Welcome to another bright day in June. There’s always something or the other happening around the world. The world, being so large, has witnessed infinite inventions, innovations, achievements, and other milestones in the past. You can do something amazing today, and maybe it is something that we write about in Today in History in the coming years. We, at Brag Social, try to keep you updated with all the happenings of the past and present. Let’s read about the historical milestones of June 19. Today, we have, June 19 – Statue of Liberty arrived and more…
1846: First officially recognized baseball game
The first officially recognized baseball game was played by Cartwright Rules – NY Nines 23 defeat Knickerbockers 1 at Hoboken, New Jersey. There were reports about the New York Knickerbockers playing games in 1845, but officially, it was organized in 1846.
1862: Slavery outlawed in US territories
This was the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln prohibiting slavery in all current and future United States territories by the Congress. Slaves in the District of Columbia were freed on April 16, 1862.
1865: Union General Gordon Granger declared slaves are free in Texas
Since the declaration of the Emancipation Proclamation had been made in the middle of the war, it was not until the final victory of the Union government in mid-1865 that many slaves in former Confederate states were granted their final freedom. Now, the date of the end of slavery is celebrated across the US as Juneteenth.
1885: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York City from France
The Statue of Liberty arrived at Bedloe’s Island in New York harbor. It was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. It was gifted to commemorate the Franco-American alliance during the American Revolution and also to celebrate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. It was shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases.
1963: Soviet cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, becomes the first woman in space
Valentina Tereshkova, a cosmonaut from the Soviet Union, became the first woman to fly to space when she launched on the Vostok 6 mission. She spent almost three days in space and orbited Earth 48 times in her space capsule Vostok 6.
1968: Over 50,000 people march on Washington, D.C. to support the Poor People’s Campaign
This campaign was also known as the Poor People’s March. It was a political campaign that culminated in a demonstration held in Washington D.C. The participants demanded the government to formulate a plan to help redress the employment and housing problems of the poor throughout the United States.