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Thursday, June 25, 1998
- Microsoft's new Windows 98 will be released to the public.
- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has until today to present a new Cabinet or face a no-confidence motion in the Palestinian Legislative Council.
- U.S. District Judge George Howard Jr. hears arguments in Arkansas on whether health problems are reason to free Susan McDougal from a two-year prison sentence on Whitewater convictions.
- On Friday, June 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments on whether three Secret Service employees can be forced to testify in Monica Lewinsky investigation.
- On Saturday, June 27, a U.N. panel is to meet in Montreal to begin negotiating a treaty to phase out toxic man-made chemicals.
- On Sunday, June 28, the 12th annual World AIDS Conference begins in Geneva.
- On Monday, June 29, United Auto Workers hold their triennial constitutional convention in Las Vegas.
- On Tuesday, June 30, Caribbean leaders meet in St. Lucia to plan the future for the small island economies.
Put on your red shoes and head to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where the 23rd annualJudy Jubilee, celebrating the life of Judy Garland, kicks off today.
- Bhutan celebrates a National Day.
- Mozambique celebrates Independence Day.
- It is Sovereignty Day in Slovenia.
- Actress June Lockhart ("Lost in Space") is 73.
- Director Sidney Lumet ("Network") is 74.
- Singer George Michael ("Faith") is 35.
- Singer Carly Simon ("You're So Vain") is 53.
- Actor Jimmie Walker ("Good Times") is 50.
- In 1080, a council of bishops at Brixen declared Pope Gregory to be deposed and Archbishop Guibert as antipope Clement III.
- In 1580, the Book of Concord, a collection of doctrinal standards of the Lutheran Church, was first published.
- In 1788, Virginia became the 10th state of the United States.
- In 1867, the first barbed wire was patented by Lucien B. Smith of Ohio.
- In 1870, Queen Isabella of Spain abdicated in favor of Alfonso XII.
- In 1876, at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Sioux Indians led by Chief Crazy Horse routed the U.S. 7th Cavalry led by Col. Custer. Custer died along with his company of 264 men in what was known as "Custer's Last Stand."
- In 1903, English satirist George Orwell was born as Eric Arthur Blair. He wrote "Animal Farm" and "1984."
- In 1938, Gaelic scholar Douglas Hyde was inaugurated as the first president of the Irish Republic.
- In 1940, in World War II, hostilities in France formally ended after the French signed an armistice with Germany the previous week.
- In 1942, Major General Dwight Eisenhower was appointed commander of U.S. forces in Europe; on the same day, General Sir Claude Auchinleck became commander of the British Eighth Army in North Africa.
- In 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, heralding the beginning of the Korean War.
- In 1951, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were inaugurated by CBS from New York.
- In 1953, the notorious British murderer of 10 Rillington Place, John Christie, was sentenced to death for killing six women.
- In 1959, Eamon De Valera became president of Ireland at the age of 76.
- In 1973, Erskine Childers Jr. became president of Ireland after the retirement of Eamon de Valera.
- In 1975, Mozambique became independent and Samora Machel was sworn in as president after 477 years of Portuguese rule.
- In 1982, Alexander Haig resigned as U.S. secretary of state and George Schultz took over.
- In 1984, Lord Carrington of Britain succeeded Joseph Luns as NATO secretary-general.
- In 1991, the last Soviet troops stationed in Czechoslovakia left the country, 23 years after the Warsaw Pact invasion.
- In 1991, Croatia and Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia, plunging the federation into a violent breakup.
- In 1993, Kim Campbell took office as Canada's first woman prime minister.
- In 1994, Japanese Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata resigned along with his minority government rather than face a no-confidence vote in parliament.
- In 1996, a bomb blast tore through a Saudi Arabian military complex housing foreigners, killing 19 Americans.
- In 1997, veteran French oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who popularized underwater exploration with prize-winning films, died at age 87.
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