Today's History Trivia for June 19
1865 Civil War - Juneteenth - Slaves in Texas are Freed News of the end of the Civil War reaches Galveston, Texas. Along with the Emancipation Proclamation, this freed the slaves. This event is celebrated yearly in the Texas area.
1993 Largest one-time gift to private education in American history Walter Annenberg - who made his fortune from TV Guide - announces his donation of $365 million in cash to four private schools.
1992 Founder of the Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa, is shot five times while in a taxi.
1992 Batman Returns premiers.
1988 World record for shaving Denny Rowe shaves 1,994 men in 1 hour. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1986 First FBI Agent Convicted of Espionage Richard W. Miller for passing a classified document to the Soviets. He was given a life sentence.
1978 Garfield The fat cat debuts in 40 newspapers; by May 1981 it was appearing in over 500.
1977 First American male saint Roman Catholic Bishop John Nepomucene Neumann (1811-60) is canonized.
1973 Pete Rose and Willie Davis make their 2,000th career hits.
1953 First U.S. citizens executed for treason during peace time and the first married couple executed together in the U.S.: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They were convicted - in a controversial trial - of selling top secret information to the Soviets.
1946 First televised heavyweight boxing championship fight Joe Louis successfully defending his title against Billy Conn, broadcast by WNBT of New York City.
1939 First major U.S. city to ban pinball Atlanta, Georgia imposes a fine of $20 and 30 days of public work.
1934 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is created. Its function is to regulate radio and television.
1930 First championship boxing match decided on a foul Max Schmeling is awarded the heavyweight championship after Jack Sharkey had fouled him in the 4th round of their fight on June 12 at the New York City Polo Grounds. Source: Famous First Facts
1905 First motion picture theater (dedicated exclusively to the showing of motion pictures) opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1867 First running of the Belmont Stakes Ruthless, ridden by J. Gilpatrick, wins.
1846 First baseball game played under modern rules The New York Baseball Club beats the New York Knickerbocker Club (23-1) at Hoboken, New Jersey. Source: Famous First Facts
Today's Birthdays for June 19
1962 Paula Abdul American singer, dancer. TV: American Idol (judge).
1954 Kathleen Turner American actress. Film: Body Heat (1981), Romancing the Stone (1984), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and War of the Roses (1989). TV: The Doctors (Nola Aldrich).
1953 Larry Dunn American keyboardist, with Earth, Wind & Fire. Music: Shining Star (1975, #1, Grammy), Best of My Love (1977, #1), and After the Love has Gone (1979, #2, Grammy).
1950 Ann Wilson American singer, with Heart. Music: Barracuda (1978) and Dog & Butterfly (1978).
1948 Phylicia Rashad American actress, Clair Huxtable of The Cosby Show.
1947 Salman Rushdie British author. His book The Satanic Verses prompted the Ayatollah Khomeini to place a $1,000,000 bounty on his life in 1989.
1930 Gena Rowlands (Virginia Cathryn Rowlands), American Emmy-winning actress. Film: A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Opening Night (1978, Berlin Film Festival Best Actress).
1915 Pat Buttram d. 1994 (Maxwell Emmett Buttram), American actor. TV: The Gene Autry Show (Gene's sidekick) and Green Acres (Mr. Haney).
1914 Lester Raymond Flatt d. 1979 American bluegrass singer, with Earl Scruggs, Foggy Mountain Breakdown (1948), and the themes for The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction.
1905 Mildred Natwick d. 1994 American Emmy-winning actress. TV: The Snoop Sisters (Gwendolyn Snoop). Film: Barefoot in the Park (1967, Ethel Banks).
1903 Henry Louis Gehrig d. 1941 American Baseball Hall of Famer (1939). Record holder for the most consecutive games played (2,130 from 1925-39) and for the most major-league grand slams (23). He died of the disease which now bears his name.
1902 Anna M. Rosenberg d. 1983 Hungarian-born American government official. She was the first woman awarded the Medal of Freedom (1945).
1896 Wallis Warfield Simpson d. 1986 Duchess of Windsor, American divorcee, for whom King Edward VIII in 1936 abdicated his throne to marry. Famous quote: “A woman can't be too rich or too thin.”
1881 Jimmy Walker d. 1946 American politician, New York Mayor (1925-32), nicknamed Beau James. He hosted the first regularly scheduled TV program (1931). He resigned as mayor after corruption in his administration was exposed.
1877 Charles Coburn d. 1961 American Oscar-winning actor. Film: The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) and The More the Merrier (1943, Oscar).
1856 Elbert Hubbard d. 1915 American author, artist, philosopher, founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He and his wife died in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. Quote: "Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit." Quote: "A woman will doubt everything you say except it be compliments to herself."
1623 Blaise Pascal d. 1662 French mathematician, philosopher, physicist, one of the founders of the theory of probability and designed a mechanical computer, although it was never built.
1566 James I d. 1625 King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1603-25), in 1604 he commissioned the creation of the King James Bible (completed in 1611).
Deaths for June 19
1997 Bobby Helms b. 1933 American country singer. Music: Jingle Bell Rock (1957), Fraulein (1956, #1), and My Special Angel (1957, #1).
1993 Sir William Golding b. 1911 British Nobel-winning author. Writings: Lord of the Flies (1954) and Rights of Passage (1980).
1991 Jean Arthur b. 1900 (Gladys Greene), American actress, Film: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). TV: The Jean Arthur Show.
1977 Geraldine Brooks b. 1925 (Geraldine Stroock), American actress. TV: Bonanza (Adam's mother Elizabeth).
1966 Ed Wynn b. 1886 (Isaiah Edwin Leopold), American comedian. He starred in the Ziegfeld Follies (1914), was the Texaco Fire Chief (1932-39), and won the first Most Outstanding Live Personality Emmy (1949).
1956 Thomas John Watson Sr b. 1874 American businessman. He took control of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. (1914) and turned it into the international-giant IBM.
1953 Julius Rosenberg b. 1918 American traitor. He and his wife Ethel became the first U.S. citizens executed for treason during peace time. They had been convicted of selling top secret information to the Soviets.
1953 Ethel Rosenberg b. 1915 American traitor. She and her husband Julius became the first U.S. citizens executed for treason during peace time. They had been convicted of selling top secret information to the Soviets.
1937 James Matthew Barrie b. 1860 Scottish author. Writings: Peter Pan (1904).
1811 Samuel Chase b. 1741 American Revolutionary leader, signer of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Supreme Court justice.
1794 Richard Henry Lee b. 1732 12th president of the Continental Congress (1784-85) and signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.