June 25 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1678 Venetian Elena Cornaro Piscopia is awarded a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Padua, 1st woman to receive a university doctoral degree or PhD

1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn: US 7th Cavalry under Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull in what has become famously known as “Custer’s Last Stand

1929 US President Herbert Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam)

1950 north korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War

2021 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirms the COVID-19 Delta variant is the most transmissible to date, now present in 85 countries and spreading rapidly [1]

Today’s Historical Events

253 St Lucius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

524 Battle of Vézeronce, the Franks defeat the Burgundians

841 Battle at Fontenay: Louis & Charles beat their brother Lotharius I

1080 Wibbert of Ravenna chosen as anti-pope Clemens III

1096 1st Crusade slaughter Jews of Werelinghofen Germany

1139 Battle of Ourique: Afonso Henriques (later Afonso I of Portugal) defeats Moors

1183 Peace of Konstanz signed between Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Italian Lombard League

1243 Sinibaldo dei Fieschi elected as Pope Innocentius IV

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1949 “Long-Haired Hare”, animated short starring Bugs Bunny, is released in theaters

1951 1st color TV broadcast, CBS’ Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities

1955 “Imogene Coca Show” last airs on NBC-TV

1956 WKNO TV channel 10 in Memphis, Tennessee (PBS) begins broadcasting

1957 “Jonathan Winters Show” last airs on NBC-TV

1960 Lorraine Hansberry’s stage drama “A Raisin in the Sun”, 1st Broadway play by a black woman, starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, closes at the Belasco Theatre, NYC, after 530 performances

1965 15th Berlin International Film Festival: “Alphaville” wins the Golden Bear

1967 KPBS TV channel 15 in San Diego, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1821 Carl Maria von Weber‘s “Konzertstück in f, for Piano and Orchestra” premieres

1910 Igor Stravinsky‘s ballet “The Firebird” for the Ballets Russes premieres at the Opéra de Paris, Paris

1938 “A Tisket A Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1

1950 Johnny Pramesa (Reds) and Hank Thompson (Giants) hit inside the park HRs

1955 “Can Can” closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 892 performances

1964 WMCA (NYC) plays Beatles’ Hard Days Night Album (10 days prior to its scheduled release date), they decide to release it June 26th

1966 Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

1966 Dmitri Shostakovich‘s 13th Symphony, premieres in Leningrad

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1892 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Defending champion Mabel Cahill beats Elisabeth Moore 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

1903 NY Yanks & Chicago White Sox end deadlocked game at 6-6 in 18

1903 Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt is only 20th-century pitcher to lose 2 complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 & 5-3

1904 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: May Sutton beats defending champion Elisabeth Moore 6-1, 6-2 for her first of 3 major titles

1909 US Open Men’s Golf, Englewood GC: Englishman George Sargent sets a new Open scoring record to win his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara

1912 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Ted Ray wins wire-to-wire by 4 shots from defending champion Harry Vardon

1921 British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: former local Jock Hutchison (resident in US) wins his only Open Championship by 9 strokes in a 36-hole playoff over amateur Roger Wethered

1926 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: American amateur Bobby Jones wins the first of his 3 Claret Jugs, 2 strokes clear of runner-up Al Watrous; 5th victory by an American in 6 years