On This Day: June 19th

This is 171st day of the year and 195 days remain in the year.

in history
Congress abolished slavery in the U.S. territories.
Gen. Gordon Granger informed the citizens of Galveston, Tex., that the slaves were freed. The celebration of the day became known as Juneteenth.
The first running of the Belmont Stakes.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved.

Pope Paul VI proclaimed John Neumann, the first male saint from the United States.
The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to teach creationism as well.
Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai was sworn in.
June 19 BirthdaysLou Gehrig1903–41, American baseball player, born in New York City.
Guy Lombardoband leader
Daw Aung San Suu Kyihuman rights activist
Kathleen Turneractress
Blaise Pascalscientist and religious philosopher

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Note: Dates in the Islamic calendar are provided for planning purposes only, and calculated with the hdate Islamic calendar program for moonrise in Boston, Masschusetts. Depending on your location and other factors, this result may differ from actual religious observances by one day. Please consult your local religious authority for any religious determinations of hejiric date.