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On this day in history - June 19

What Happened On This Day – June 19

  • 2002 Steve Fossett takes off on his record-breaking balloon flight

    The American adventurer lifted off from Northam in Western Australia to commence history's first solo flight around the world in any aircraft. On July 3, after having traveled 33,195 km (20,626 mi), he touched down again in Queensland, Australia.

  • 1987 An ETA car bomb kills 21 in Barcelona

    The 1987 Hipercor bombing was one of the bloodiest attacks by Basque separatist organization, Euskadi Ta Askatasuna or ETA.

  • 1978 Garfield, the lazy cat makes his debut

    The first Garfield comic strip by Jim Davis appeared in 41 newspapers on that day. It currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.

  • 1964 The U.S. Senate passes the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    18 Senators unsuccessfully launched a filibuster to prevent passage of the law against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Richard Russel stated, “We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our (Southern) states.” The bill was signed into law on July 2, 1964.

  • 1913 South Africa implements the Natives Land Act

    The law limited the areas of land that could be owned by black people to “native reserve” areas, which comprised less than 10 percent of the country's total area. It was in force until Apartheid was dismantled in the 1990s.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
June 19

  • 1978 Dirk Nowitzki

    German basketball player

  • 1964 Boris Johnson

    British politician

  • 1947 Salman Rushdie

    Indian author

  • 1945 Aung San Suu Kyi

    Burmese politician, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1861 José Rizal

    Filipino polymath

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Deaths On This Day,
June 19

  • 2013 James Gandolfini

    American actor

  • 1993 William Golding

    English author, poet, playwright, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1991 Jean Arthur

    American actress

  • 1937 J. M. Barrie

    Scottish author, playwright

  • 1312 Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall

    English nobleman