Today is Tuesday, June 25, the 176th day of 2019 with 189 to follow.

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

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 94); civil rights advocate James Meredith in 1933 (age 86); musician Harold Melvin in 1939; basketball Hall of Fame member Willis Reed in 1942 (age 77); musician Carly Simon in 1945 (age 74); musician Ian McDonald in 1946 (age 73); actor Jimmie Walker in 1947 (age 72); U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 1954 (age 65); chef/TV personality Anthony Bourdain in 1956; actor/writer Ricky Gervais in 1961 (age 58); musician George Michael in 1963; basketball Hall of Fame member Dikembe Mutombo in 1966 (age 53); actor Angela Kinsey in 1971 (age 48); actor Linda Cardellini in 1975 (age 44); actor Busy Philipps in 1979 (age 40); actor/TV personality Alani "La La" Anthony in 1983 (age 36); actor McKenna Grace in 2006 (age 13).


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.

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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.

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 2018, Harley-Davidson announced plans to move some production of its motorcycles headed for European Union customers outside the United States to avoid new EU tariffs.

A thought for the day: "You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing." -- Thomas Sowell