Today In History June 19
June 19 is the 170th day of the year 2020 (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 195 days remain until the end of the year. Juneteenth (a Portmanteau of June and nineteenth)also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day) is an unofficial American holiday celebrated annually on June 19th in the United States. June 19 has its importance in world history. It’s truly said by Karl Marx, “Revolutions are the locomotives of history”. Let’s take a look at what June 19 holds in history.
June 19, 1865:
There’s more than one Independence Day in the United States. In Galveston, Texas, upon the arrival of Union troops, Major General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 “The people of Texas were informed that, by a proclamation from the Executive of the United States [President Lincoln], all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and property rights between former masters and slaves.” As a result, an estimated 250,000 enslaved African Americans in Texas were finally freed. The day is now celebrated as Juneteenth to commemorate Emancipation and to recognize the struggle for freedom and equality of African Americans.
June 19, 1953:
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were by electrocution at Sing Sing Prison in New York. They had been found guilty of providing vital information on the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union during 1944-45. They were the first U.S. civilians to be sentenced to death for espionage and were also the only married couple ever executed together in the U.S.
On 19th June, on which numerous events occurred and it’ll be difficult to believe that many such types of events took place on this day alone. Starting from several political developments to many gory wars the history books have a lot to tell about this fateful day. Some interesting achievements on June 18, 1952, the United States Army Special Forces, the elite unit of fighters known as the Green Berets, was established at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The celebrity-panel game show “I’ve Got a Secret” debuted on CBS-TV. Also, the dangerous event occurs in the year1944, during World War II, the two-day Battle of the Philippine Sea began, resulting in a decisive victory for the Americans over the Japanese, which is almost known to all happened the same day. Some of the most devastating and deadly natural calamities as well as man-made catastrophes also occurred on this day.