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06-19-2012, 11:42 AM
Lead Story
Rosenbergs executed, 1953
Controversy at U.S. Grand Prix, 2005
Civil War
USS Kearsarge sinks CSS Alabama, 1864
Cold War
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed, 1953
A bloody fingerprint elicits a mother's evil tale in Argentina, 1892
Montana flood causes train wreck, 1938
General Interest
First Republican national convention ends, 1856
CSS Alabama sinks off coast of France, 1864
Emperor of Mexico executed, 1867
First nickelodeon opens, 1905
Nathanael West's A Cool Million is published, 1934
Carole King has her first #1 hit as a performer, 1970
Old West
Father De Smet talks peace with Sitting Bull, 1868
Taft marries Helen Herron, 1886
Curt Flood case decided, 1972
Vietnam War
Ky becomes premier of South Vietnam, 1965
South Vietnamese president signs general mobilization bill, 1968
World War I
Britain's King George V changes royal surname, 1917
World War II
United States scores major victory against Japanese in Battle of the Philippine Sea, 1944


06-19-2012, 06:47 PM
1865 - General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston and issued a proclamation announcing that slavery had been aboloished and that all slaves in Texas were free. This day is referred to as "Juneteenth."

1890 - Larry Chittenden's "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball" was first published in the Anson "Texas Western."


Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday of notable significance for many African Americans. June 19, 1865, highlights the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas, marking a historic moment in American history and the culmination of President Abraham Lincolnís Emancipation Proclamation that was written three years prior.