Today is Friday, June 19th. It’s Juneteenth, National Eat An Oreo Day, National Martini Day, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, Garfield The Cat Day, National Wear BLUE Day, National Flip Flop Day, National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement, National Watch Day, National Take Back the Lunch Break Day, Stop Cyberbullying Day, Ugliest Dog Day and National Work @ Home Father’s Day
There are 2 days until Father’s Day
There are 15 days until the 4th of July
Today is the day that…
— in 1846, America’s first baseball game was played as the Nines beat the Knickerbockers 23-1
— in 1865, Juneteenth: Union army general Gordon Granger publicly reads federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas proclaiming all slaves in Texas were now free
— in 1910, Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time in Spokane, Washington
— in 1917, The British Royal Family renounces its German names and titles and adopts the name of “Windsor”
— in 1934, the Federal Communications Commission was created
— in 1941, Cheerios was invented (originally called ‘Cheerie Oats’)
— in 1950, Ann Wilson, who forms Heart with her sister Nancy, is born in San Diego, California
— in 1956, Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end their partnership after sixteen films
— in 1967, Paul McCartney admits on TV that he took LSD
— in 1971, Carole King’s album Tapestry hits #1 in the US, where it stays for 15 weeks
— in 1973, The Rocky Horror Show musical debuts at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Two years later, it starts a brief Broadway run and is adapted into the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
— in 1978, Garfield the cat, created by Jim Davis, first appears as a comic strip
— in 1986, University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, who was the second pick in the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, died from a fatal cocaine-induced seizure
— in 1987, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream announced a new ice cream flavor: Cherry Garcia, in honor of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia
— also in 1987, Mötley Crüe begin their Girls, Girls, Girls tour with a show in Tucson, Arizona. The stage show features an inflatable Harley, lots of pyro, and a contraption that spins Tommy Lee and his drum kit upside down while he plays. Whitesnake is the opening act.
— in 1991, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrenders to the police
— in 1992, “Batman Returns,” starring Michael Keaton as Batman, Danny Devito as the Penguin, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, is released
— in 1997, “Jingle Bell Rock” singer Bobby Helms dies from emphysema and asthma at age 63
— in 2000, Tiger Woods wins the U.S. Open by fifteen shots, a record for all golf majors, with a record score of 12-under
— in 2004, An audience member hurls a lollipop on stage while David Bowie is performing in Oslo, Norway. The lollipop wedges itself in David’s left eye (which already has an enlarged and frozen pupil following a childhood fight). Bowie halts the concert to remove the lollipop. Luckily, he escapes serious injury.
— in 2012, Alec Baldwin punched a photographer outside of a New York City courthouse. He and Hilaria Thomas were getting their marriage license when New York Daily News photographer Marcus Santos got too close
— in 2013, former Sopranos star James Gandolfini died from a heart attack at the age of 51
— and in 2018, Canada’s Senate votes to legalize recreational marijuana use, making Canada the first major economy to do so
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