June 25, 1678: Elena Cornaro Piscopia becomes the first woman to receive a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Padua. We can only assume that shortly thereafter, some guy attempted to mansplain Aristotle to her.
1876: Lt. Colonel Custer and his men are routed at the Battle of Little Bighorn; Americans are simultaneously horrified by the death of Custer and his men and continue to murder Native Americans and confine them to smaller and smaller reservations.
1945: Carly Simon is born. You’re so vain, you probably think this post is about you.
1947: The Diary of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank, is published and puts a face to the atrocities of Hitler’s regime. Anne may have believed that “despite everything, people are really good at heart,” but we still think Justin Bieber is a jerk.
1996: Independence Day premieres in L.A.; it would become the year’s highest-grossing film and Bill Pullman’s speech as President Whitmore becomes engrained in America’s consciousness.