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UPI Almanac for Friday, June 25, 2021

On June 25, 2006, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by militants from the Gaza Strip. He was released Oct. 18, 2011.

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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit speaks with France's ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot (unseen) at the French Embassy in the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv on January 11, 2012. On June 25, 2006, Shalit was kidnapped by militants from the Gaza Strip. He was released Oct. 18, 2011. File Photo by Jack Guez/UPI
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit speaks with France's ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot (unseen) at the French Embassy in the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv on January 11, 2012. On June 25, 2006, Shalit was kidnapped by militants from the Gaza Strip. He was released Oct. 18, 2011. File Photo by Jack Guez/UPI | License Photo

Today is Friday, June 25, the 176th day of 2021 with 189 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi in 1852; French composer Gustave Charpentier in 1860; English novelist/critic George Orwell in 1903; movie director Sidney Lumet in 1924; actor June Lockhart in 1925 (age 96); author/illustrator Eric Carle in 1929; civil rights advocate James Meredith in 1933 (age 88); musician Harold Melvin in 1939; basketball Hall of Fame member Willis Reed in 1942 (age 79); musician Carly Simon in 1945 (age 76); actor Jimmie Walker in 1947 (age 74); U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 1954 (age 67); chef/TV personality Anthony Bourdain in 1956; actor/writer Ricky Gervais in 1961 (age 60); musician George Michael in 1963; basketball Hall of Fame member Dikembe Mutombo in 1966 (age 55); actor Angela Kinsey in 1971 (age 50); actor Linda Cardellini in 1975 (age 46); actor Busy Philipps in 1979 (age 42); actor Sheridan Smith in 1981 (age 40); actor/TV personality Alani "La La" Anthony in 1981 (age 40); actor McKenna Grace in 2006 (age 15).

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On this date in history:

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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.

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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.

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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 2019, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes.

In 2020, country music group The Dixie Chicks changed its name to The Chicks. The change follows pressure from those who object to "Dixie" as a nostalgic nickname for the South, specifically the states from the Confederacy.


A thought for the day: "Justice O'Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and a wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. ... I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." -- Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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