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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 25, 2024

On June 25, 1973, White House attorney John Dean told a U.S. Senate committee that President Richard Nixon joined in a plot to cover up the Watergate break-in.

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On June 25, 1973, White House attorney John Dean, pictured in 2019, told a U.S. Senate committee that President Richard Nixon joined in a plot to cover up the Watergate break-in. File Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI
1 of 5 | On June 25, 1973, White House attorney John Dean, pictured in 2019, told a U.S. Senate committee that President Richard Nixon joined in a plot to cover up the Watergate break-in. File Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI | License Photo

Today is Tuesday, June 25, the 177th day of 2024 with 189 to follow.

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

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include architect Antoni Gaudi in 1852; musician Gustave Charpentier in 1860; writer George Orwell in 1903; filmmaker Sidney Lumet in 1924; actor June Lockhart in 1925 (age 99); writer/illustrator Eric Carle in 1929; civil rights advocate James Meredith in 1933 (age 91); musician Harold Melvin in 1939; Basketball Hall of Fame member Willis Reed in 1942; musician Carly Simon in 1945 (age 79); actor Jimmie Walker in 1947 (age 77); U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 1954 (age 70); musician David Paich (Toto) in 1954 (age 70); chef/TV personality Anthony Bourdain in 1956; actor/writer Ricky Gervais in 1961 (age 63); musician George Michael in 1963; actor Erica Gimpel in 1964 (age 60); Basketball Hall of Fame member Dikembe Mutombo in 1966 (age 58); actor Angela Kinsey in 1971 (age 53); musician Sean Kelly (Sixpence None the Richer) in 1971 (age 53); musician Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) in 1972 (age 52); actor Linda Cardellini in 1975 (age 49); actor Busy Philipps in 1979 (age 45); actor Sheridan Smith in 1981 (age 43); actor/TV personality Alani "La La" Anthony in 1982 (age 42); actor McKenna Grace in 2006 (age 18).

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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 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.

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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 2021, a Minnesota judge sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to 270 months in prison for killing George Floyd during an arrest in 2020.

In 2023, Kyriakos Mitsotakis won his second term as prime minister of Greece with more than 40% of votes.


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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