixon took part in the Watergate cover-up.

 

1986 - Congress approves $100 million in aid to the Contras fighting in Nicaragua.