It happened today – this day in history – June 25

1483: Parliament declares Edward V as illegitimate based on his parent’s alleged bigamous marriage.

1646: Thomas Fairfax’s New Model Army occupies Oxford.

1867: Barbed wire is patented by Lucien B Smith of Ohio.

1868: Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are readmitted to US.

1876: The US 7th Cavalry under Major General George Custer is wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

1900: Russia mobilizes its army in eastern Siberia preparatory to acting against the Chinese, but also in an attempt to diminish the influence of Japan on the Asian mainland.

1903: Birth of author George Orwell (Eric Blair) in India.

1905: Warsaw & Lodz revolt against Russian occupation.

1910: Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird” premieres at the Opéra de Paris, Paris.

1916: Tsar Nicolas II fires minister of foreign affairs Sasonov.

1920: The League of Nations places The International Court of Justice in The Hague.

1926: American amateur Bobby Jones wins his first of three British Open golf titles at Royal Lytham St Annes.

1929: US President Herbert Hoover authorizes the building of the Boulder Dam.

1932: Gene Sarazen shoots a tournament record final round 66 to win the US Open. On the same day, India begin their first cricket test against England at Lord’s.

1941: Finland declares war on the Soviet Union.

1942: The RAF stages a 1,000 bomb raid on Bremen. On the same day, Major General Dwight D Eisenhower is appointed commander of US forces in Europe.

1943: Racial unrest breaks out in Detroit.

1948: Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Round 11 for the heavyweight boxing title.

1950: North Korea invades South Korea at several points along their shared border.

1953: Serial killer John Christie is sentenced to hang for murdering his wife and hiding her body under the floorboards of their Notting Hill home. In total eight female bodies, including that of a baby girl, had been found at Christie’s home at 10 Rillington Place.

1957: New Zealand beats Great Britain 29-21 to win the Rugby League World Cup.

1960: Madagascar gains independence from France. On the same day, Somaliland is granted independence by Britain.

1966: Singer Jackie Wilson is arrested for inciting a riot and refusing to obey a police order at a nightclub in Port Arthur, Texas. Wilson had a crowd of 400 whipped into a frenzy and refused to stop singing when told to do so by police. He was later convicted for drunkenness and fined $30.

1967: 200 million people see The Beatles perform All You Need Is Love from EMI Studios in Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, via satellite as part of the TV global link-up, ‘Our World’.

1968: Comedy actor Tony Hancock commits suicide in an Australian hotel room aged 44.

1969: The Hollies record He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother with Elton John on piano. On the same day, at Wimbledon, Pancho Gonzalez beats Charles Pasarell in a 112 game (5hr12m) marathon.

1973: John Dean begins testifying before Senate Watergate Committee.

1975: Mozambique becomes independent from Portugal.


1976: The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead. On the same say, lyricist Johnny Mercer dies aged 66.

1977: Australia beats Great Britain 13-12 to win the Rugby League World Cup.

1978: Argentina win the football World Cup, beating The Netherlands 3-1 in Buenos Aires.

1979: Failed attack on NATO commander Alexander Haig Jr. in Obourg, Belgium by German terrorist Rolf Klemens Wagner, a former member of the Red Army Faction.

1982: US Secretary of State Alexander Haig Jr resigns.

1983: India defeats the West Indies by 43 runs to win the cricket World Cup at Lord’s.

1985: Thirteen people are arrested in connection with a suspected IRA mainland bombing campaign at seaside resorts.

1988: Hillel Slovak original guitarist with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, dies from a heroin overdose.

1990: Nelson Mandela meets with President Bush at the White House.

1991: Martina Navratilova wins a record 100th singles match at Wimbledon, beating Elna Reinach of South Africa 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. On the same day, Slovenia and Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia.

1993: The first day of the Glastonbury Festival features the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Suede, Belly, The Orb, Lemonheads, The Black Crowes and Lenny Kravitz.

1994: Five people attending the Glastonbury Festival are injured when a man starts shooting into the crowd. On the same day, Japanese premier Tsutomu Hata resigns.

1997: Oceanographer and inventor of the aqualung, Jacques Cousteau dies aged 87.

2000: Singles chart:

  1. Spinning Around – Kylie Minogue
  2. You See The Trouble With Me – Black Legend
  3. Sandstorm – Darude
  4. It Feels So Good – Sonique
  5. Babylon – David Gray
  6. The Power Of Love – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  7. Ghetto Romance – Damage
  8. Last One Standing – Girl Thing
  9. Reach – S Club 7
  10. Shackles (Praise You) – Mary Mary
2000: Moby – Play

Album chart:

  1. The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem
  2. Play – Moby
  3. 7 – S Club 7
  4. Reload – Tom Jones
  5. Rise – Gabrielle
  6. The Greatest Hits – Whitney Houston
  7. White Ladder – David Gray
  8. Crush – Bon Jovi
  9. A New Beginning – Stephen Gateley
  10. Onka’s Big Moka – Toploader

2001: Race violence erupts in Burnley as rival gangs of Asian and white youths clash.

2005: Ultra-conservative Mahmoud Admadinejad wins a surprise victory in the Iranian presidential poll.

2006: Music producer and arranger Arif Mardin dies aged 74 from pancreatic cancer. On the same day, actress Nicole Kidman marries country artist Keith Urban in Australia.

2009: Michael Jackson dies aged 50, after suffering drug induced heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. On the same day, actress Farrah Fawcett dies from cancer aged 62.

2014: Amnesty International apologises to Iggy Pop after it used an image of the singer in its anti-torture campaign without the singer’s permission. On the same day, Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez is charged with biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellin at the World Cup.

2015: Actor Patrick Macnee dies aged 93.

2018: The House of Commons votes for a controversial third runway at Heathrow Airport.

2019: A fan goes into labour at a Pink concert in Liverpool and gives birth at the venue.

2020: Liverpool clinch the Premier League title with seven games to spare.

2021: Former US police officer Derek Chauvin is sentenced to 22 years and six months for the murder of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis. On the same day, two new species of ancient human are announced after findings of a massive fossilized skull – Homo longi “Dragon Man” in North East China and “Nesher Ramla Homo”, a possible ancestor to Neanderthals, uncovered in Israel.

2022: The 30,000-year-old intact remains of a baby wooly mammoth are found frozen in permafrost in Klondike gold fields in the Yukon, Canada. On the same day, the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk falls to Russian forces and US President Joe Biden signs the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” into law, creating greater background checks for gun purchases, funding for mental health programs and the closure of some existing loopholes.

Ricky Gervais

BIRTHDAYS: Peter Blake, artist, 91; Eddie Floyd, singer-songwriter, 86; Carly Simon, singer-songwriter, 77; Labi (Claudius Afolabi) Siffre, singer-songwriter, 78; Tim Finn, singer-songwriter (Split Enz/Crowded House) 71; David Paich, keyboardist/singer-songwriter (Toto) 69; Mike McShane, actor/comedian, 68; Craig Johnston, footballer, 63; Rickey Gervais, comedian/writer/director/actor, 62; Phil Jupitus, comedian/broadcaster 61; Lucy Benjamin (Taggart), actress, 53; Neil Lennon, football coach, 52; Jamie Redknapp, football pundit/TV personality, 50; Linda Cardellini, actress, 48; Gavin Williamson MP, 47; Busy (Elizabeth) Phillips, actress, 44; Sheridan Smith, actress/singer, 42; Charlie Salt, bassist/singer (Blossoms) 32.