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What Happened On This Day In History?
Wednesday, June 19th 2019
Today is the 170th day of 2019. There are 195 days left in this year.
English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America.
Slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories.
Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Wash.
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.
The Federal Communications Commission was created.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg - U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union - were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y.
The Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state officeholders to profess a belief in God.
Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova returned to Earth after spending nearly three days as the first woman in space.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.
Pope Paul VI proclaimed a 19th-century Philadelphia bishop, John Neumann, the first male U.S. saint.
In a case that galvanized Asian-Americans, Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American, was beaten to death outside a nightclub in Highland Park, Mich., by autoworker Ronald Ebens.
University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, the second pick in the NBA draft, suffered a fatal cocaine-induced seizure. University of Maryland sports information director Jack Zane.
The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to teach creationism science as well.
Britain's Prince Edward married commoner Sophie Rhys-Jones in Windsor, England.
The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, barred officials from letting students lead stadium crowds in prayer before football games.
Ludwig Heinrich 'Lou' Gehrig is born in New York City. For 13 straight seasons starting in 1925 the 'Iron Horse' played for the Yankees and batted .340. He died in 1941 at age 37 of ALS, known since as Lou Gehrig's disease.