This Day, June 25, in History.
Folks it’s June 25 which means not only are we already four days into summer, but it’s also time for another This Day in History!
June 25, 1876–> Battle of Little Bighorn
Today in 1876 Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse led a coalition of Native American forces to victory against General Custer and his troops at the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana. The two Chiefs from the Sioux Tribe resisted US government troops when Gold was discovered in the Black Hills of Montana and the US made attempts to limit Native Americans to Reservations away from those areas. After fending off the first wave of men, Custer’s 7th Cavalry was called to scout ahead, but Custer just couldn’t wait and decided to move in without reinforcements. Led by mostly Sioux and Cheyenne tribesman numbered about and met Custer’s 600 men upon entering Little Bighorn Valley at midday. Also known as Custer’s Last Stand, this led to an even harsher attempt to resettle Native Americans by the US Government.
June 25, 2009–> Michael Jackson Dies
8 years ago today the world lost one of the best and most successful entertainers it had ever known. Michael Jackson died that day at the age of 50 at his Los Angeles home. After suffering a heart attack as a result of a dangerous combination of drugs given to him by his doctor. Starting at the age of 5 in the famous family band, the Jackson 5, Jackson released his first solo album in 1972. Jackson hit his break with the classic and best selling studio album of all time, Thriller, pairing with longtime collaborator Quincy Jones (father of Rashida). With hits like “Bad”, “Man in the Mirror”, “The Way you Make Me Feel”, “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, and countless others, Michael truly was the King of Pop, and for that, we thank you. RIP in peace.