Today in History: June 25

Today in History: June 25

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Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeat Lothar at Fontenay.

1658

Aurangzeb proclaims himself emperor of the Moghuls in India.

1767

Mexican Indians riot as Jesuit priests are ordered home.

1857

Gustave Flaubert goes on trial for public immorality regarding his novel, Madame Bovary.

1862

The first day of the Seven Days' campaign begins with fighting at Oak Grove, Virginia.

1864

Union troops surrounding Petersburg, Virginia, begin building a mine tunnel underneath the Confederate lines.

1868

The U.S. Congress enacts legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the federal government.

1876

General George A. Custer and over 260 men of the Seventh Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Bighorn in Montana.

1903

Marie Curie announces her discovery of radium.

1920

The Greeks take 8,000 Turkish prisoners in Smyrna.

1921

Samuel Gompers is elected head of the American Federation of Labor for the 40th time.

1941

Finland declares war on the Soviet Union.

1946

Ho Chi Minh travels to France for talks on Vietnamese independence.

1948

The Soviet Union tightens its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges heading for the city.

1950

North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War.

1959

The Cuban government seizes 2.35 million acres under a new agrarian reform law.

1962

The U.S. Supreme Court bans official prayers in public schools.

1964

President Lyndon Johnson orders 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.

1973

White House Counsel John Dean admits President Richard Nixon took part in the Watergate cover-up.

1986

Congress approves $100 million in aid to the Contras fighting in Nicaragua.