What Happened on June 19

Significant Events

  • 1829 Sir Robert Peel introduces the Metropolitan Police Act 1829 into Parliament to establish a unified police force for London
  • 1862 Slavery outlawed in US territories
  • 1944 World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet
  • 1991 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrenders to police
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June 19 in Sport

  • 2000 Tiger Woods wins golf's US Open by 15 shots, a record for all majors, with a US Open to-par record score of -12

Did You Know?

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

On June 19, 1846

Would You Believe?

The British Royal Family, which has had strong German ties since George I, renounces its German names and titles and adopts the name of Windsor

On June 19, 1917

Famous Weddings

  • 1369 Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy marries Margaret 111 Countess of Flanders
  • 1843 Philosopher Karl Marx (25) weds Jenny von Westphalen in Germany
  • 1850 Swedish/Norwegian crown prince Charles weds Dutch princess Wilhelmina
  • 1886 US President William Taft (28) weds Helen Herron (25) in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1942 Actress Marilyn Monroe (16) marries first husband James Dougherty (21), a policeman

Famous Divorces

  • 2009 "Malcolm in the Middle" actress Jane Kaczmarek (53) divorces actor Bradley Whitford (49) after 16 years of marriage
  • 2010 Backup dancer Dean Sheremet (29) divorces Grammy Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes (27) after nearly eight years of marriage
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