June 19th

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.
Steve Fossett
2000
Tiger Woods wins golf's US Open by 15 shots, a record for all majors, with a US Open to-par record score of -12.
2000 U.S. Open (golf)
1991
Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrenders to police.
Pablo Escobar
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.
1987 Hipercor bombing
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.
Garfield
1977
Pope Paul VI proclaimed John Neumann, the first male saint from the United States.
John Neumann
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.
Civil Rights Act of 1964
1944
World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet.
Battle of the Philippine Sea
1934
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created.
Federal Communications Commission
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.
Natives Land Act, 1913
1867
The first running of the Belmont Stakes.
Belmont Stakes
1865
Gen. Gordon Granger informed the citizens of Galveston, Tex., that the slaves were freed. The celebration of the day became known as Juneteenth.
History of slavery in Texas
1862
Congress abolished slavery in the U.S. territories.
Emancipation Proclamation
1829
Robert Peel founds the London Metropolitan Police (Bobbies).
Metropolitan Police Act 1829