Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Today in History....June 19

On this day in …


* 1862, slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories

* 1865, Union troops commanded by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over, and that all slaves were free. (This event is celebrated as "Juneteenth.")

* 1910, Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Wash.

* 1917, during World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames; the family took the name "Windsor."

* 1934, the Federal Communications Commission was created; it replaced the Federal Radio Commission

* 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved by the Senate, 73-27, after surviving a lengthy filibuster (GOPers pushed it
through)

* 2002, a suicide bomber, a practitioner of that "religion of peace", killed seven Israelis on a Jerusalem bus in the second deadly attack in the Holy city in two days. ALSO: The space shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth with one Russian and two American crewmen who'd spent 6 1/2 months aboard the international space station

* 2006, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned North Korea it would face consequences if it test-fired a missile thought to be powerful enough to reach the West Coast of the United States. ALSO:
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said she would send National Guard troops and state police to patrol the streets of New Orleans after a bloody weekend in which six people were killed

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