Tuesday, June 19, 2012


June 19
1862:Congress abolished slavery in the U.S. territories.
1865:Gen. Gordon Granger informed the citizens of Galveston, Tex., that the slaves were freed. The celebration of the day became known as Juneteenth.
1867:The first running of the Belmont Stakes.
1934:The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created.
1964:The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved.
1977:Pope Paul VI proclaimed John Neumann, the first male saint from the United States.

2002:Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai was sworn in.
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