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.

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