Today in History

1862 Slavery outlawed in US territories

1865 Union General Gordon Granger declares slaves are free in Texas, now the date the end of slavery is celebrated across the US as Juneteenth

1900 Republican Party nominates President William McKinley for re-election, but chooses a new candidate for Vice-President, Theodore Roosevelt

1910 Father’s Day celebrated for 1st time (Spokane, Washington)

1934 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created

1944 Five of the “The Magnificent Eleven” photos taken by Robert Capa during the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy first published in “Life Magazine”

1961 US Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland’s constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God

1964 Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, home of the famous horticulturist, is designated a National Historical Landmark in Santa Rosa, California

1991 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrenders to police

2017 First full genetic study of cats published in “Nature Ecology and Evolution”, reveals domesticated 9,000 years ago, descended from one species (African wildcat)

2017 Bexit negotiations begin between United Kingdom and the European Union in Brussels

2018 General Electric is dropped form the Dow Jones Index, the last original member from 1907

Movies & TV

1952 “I’ve Got A Secret” debuts on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host

1956 Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end partnership after 16 films

1973 “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” stage production first opens in London

1992 “Batman Returns”, starring Michael Keaton as Batman, Danny Devito as the Penguin, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, is released

2009 “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox is released

2015 Pixar’s animated film “Inside Out” is released with voices by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling

Sports

1846 First offically recognized baseball game (played by Cartwright Rules) - NY Nines 23 defeat Knickerbockers 1 at Hoboken, New Jersey

1989 Barry Switzer resigns as head coach of Oklahoma’s football team

Birthdays

1903 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), born in NYC, New York (d. 1941)

1978 Garfield the Cat, animated character “Big fat hairy deal”

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