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Today is June 19, the 170th day of 2021. There are 195 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s history:
On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War was over and all remaining slaves in Texas were free – an event celebrated to this day as “June”.
To this date :
In 1775, George Washington was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army by the Continental Congress.
In 1911, Pennsylvania became the first state to establish a film censorship council.
In 1917, during World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames; the family took the name “Windsor”.
In 1944, during World War II, the two-day Philippine Sea battle began, resulting in a decisive victory for the Americans over the Japanese.
In 1945, millions of New Yorkers gathered to cheer on General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was honored with a parade.
In 1953, Julius Rosenberg, 35, and his wife Ethel, 37, convicted of conspiring to transmit American atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY.
In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved by the United States Senate, 73-27, after surviving a long obstruction.
In 1975, former Chicago organized crime boss Sam Giancana was shot dead in the basement of his home in Oak Park, Illinois; the murder was never solved.
In 1987, the United States Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to also teach the science of creation.
In 2009, Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford was indicted and jailed on charges that his international banking empire was really just a Ponzi scheme based on lies, swagger and bribes. (Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in prison after being convicted of hijacking investors in a $ 7.2 billion scheme involving the sale of fraudulent certificates of deposit.)
In 2013, actor James Gandolfini, 51, died while on vacation in Rome.
In 2014, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California won the House majority election as Republicans reshuffled their leadership following Representative Eric Cantor’s main defeat in Virginia.
Ten years ago: Rory McIlroy ran away with the US Open title, winning eight strokes and breaking the tournament record of four strokes. (McIlroy shot 2 under 69 to close the Four Days in Congress in Bethesda, Md., At 16 under 268.)
Five years ago: LeBron James and his relentless Cavaliers pulled off an unlikely return to the NBA Finals to give the city of Cleveland its first title since 1964 as they became the first team to rally from a deficit to 3-1 defeating defending Golden State Warriors 93-89. Anton Yelchin, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new “Star Trek” movies, was killed by her own car while driving down her driveway in Los Angeles; he was 27 years old.
A year ago: Americans marked Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, with new urgency and protests demanding racial justice. Protesters across the country have disfigured and toppled statues and busts of former US presidents, a Spanish missionary and Confederate figures. The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, said Brett Hankison, one of three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, would be fired. The senior US Navy officer concluded that the two senior commanders of the USS Theodore Roosevelt did not have “do enough, soon enough” contain the coronavirus epidemic on the aircraft carrier; the finding confirmed the dismissal of the ship’s captain, Brett Crozier, for his plea for faster action to protect the crew.
June 19 Birthdays: Actress Gena Rowlands is 91 years old. Hall of Fame racing driver Shirley Muldowney is 81 years old. Singer Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane (Spanky and Our Gang) is 79 years old. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (soo chee) is 76 years old. Author Sir Salman Rushdie is 74 years old. Actress Phylicia Rashad is 73 years old. Rock singer Ann Wilson (Heart) is 71 years old. Musician Larry Dunn is 68 years old. Actress Kathleen Turner is 67 years old. Country singer Doug Stone is 65. Singer Mark DeBarge is 62 years old. Singer-dancer-choreographer Paula Abdul is 59 years old. Actor Andy Lauer is 58 years old. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is 57 years old. Brian Vander Ark (Verve Pipe) is 57 years old. Actor Samuel West is 55 years old. Actor Mia Sara is 54 years old. TV personality Lara Spencer is 52 years old. Brian rock musician “Lead” Welch is 51 years old. Actor Jean Dujardin is 49 years old. Actor Robin Tunney is 49 years old. Actor Bumper Robinson is 47 years old. Actor Poppy Montgomery is 46 years old. Alternative country singer and musician Scott Avett (The Avett Brothers) is 45 years old. Actor Ryan Hurst is 45 years old. Actor Zoe Saldana is 43 years old. Former NBA star Dirk Nowitzki is 43. Actor Neil Brown Jr. is 41 years old. Actor Lauren Lee Smith is 41 years old. Rapper Macklemore (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis) is 39 years old. Actor Paul Dano is 37 years old. New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom is 33 years old. Actor Giacomo Gianniotti is 32 years old. Actor Chuku Modu (TV: “The good doctor”) is 31 years old. Actor Atticus Shaffer is 23 years old.
Today is June 20, the 171st day of 2021. There are 194 days left in the year. It’s Father’s Day. Summer begins at 11:32 p.m. EDT.
The highlight of today’s history:
On June 20, 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of breaking selective service laws by refusing to be enlisted and was sentenced to five years in prison. (Ali’s conviction was eventually overturned by the United States Supreme Court).
To this date :
In 1782, Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States, with the emblem of the bald eagle.
In 1791, King Louis XVI of France and his family attempted to flee to the so-called “Flight to Varennes”, but were taken.
In 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Massachusetts, found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.
In 1921, U.S. Representative Alice Mary Robertson, R-Okla., Became the first woman to chair a session of the House of Representatives.
In 1943, race riots broke out in Detroit; Federal troops were sent two days later to quell the violence that left more than 30 dead.
In 1944, during World War II, the Japanese naval forces withdrew in the Battle of the Philippine Sea after suffering heavy losses against the victorious US fleet.
In 1947, President Harry S. Truman vetoed the Taft-Hartley Act, which sought to restrict union power, but its veto was overturned by Congress. Gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills home of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, apparently on orders from Mafia associates.
In 1972, three days after the arrest of the Watergate burglars, President Richard Nixon met his chief of staff, HR Haldeman, in the White House; the secret recording of this meeting resulted in a notorious discrepancy of 18 and a half minutes.
In 1990, black South African nationalist Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, arrived in New York City for a ticker parade in their honor as they embarked on a tour of eight American cities.
In 2014, the Obama administration granted a series of new benefits to same-sex couples, including those living in states where same-sex marriage was illegal; the new measures ranged from social security and veterans benefits to work leave to care for sick spouses.
In 2019, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards shot down an American surveillance drone in the Strait of Hormuz; it was the first time that the Islamic Republic had directly attacked the US military amid tensions over the failed nuclear deal. A US official said preparations were made for a military strike against Iran in retaliation for the drone downing, but the operation was called off hours before the end.
Ten years ago: Syrian President Bashar Assad pledged national dialogue to consider political reforms, but his vague overtures for a pro-democracy uprising fell flat as protesters took to the streets shouting “Liar!” and demand its eviction. “Donkey” star Ryan Dunn was killed in a violent car crash near Philadelphia; he was 34 years old. The erotic novel “Fifty shades of Grey” by EL James was published by Vintage Books.
Five years ago: Donald Trump abruptly fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in a dramatic upheaval designed to calm panicked Republican leaders and end an internal power struggle plaguing Trump’s White House candidacy. A divided US Supreme Court has strengthened police powers, ruling 5-3 that evidence of a felony in some cases can be used against an accused even if the police have done something wrong or illegal by getting it.
A year ago: A federal judge ruled that former national security adviser John Bolton can move forward with his revealing book, despite the Trump administration’s efforts to block publication. In front of an empty grandstand, Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes in New York; the race normally marks the end of the Triple Crown series, but all three races were postponed due to the pandemic and the Belmont was raced first.
June 20 Birthdays: Actor Bonnie Bartlett is 92 years old. Actor James Tolkan is 90 years old. Director Stephen Frears is 80 years old. Singer-songwriter Brian Wilson is 79 years old. Actor John McCook is 77 years old. Singer Anne Murray is 76 years old. TV personality Bob Vila is 75 years old. Musician Andre Watts is 75 years old. Actor Candy Clark is 74 years old. Producer Tina Sinatra is 73 years old. R&B singer Lionel Richie is 72 years old. Actor John Goodman is 69 years old. Rock musician Michael Anthony is 67 years old. Pop musician John Taylor is 61 years old. Rock musician Mark degli Antoni is 59 years old. Christian rock musician Jerome Fontamillas (Switchfoot) is 54 years old. Actor Nicole Kidman is 54 years old. Country / bluegrass singer-musician Dan Tyminski is 54 years old. Director Robert Rodriguez is 53 years old. Actor Peter Paige is 52 years old. Rock singer Chino Moreno (Deftones) is 48 years old. Country-folk singer-songwriter Amos Lee is 44 years old. Country singer Chuck Wicks is 42 years old. Actor Tika Sumpter is 41 years old. Country musician Chris Thompson (The Eli Young Band) is 41 years old. Actor-singer Alisan Porter is 40 years old. Christian Rock musician Chris Dudley (Underoath) is 38 years old. Rock singer G race Potter (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals) is 38 years old. Actor Mark Saul is 36 years old. Actor Dreama Walker is 35 years old. Actor Maria Lark is 24 years old.