June 19 in History
1863June 19, 1863:
On what would become known as Juneteenth, African-American slaves in Texas are informed that slavery has been abolished and they have become free men and women.
1867June 19, 1867:
Ferdinand Maximilian, the Emperor of Mexico, is executed by a firing squad as ordered by the Mexican Republic President, Benito Juarez.
1953June 19, 1953:
Former US Army Signal Corps engineer Julius Rosenberg and his wife, Ethel are executed by electric chair for espionage.
1961June 19, 1961:
Kuwait becomes an independent state recognized by Great Britain.
1977June 19, 1977:
MLB manager and former outfielder Frank Robinson is fired by the Cleveland Indians.
2005June 19, 2005:
Michael Schumacher wins a controversy-riddled Formula One race which 14 drivers withdrew from.
2010June 19, 2010:
Singer LeAnn Rimes and backup dancer Dean Sheremet finalize their divorce.
2013June 19, 2013:
A heart attack claims the life of actor James Gandolfini of “The Sopranos” television series fame in Rome.
2014June 19, 2014:
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is first premiered in Hong Kong.
2016June 19, 2016:
LeBron James leads the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA championship in a finals victory over the Golden State Warriors.