PRAYER IN NYC SCHOOLS RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL
On June 25th, 1962: The Supreme Court ruled that prayer written by the New York Board of Regents for use in New York public schools was unconstitutional. Complaints had been brought forth by public school students as well rabbinical and Judaic organizations that upheld that the Regents’ prayer went against their religion. The Supreme Court decided that government-written prayer had no place being recited in public schools as it was in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment (namely, that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion). Reactions to this decision were predominately negative but that didn’t stop the Supreme Court from expanding this decision beyond New York in later cases.
CBS BROADCASTED IN COLOR FROM NEW YORK
On June 25th, 1951: CBS was broadcast in color from New York on five East Coast stations. This broadcast came after a long struggle on the part of CBS researchers to have their color technology approved by the Federal Communications Commision (FCC). Although they were finally approved in 1950 after ten years of waiting, the CBS color broadcasts were short-lived due to the prevalence of black and white televisions (which were incompatible with the color technology).
BORN ON THIS DAY: CARLY SIMON
On June 25th, 1945: Singer-songwriter Carly Simon was born. Raised in the Bronx, Simon attended the Riverdale Country School before breaking into the music world in 1971 with the hit “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.” The biggest success of her career came in 1972 with the release of the song “You’re So Vain.” The same year, Simon was awarded the Grammy for Best New Artist and was eventually inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 for “You’re So Vain.”
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