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HISTORY Today is Wednesday, June 25, the 176th day of 2003. There are 189 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 25, 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South.

On this date:

In 1788, the state of Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution.

In 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his Seventh Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.

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In 1942, some 1,000 British Royal Air Force bombers raided Bremen, Germany, during World War II.

In 1951, the first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities.

In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that the use of an unofficial, non-denominational prayer in New York State public schools was unconstitutional.

In 1967, the Beatles performed their new song, "All You Need Is Love," during a live international telecast.

In 1973, former White House Counsel John W. Dean began testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee.

In 1991, the western Yugoslav republics of Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence.

In 1995, Warren Burger, the 15th chief justice of the United States, died in Washington at age 87.

In 1996, a truck bomb killed 19 Americans and injured hundreds at a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia.

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Ten years ago: Vice President Gore cast the tie-breaking vote as the Senate approved a record deficit-reduction plan. Kim Campbell was sworn in as Canada's 19th prime minister, the first woman to hold the post.

Five years ago: The Supreme Court rejected a 1997 line-item veto law as unconstitutional, and ruled that HIV-infected people are protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act. President Clinton began a nine-day trip to China in the city of Xi'an.

One year ago: President Bush surveyed a huge wildfire in Arizona by air and declared the region a disaster area. A federal judge in Alexandria, Va., refused to accept a no-contest plea from Zacarias Moussaoui, accused of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, and instead entered an innocent plea on his behalf.

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