Today is Friday, June 19th. It’s National Onion Rings Day, World Rainforest Day, Chocolate Eclair Day, National HVAC Tech Day, Take Your Cat to Work Day, Worldwide VW Beetle Day, World Camel Day, National Limoncello Day and International Fangirl Day
There are 12 days until the 4th of July
There are 77 days until Labor Day
Today is the day that…
— in 1844, the fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon is founded at Yale University
— in 1870, Congress creates the Department of Justice
— in 1934, gangster John Dillinger is informally named America’s first Public Enemy Number One
— in 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt signs the “GI Bill of Rights”
— in 1953, Cyndi Lauper is born in Astoria, Queens, New York
— in 1955, Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp premieres in theaters
— in 1963, “Little” Stevie Wonder, aged 13, releases his first single “Fingertips” (the first live non-studio recording to go to number 1 on Billboard)
— in 1968, The Jeff Beck Group, with Rod Stewart as lead singer, plays America for the first time at a show in New York
— in 1969, Aretha Franklin is arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance
— also in 1969, Judy Garland dies at the age of 47 after a long battle with drug and alcohol abuse
— in 1970, President Richard Nixon signs an extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which requires the voting age to be 18 in all federal, state, and local elections
— also in 1970, a Who concert in Atlanta is delayed after Pete Townshend, frustrated waiting to take off in Memphis, jokes about planting a bomb on the airplane, resulting in a search of the plane.
— in 1974, 15-year old Madonna goes to her first concert: David Bowie at Cobo Arena in Detroit. Said Madonna: “I recognized myself in him somehow and he gave me license to dream a different future for myself.”
— in 1979, Neil Young releases his highly lauded live album, Rust Never Sleeps
— in 1981, John McEnroe’s famous “You cannot be serious” rant occurs in a first-round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon
— also in 1981, Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to the murder of John Lennon six months earlier and is sentenced to 20 years-to-life in prison
— in 1987, Fred Astaire dies of pneumonia at the age of 88
— in 1990, Billy Joel becomes the first rock act to play at Yankee Stadium when he performs at the first of two sellout shows
— in 1993, Liz Phair releases her debut album, Exile In Guyville, a track-by-track response to The Rolling Stones’ 1972 album, Exile On Main St.
— in 2011, After hiding for sixteen years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California
— also in 2011, Glen Campbell’s wife, Kim Woollen, announces that the singer has Alzheimer’s disease
— in 2015, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds in wake of killings in a Charleston church
— and in 2019, President Trump spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders is asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia over her support of Trump’s policies
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