Tuesday, June 19, 2012

19th of June

Today is the 170th day of the year, with only 195 days remaining.

1269 - King Louis IX of France orders all Jews found in public without an identifying yellow badge to be fined ten livres of silver.

1586 - English colonists leave Roanoke Island, after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in North America.

1846 - The first officially recorded, organized baseball match is played under Alexander Cartwright's rules on Hoboken, New Jersey's Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club, defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1.  Cartwright was the umpire.

1862 - Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott VS. Sandford.

1865 - Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 13 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.

1870 - After all the southern states are formally readmitted to the United States, the Confederate States of America ceases to exist.

1910 - The first Father's Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

1953 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York.

1961 - Kuwait declares its independence from the United Kingdom.

1978 - Garfield, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut.

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