25 June It Happened Today
1788 Virginia becomes the tenth US state.
1867 American Lucien B Smith patents barbed wire.
1903 Birth of British novelist George Orwell.
1945 Birth of American singer Carly Simon.
1963 Birth of British musician George Michael.
1976 Death of American composer Johnny Mercer.
1997 Death of underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau.
2009 Death of American pop superstar Michael Jackson.