June 19 This Day in History

June 19, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

1862 – President Abraham Lincoln outlined his Emancipation Proclamation.

1867 – Emperor Maximilian was executed in Mexico.

1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.

1910 – Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Washington.

1917 – The British royal family adopted the name of Windsor to replace Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. King Georg V made the name change to disassociate the royal family from its German origins.

1934 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created.

1947 – Representatives of 22 European nations met at the invitation of the British and French foreign ministers to participate in the design of the Marshall Plan for rebuilding war-torn Europe.

1952 – Television’s popular “I’ve Got a Secret” premiered.

1953 – Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, were executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York.

1978 – The comic strip “Garfield,” by Jim Davis, first appeared.

1984 – Michael Jordan signed with the Chicago Bulls.

1987 – The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to teach creationism science as well.

1996 – A vast freshwater lake 2.5 mi under the ice of Antarctica was discovered. The lake covers 5,000 sq mi and is kept from freezing by the friction of the ice and by heat radiating from the earth’s core.

Notable Births

  • 1623 – Blaise Pascal, French physicist, mathematician, author, religious philosopher.
  • 1902 – Guy (Gaetano) Lombardo, Canadian-born American dance-band leader.
  • 1903 – (Henry Louis) Lou Gehrig, American professional baseball great.
  • 1947 – Salman Rushdie, Anglo-Indian novelist.
  • 1954 – Kathleen Turner, American actress.
  • 1962 – Paula Abdul, American singer.

Notable Deaths

  • 1937 – Sir James Barrie, Scottish dramatist and novelist who wrote “Peter Pan”.
  • 1966 – Ed Wynn (born Isaiah Edwin Leopold), American comedian and actor.
    • I’ve found a formula for avoiding these exaggerated fears of age; you take care of every day – let the calendar take care of the years. 
  • 1997 – Bobby Helms, American singer.

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