ON THIS DAY: June 19, 2017

June 19th is

Cherry Garcia Day *

Garfield the Cat Day *

National Watch Day

National Martini Day

Sauntering Day *

World Sickle Cell Day *

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict *

MORE! Blaise Pascal, Shirley Muldowney and Abe Fortas, click



Bermuda – National Heroes’ Day

Cambodia – Norodom Monineath Holiday
(Queen Mother’s birthday)

North Korea – Kim Jong II’s Entry to the KWP
(Korean Worker’s Party – sole governing party)

Trinidad and Tobago – Labour Day

Uruguay – José Artigas Day & Día del Nunca Más
(“father of the nation”/Never More Day – against military dictatorship)

United States – Texas: Juneteenth
(1865 – news of abolition of slavery reaches slaves in Texas)

On This Day in HISTORY

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

1306 – The English Earl of Pembroke’s army defeats Robert the Bruce’s Scottish army at the Battle of Methven, a village west of Perth

1464 – French King Louis XI restricts the postal service of the University of Paris, and takes charge of their post stations, intending to reserve the post system for the use of the State only, but private correspondence gradually begins to be carried, although it is opened and read to prevent the spread of unauthorized ideas

1586 – Ralph Lane, the first English colonists’ leader at Roanoke Island, N.C., decides after several set-backs, including a three-day hurricane, to load his men aboard ships in Sir Francis Drake’s fleet, which arrived at Roanoke earlier in June, returning to England

1588 – The Spanish Armada is damaged in a storm at Coruna

1623 – Blaise Pascal born, French mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher

1783 – Thomas Sully born, American portrait painter

The Coleman Sisters, 1844, by Thomas Sully

1816 – William Henry Webb born, American naval architect and shipbuilder

Clipper Challenger, designed by William Henry Webb

1856 – Elbert Hubbard born, American editor-publisher and author; founder of the Roycroft artisan community, influential in the American Arts and Crafts Movement

1856 – Elisabeth Marbury born, pioneering American theatrical and literary agent whose clients included Oscar Wilde, James M. Barrie, George Bernard Shaw, Edmond Rostand, dancers Vernon and Irene Castle, and children’s author Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden)

1862 – U.S. Congress enacts legislation emancipating slaves in the territories and banning slavery there hereafter

1885 – Adela Pankhurst born, British suffragette, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, head of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU); after she moved to Australia in 1913, she broke with her mother’s policy of supporting the WWI British war effort, and made anti-war and anti-conscription speeches

1900 – Laura Hobson born, American novelist and short story writer

1902 – Guy Lombardo born in Canada, American dance-band leader

1910 – Paul Flory born, American chemist, 1974 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

1910 – Father’s Day is celebrated for the first time in Spokane WA

1910 – Abe Fortas born, American lawyer; Supreme Court justice (1965-1969)

1912 – The U.S government adopted the 8-hour work day

1912 – Virginia MacWatters born, American soprano

1917 – During WWI, King George V changes the British royal family’s German surname, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, to Windsor

1934 – The Federal Communications Commission is created

1940 – Shirley Muldowney born, American race car driver; first woman licensed by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to drive a Top Fuel Dragster; first 3-time winner of Top Fuel titles (1977, 1980 and 1982)

1945 – Aung San Sun Kyi born, Burmese politician and activist, Chair of the National League for Democracy, recipient of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and the Nobel Peace Prize

1952 – The game show I’ve Got A Secret debuts on CBS-TV

1961 – U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a provision in Maryland’s constitution requiring state officeholders to profess a belief in God

1962 – Nat “King” Cole records “Ramblin’ Rose

1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate

1968 – The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” is #1 in the UK

1978 – The first appearance of Garfield the Cat * – in the comic strip by Jim Davis

1979 – Sauntering Day * is created by W.T. Rabe in response to the jogging craze; a remember to slow down – as Henry David Thoreau said, “It is a great art to saunter”

1987 – U.S. Supreme Court declares unconstitutional a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to teach creation science as well

1987 – Cherry Garcia Day * – Ben & Jerry Ice Cream introduce their popular Cherry Garcia flavor

1993 – Rod Stewart’s “Have I Told You Lately” is #1 on the charts

2000 – U.S Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, bars officials from letting students lead stadium crowds in prayer before football games

2008 – Democrat Barack Obama announces he will bypass public financing for the presidential election, even though Republican John McCain was accepting it

2008 – The first World Sickle Cell Day * is established by the UN General Assembly to raise awareness of the disease and its cure

2015 – International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict * is proclaimed by the UN General Assembly, commemorating the adoption in 2008 of Resolution 1820, “to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, including by ending impunity and by ensuring the protection of civilians, in particular women and girls, during and after armed conflicts, in accordance with the obligations States have undertaken under international humanitarian law and international human rights law”


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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: June 19, 2017

  1. ann summers says:


  2. wordcloud9 says:

    Thanks Ann!

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