Hello. Welcome to your weekend.
On Saturday mornings we like to start the day in a lighter way, with a “scroll down memory lane.” It’s just a little peek back at some of the big events that happened on this date in the pages of history.
So, grab your favorite morning sippin’ drink and lets see what we can learn about the past before we head into our future.
Today is Saturday, June 19th, the 170th day of the year. There are 195 days until the end of the year.
On this day:
In 1846, the first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken, New Jersey.
In 1862, slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories.
In 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and that those who were enslaved were now free. The news came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which was met with resistance in Texas. The date is now known as Juneteenth or Emancipation Day. CLICK HERE FOR MORE, INLCUDING LOCAL CELEBRATIONS.
In 1911, the first motion picture censorship board was established in Pennsylvania.
In 1912, the United States government adopted the eight-hour work day.
In 1934, Congress established the Federal Communications Commission to regulate radio and, later, television.
In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved.
In 1998, Three Swiss banks offered 600-Million-dollars to settle claims filed by Holocaust survivors who said the banks stole their assets during the war.
In 2005, for the fifth time in a week, an earthquake rocked the state of California. The epicenter of the five-point-oh tremor was located off the coast about 280 miles northwest of San Francisco.
In 2010, former basketball player Manute Bol died from acute kidney failure at the age of 47. At seven feet, seven inches, the Sudanese-born Bol was one of the tallest players in the NBA.
In 2013, Emmy award winning actor James Gandolfini died at the age of 51. Gandolfini was best known for playing mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO’s award-winning series “The Sopranos.”
In 2016, Lebron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA championship, ending the city’s 52-year major sports championship drought. The Cavs became the first team in league history to erase a 3-to-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, with a Game Seven win over the Golden State Warriors. James was named Finals MVP.
In 2016, Anton Yelchin, who portrayed Pavel Chekov in the “Star Trek” films, died in a freak accident at the age of 27. He was pinned between his Jeep Grand Cherokee and a brick pillar outside his California home, crushing his lungs.
In 2019, the U.S. Navy briefed senators about a possible UFO sighting.
And that lands us here On This Day. So, whatever events your 6.19.2021 holds, here’s hoping that it’s full of moments to remember in years to come.
Thanks for stopping by.