This Day In History : June 25

1910 United States

The Mann Act

Mann Act, U.S. federal statute passed by Congress and signed into law by Pres. William Howard Taft in 1910, that originally criminalized the transportation of women or girls “in interstate or foreign commerce”.

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Births on This Day, June 25
  • 1894 Hermann Oberth

    German rocket scientist who invented the V2 rocket

  • 1907 J. Hans D. Jensen

    German physicist who discovered the atomic nucleus (Nobel Prize, 1963)

  • 1911 William Howard Stein

    American biochemist who was known for his work on ribonuclease and for his contribution to the understanding of the connection between chemical structure and catalytic activity of the ribonuclease molecule (Nobel Prize, 1972)

  • 1928 Peyo

    Belgian author and illustrator who created The Smurfs 

  • 1560 Wilhelm Fabry

    German surgeon (Father of German surgery)

Deaths on This Day, June 25
  • 2012 George Randolph Hearst, Jr.

    American businessman and Chairman of the Board of the Hearst Corp. from 1996 until his death in 2012

  • 1671 Giovanni Riccioli

    Italian astronomer (Almagestum Novum)

  • 1868 Carlo Matteucci

    Italian physicist and neurophysiologist (bioelectricity)

  • 1971 John Boyd Orr

    Scottish physician (Nobel Peace Prize 1949 - Father of the Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • 2023 John B. Goodenough

    American materials scientist (lithium-ion battery), solid-state physicist and Nobel laureate in chemistry


US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 8802, which forbids racial discrimination in the defense industry

On June 25, 1941, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, which prohibited ethnic or racial discrimination in the nation’s defense industry. This order applied to companies, unions, and federal agencies involved in war-related work.

Croatia and Slovenia declare their independence from Yugoslavia

On June 25, 1991, both Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from Yugoslavia. They were the first nations to take this significant step, which ultimately touched off a decade of civil wars in the region.

1st advanced monoplane airliner flight (Junkers F13)

The Junkers F 13 made its first flight on June 25, 1919. Powered by a 127 kW (170 hp) Mercedes D.IIIa inline upright water-cooled engine, it was an aerodynamically clean all-metal low-wing cantilever monoplane.

Fair Employment Practices Commission established

The Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC) was established in the United States in 1941 to implement Executive Order 8802, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 25, 1941. This order banned discriminatory employment practices by Federal agencies and all unions and companies engaged in war-related work.
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