June 19th in history:

The holiday called “Juneteenth” resulted from an event in Galveston, Texas, on June 19th, 1865. Two months after the end of the Civil War, it was announced in Galveston that all slaves in Texas were being granted their freedom. Five years later, on June 19th, 1870, the “Confederate States of America” was officially abolished, after all the Confederate states had rejoined the Union.

Fathers were put on a pedestal with a holiday of their own, when a “Father’s Day” celebration was observed for the first time at a church in Spokane, Washington, on this day in 1910.

June 19th is the birthday of an American idol, baseball star Lou Gehrig (1903), and an original “American Idol” judge, Paula Abdul (1962).


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