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.
Births On This Day – June 19
1978 Dirk Nowitzki
German basketball player
1964 Boris Johnson
1947 Salman Rushdie
1945 Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese politician, Nobel Prize laureate
1861 José Rizal
Deaths On This Day – June 19
2013 James Gandolfini
1993 William Golding
English author, poet, playwright, Nobel Prize laureate
1991 Jean Arthur
1937 J. M. Barrie
Scottish author, playwright
1312 Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall