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Today in History — June 25

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Monday, June 25, the 176th day of 2007. There are 189 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 25, 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 U.S. Constitution.

In 1807, Napoleon I of France and Russian Czar Alexander I met near Tilsit, in northern Prussia, to discuss terms for ending war between their empires.

In 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.

In 1906, architect Stanford White was shot to death atop New York’s Madison Square Garden, which he had designed, by millionaire Harry K. Thaw, the jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit. Thaw was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity.

In 1942, some 1,000 British Royal Air Force bombers raided Bremen, Germany, during World War II.

In 1951, the first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a 55-minute special from New York to four other cities.

In 1962, the Supreme Court, in Engel v. Vitale, ruled that recital of a state-sponsored prayer in New York State public schools was unconstitutional.

In 1967, the Beatles performed their new song “All You Need Is Love” during a live international telecast.

In 1973, former White House Counsel John W. Dean began testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee.

In 1996, a truck bomb killed 19 Americans and injured hundreds at a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia.

Ten years ago: An unmanned cargo ship crashed into Russia’s Mir space station, knocking out half of the station’s power and rupturing a pressurized laboratory. The Supreme Court struck down the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, designed to limit government’s ability to regulate religious practices. Oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau died in Paris at age 87.

Five years ago: President Bush surveyed a huge wildfire in Arizona by air and declared the region a disaster area. A federal judge in Alexandria, Va., refused to accept a no-contest plea from Zacarias Moussaoui, accused of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, and instead entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

One year ago: Palestinian militants kidnapped an Israeli soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit, after tunneling under the border and attacking a military post, killing two other soldiers. An al-Qaida-linked group posted a Web video showing the killings of three Russian Embassy workers who’d been abducted in Iraq; a statement from the group said a fourth worker had also been slain. Actress Nicole Kidman married country music star Keith Urban in Sydney, Australia.

Today’s Birthdays: Movie director Sidney Lumet is 83. Actress June Lockhart is 82. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eddie Floyd is 72. Actress Barbara Montgomery is 68. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Willis Reed is 65. Singer Carly Simon is 62. Rock musician Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) is 61. Rock musician Ian McDonald (Foreigner; King Crimson) is 61. Actor-comedian Jimmie Walker is 60. Actor-director Michael Lembeck is 59. TV personality Phyllis George is 58. Rock singer Tim Finn is 55. Rock musician David Paich (Toto) is 53. Actor-writer-director Ricky Gervais is 46. Rock singer George Michael is 44. Actress Erica Gimpel is 43. Rapper-producer Richie Rich is 40. Rapper Candyman is 39. Musician Sean Kelly is

36. Actress Angela Kinsey (TV: “The Office”) is 36. Rock musician Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) is 35. Rock musician Mario Calire is 33. Actress Linda Cardellini is 32. Actress Busy Philipps is 28.

Thought for Today: “A straight line is the shortest in morals as in mathematics.” — Maria Edgeworth, English novelist (1767-1849).