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This day in history

Tuesday, June 25, is the 176th day of 2013. There are 189 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress June Lockhart is 88. Civil rights activist James Meredith is 80. Basketball Hall of Famer Willis Reed is 71. Writer-producer-director Gary David Goldberg is 69. Singer Carly Simon is 68. Actor-comedian Jimmie Walker is 66. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 59. Actor-writer-director Ricky Gervais is 52. Rock singer George Michael is 50. Former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo is 47.

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In 1788, Virginia ratified the US Constitution.

In 1876, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

In 1888, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Benjamin Harrison for the presidency.

In 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South.

In 1973, former White House Counsel John W. Dean began testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee, implicating top administration officials, including President Nixon as well as himself, in the Watergate scandal and cover-up.

In 2003, the Recording Industry Association of America threatened to sue hundreds of individual computer users who were illegally sharing music files online.

In 2008, a jury in Woburn convicted Neil Entwistle of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife, Rachel, 27, and their 9-month-old baby, Lillian Rose. (Entwistle was sentenced the next day to two life prison terms without the possibility of parole.) Wesley N. Higdon, 25, shot and killed five workers and himself at a western Kentucky plastics plant; a sixth victim survived.

In 2009, death claimed singer Michael Jackson in Los Angeles at age 50 and actress Farrah Fawcett in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 62.

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