June 19 in Pop Culture History

June 19 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

June 19 History Highlights

  • 1862 – The U.S. Congress prohibited slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.
  • 1941 – Cheerie Oats, later renamed Cheerios, was invented.
  • 1960 – The first NASCAR race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.
  • June 19, 19** Birthday (fictional) Garfield, Comic Strip
  • If you were born on June 19th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 26th (prior year)


Juneteenth is a day to celebrate the freedom of African Americans who were enslaved in America. It originated back on June 19th, 1865 when Union soldiers arrived at Galveston and learned that slavery had ended two years earlier. Formerly enslaved people in Galveston, Texas celebrated after the announcement of their freedom. The following year they organized what became the annual celebration on June 19th called “Jubilee Day.”

Early Juneteenth celebrations were used as political rallies to give voting instructions to newly freed slaves and inform them about how life would be different now that they couldn’t be sold or whipped for being disobedient. This celebration has been happening for decades now throughout the United States, officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states

June 19 is…

Martini Day
Sauntering Day

June 19 Birthday Quotes

“Keep laughing. As long as you’re laughing, you still have hope.”
– Moe Howard

“Talent is only half of it. It’s the perseverance, the stick-to-itness, and undying belief in yourself.”
– Paula Abdul

“I never see my movies. When they’re on television, I click them away. Hollywood created an image, and I long ago reconciled myself with it. I was the French cliche.”
– Louis Jourdan

“… today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
– Lou Gehrig ( his farewell speech)

“It’s ok to say, ‘this is what I want’ and go after it.”
– Zoe Saldana

“As artists, we do the work that we do. Receiving an award or not receiving an award in no way diminishes one’s talent or value.”
– Phylicia Rashad

“Fortunately for the human race, pain, however piercing, is not a lasting emotion. The recollection of happiness lingers, but the consciousness never retains for long the first thrust of tragic loss. The details of daily life crowd in upon the mind.”
– Wallis Simpson

June 19 Birthdays

1896 – Wallis Simpson, American wife of Edward VIII (died in 1986)
1897 – Moe Howard, American comedic actor, Stooge (died in 1975)
1903 – Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (died in 1941)
1921 – Louis Jourdan, French-American actor and singer (died in 2015)
1930 – Gena Rowlands, American character actress
1938 – Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and wrestler (died in 2002)
1948 – Phylicia Rashad, American actress
1954 – Kathleen Turner, American actress
1962 – Paula Abdul, American singer, dance, presenter
1972 – Robin Tunney, American actress
1978 – Zoe Saldana, American actress
1983 – Macklemore, American rapper
1984 – Paul Dano, American actor

June 19 History

325 – The original Nicene Creed is adopted at the First Council of Nicaea

June 19, 548 (fiction) Hank Morgan appeared at King Authur’s Court, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Book

1586(?) – English colonists leave Roanoke Island and disappeared. The only clue found was the word “CROATOAN” carved into a tree.

1718 (Earthquake) Gansu, China

1846 – The first officially recorded, organized baseball game was played under Alexander Cartwright’s rules on Hoboken, New Jersey’s Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1.

1862 – The US Congress prohibited slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.

1867 – The first running of the Belmont Stakes horserace in the US, the oldest of the three American horse races that constitute the Triple Crown.

1905 – The first nickelodeon theater opened in Pittsburgh, PA.

1910 – The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

1949 – The first-ever NASCAR race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

1952 – I’ve Got A Secret premiered on CBS

1953Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for spying for the Soviet Union, at Sing Sing, in New York.

1961 #1 Hit June 19, 1961 – June 25, 1961: Pat Boone – Moody River

1965 #1 Hit June 19, 1965 – June 25, 1965: Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)

1971 #1 Hit June 19, 1971 – July 23, 1971: Carole King – It’s Too Late / I Feel the Earth Move

June 19, 19** Birthday (fictional) Garfield, Comic strip started in 1978

1978 – Broadway Show – The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Musical) June 19, 1978

June 19, 2009 – The Apple iPhone GS was released.

2010 #1 Hit June 19, 2010 – July 30, 2010: Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg – California Gurls

2011Falling Skies premiered on TNT

2012 – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requested asylum in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy for fear of extradition to the US after the publication of previously classified documents.

2018 – Inventor Joseph Marron and patent assignee Raytheon Company received the United States patent #10,000,000 for a “Coherent LADAR Using Intra-Pixel Quadrature Detection,” which improves laser detection and ranging (LADAR).

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

A group of Crabs is called a Cast.

“Hold me closer Tony Danza” #misunderstoodlyrics

“Got a light skin friend look like Michael Jackson got a dark-skinned friend look like Michael Jackson.” #songlyrics

Sobhuza II (July 22, 1899 – August 21, 1982) became king of Swaziland when he was four months old, and reigned for the remaining 82 years of his life.

“Always fast food. Fast food. Things that people would rather throw out than finish. It’s easy, it tastes alright, but it doesn’t really provide you any nourishment. I’m fast food.” – Dave Spritz in The Weather Man #moviequotes

The low frequency of a purr is about 26 Hertz on average for a domestic cat.

“Starships were meant to fly!” #songlyrics

Snorkels cannot be much longer than 16 in (40 cm) because your lung muscles cannot operate against the water pressure to inhale at depth.

Worldwide, more than 10% of marriages are between first or second cousins.

Useless Pronunciation: A as in are

John Knoll, one of the inventors of Photoshop, also wrote Star Wars Rogue One.

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