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19 June, 1846 - U.S.A. First official Game of Baseball
19th June, 1846 : The first official game played under New York Knickerbockers Baseball Club rules was in 1846
in Hoboken, New Jersey, between the Knickerbockers and the New York Base Ball Club.
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19 June, 1905 - U.S.A. Nickelodeon
19th June, 1905 : The world's first nickelodeon opened showing a silent film called The Great Train Robbery the name nickelodeon was used as it cost 5 cents or a nickel to watch the movie or live vaudeville acts.
19 June, 1910 - U.S.A. Fathers Day
19th June, 1910 : The First Father's Day was celebrated for the first time in Spokane, Washington.
19 June, 1917 - UK Royal Family
19th June, 1917 : During the first World War as sentiment against Germany by the British People worsened King George V ordered the British royal family to end using the German-sounding surname, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and to take on the name Royal House of Windsor.
19 June, 1923 - Italy Mount Etna
19th June, 1923 : Walls of lava one mile wide are descending Mount Etna towards the town of Lingauglossa in Italy, the lava is travelling slowly giving time for evacuation of the area, another flow of Lava over 50ft high and a mile wide is heading for the town of Giarre with a population of 17,000 the town will be doomed as the lava will cover all buildings in the town.
19 June, 1938 - U.S.A. Train Crash
19th June, 1938 : A flood in Custer Creek in Terry, Montana washes out a bridge over the Custer Creek river used by trains and when the Olympian Special came through, it crashes into the raging waters with the loss of 46 lives.
19 June, 1953 - U.S.A. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
19th June, 1953 : Following the conviction for spying on behalf of the Soviet Union and passing U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing Prison. Spying by both sides in the 1950s
was a part of the Cold War.
19 June, 1968 - U.S.A. The Poor Peoples March
19th June, 1968 : 50,000 people participated in " The Poor Peoples March " organised by Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to address issues of economic justice. The campaign culminated on Washington, D.C. to demand economic aid be given to the poorest communities in the United States. Unlike many of Martin Luther King Jr's campaigns The Poor People’s Campaign did not focus on just poor blacks but addressed all poor people of every minority.
19 June, 1970 - UK Edward Heath New Prime Minister
19th June, 1970 : The conservative party led by Edward Heath wins in the general election. The win was considered unusual because all the opinion polls held in the few days prior to the General Election had predicted an easy win for the Labour party led by Harold Wilson.
19 June, 1975 - UK Lord Lucan
19th June, 1975 : An inquest jury decides that missing Earl Lord Lucan is found guilty of the murder of the 29-year-old nanny of his three young children. Lord Lucan has not been seen since the night the nanny Sandra Rivett died on 7 November 1974
. Lord Lucan was never found and was officially declared dead in October 1999.
19 June, 1978 - U.S.A. Garfield
19th June, 1978 : First Garfield comic strip appears 41 American newspapers.
19 June, 1980 - Iraq British Embassy Attacked
19th June, 1980 : An attack on the British embassy by attackers, armed with automatic weapons and grenades, ends when three of the attackers are shot dead by Iraqi security forces. No British embassy staff were injured during the attack.
19 June, 1999 - Great Britain Prince Edward Marries
19th June, 1999 : Prince Edward married commoner Sophie Rhys-Jones at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. Following the wedding they take the titles of His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex and Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex. Prince Edward is seventh in the line of succession to the British Throne.
19 June, 2000 - Great Britain Illegal Immigrants
19th June, 2000 : The bodies of 58 Chinese illegal immigrants have been found in the back of a Dutch-registered lorry at the English port of Dover during a routine search of the lorry. The illegal trafficking of immigrants has been increasing through British Ports as immigration rules are tightened.
19 June, 2002 - Australia Solo Round The World Balloon Flight
19th June, 2002 : Steve Fossett sets off in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom from Northam, Western Australia on his fifth attempt at flying a balloon solo around the world.
19 June, 2003 - Nigeria Oil Pipeline Blast
19th June, 2003 : More than 100 People are killed when an explosion on a vandalized pipeline is ignited by a spark from a passing motorcycle in the village of Amaokwe Oghughe. This is now the 5th explosion on state owned Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) over the last 5 years in Nigeria mostly caused by breaks in the pipeline caused by Pipeline looting "scooping" by local villagers hoping to provide additional income.
19 June, 2007 - Cuba Raul Castro's Wife Dies
19th June, 2007 : Vilma Espin, the wife of acting president of Cuba Raul Castro died at the age of seventy-seven. Espin was a figure of the Cuban revolution and headed the Cuban Women's Federation. Usually described as the first lady of Cuba, she died of an undisclosed illness that she had been battling for awhile.
19 June, 2009 - United States Billionaire Charged With Fraud
19th June, 2009 : Sir Allen Stanford, a billionaire from Texas, was charged with several accounts of fraud in an attempt to defraud investors at his bank located in Antigua. Stanford was accused of selling seven billion dollars worth of certificates of deposit and promising unrealistic returns to investors at the Stanford International Bank in Antigua. Stanford was taken into custody by police and charged with conspiracy to obstruct an investigation, obstruction of an investigation, conspiracy to commit money laundering, seven counts of wire fraud, and ten counts of mail fraud. If convicted on all charges he could face up to two-hundred and fifty years in prison.
19 June, 2010 - Sweden Celebrates Royal Wedding
19th June, 2010 : Sweden celebrated its first royal wedding since 1976 . The marriage occurred between Crown Princess Victoria and commoner. Thirty-two year old Victoria married her former personal trainer whom she met in 2002, thirty-six year old Daniel Westling. There was an extravagant ceremony attended by 1,200 guests, after which the newly married couple took the royal barge to the royal palace for a banquet.
19 June, 2011 - Somalian Prime Minister Resigns
19th June, 2011 : Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Prime Minister of Somalia, announced his resignation. Mohamed stated that he would resign in the interest of the citizens of Somalia after the president and parliament of the country agreed on a UN-sanctioned plan to kick him out of office. Much of the country is controlled by Islamist militants and it has not had an effective government since 1991.
19 June, 2012 - Popular Singer Ghazala Javed Killed
19th June, 2012 : Ghazala Javed, a popular Pakistani singer, was shot dead in the city of Peshwar along with her father. Her family stated that men broke into the singers house and murdered both Javed and her father.
19 June, 2013 - North Korea Willing to Start Talks
19th June, 2013 : North Korea has stated that it would be willing to restart nuclear talks with the international community according to China's foreign ministry. Talks between North Korea, the US, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan had been on hold since 2008
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Born: Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, June 19th, 1964, New York
Known For : Boris Johnson is the Lord Mayor of London and a former newpaper columnist who continues his articles in the Daily Telegraph (hence the above link). Educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, he was president of the Oxford Union and started his journalistic career in the Times (from which he was sacked) and the Daily Telegraph (under Max Hastings). He has also been a political reporter for the Spectator. He was elected as the M.P. for Henley in 2001, and has been a widely known member of the Conservative Party ever since. His appearances on the Have I Got News For You television show have made him a popular figure. He produced a fairly derogatory article for the Spectator on the people of Liverpool, and was made to resign from the Conservative offices he held because of his affair with Petronella Wyatt (2004). He was appointed to the post of Shadow Minister for Higher Education by David Cameron (a fellow Bullingdonian) in 2005, and ran for Mayor in 2008. He was the Mayor of London until 2016. He was appointed the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom in July of 2016. Despite his place of birth he is not American, although he did have citizenship from his birth in New York (now renounced).