On This Day

What Happened on June 19

Important Events

  • 1306 The Earl of Pembroke's army defeats Robert the Bruce's Scottish army at the Battle of Methven
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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Jun 19 in Film & TV

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

Jun 19 in Music

Jun 19 in Sport

  • 1867 1st Belmont Stakes: Gilbert Gilpatrick aboard Ruthless wins in 3:05

Did You Know?

First officially 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

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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