MILESTONES: June 25 birthdays for Sonia Sotomayor, Willis Reed, Ricky Gervais
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Lassie” and “Lost in Space” star June Lockhart, who was born in 1925; “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” author Eric Carle, who was born in 1929; former Brooklyn Dodger Don Demeter, who was born in 1935; Knicks legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Willis Reed, who was born in 1942; “You’re So Vain” singer Carly Simon, who was born in 1945; “Good Times” star Jimmie Walker, who was born in 1947; Toto singer David Paich, who was born in 1954; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was born in 1954; “After Life” star Ricky Gervais, who was born in 1961; former Yankees catcher Mike Stanley, who was born in 1963; Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, who was born in 1966; “ER” star Linda Cardellini, who was born in 1975; and internet personality Lele Pons, who was born in 1996.
TO THE BITTER END: The Battle of Little Bighorn took place on this day in 1876. Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, leading military forces of more than 200 men, attacked an encampment of 2,000 Sioux Indians led by Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse near Little Bighorn River, Montana. Custer and all men in his immediate command were killed in the two-hour battle.
GET SET: The first color TV broadcast took place on this day in 1951. CBS produced the four-hour program, which was carried by stations in New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C., although no color sets were owned by the public. At the time, CBS itself owned fewer than 40 color receivers.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Go to the moon. If you don’t get it, you’ll still be heading for a star.”
— Willis Reed, who was born in this day in 1942
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