June 19: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on June 19



June 19th is officially National Watch Day and World Sauntering Day.

This day marks the 171st day of 2024, and there’s another 195 days remaining until the end of the year.

Sit tight as you’re about to discover some of the major events, births, and deaths that all occurred on June 19 throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1862, President Lincoln signed the legislation to make slavery illegal in US territories? It applied to current and future territories but not the states themselves.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about June 19th in history!


What memorable events happened on June 19 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Thousands of pigeons went missing after a freak weather incident.

Over 250,000 pigeons that were raised from birth were released for a race. Only 10% of the pigeons returned, and it is believed that an unexplained weather event occurred which caused them to go missing.


The ten millionth patent, a specialized laser radar, was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office.


Batman Returns was released in the US.

OTD in 1992: Batman Returns was released in the US.

The movie was made with an $80 million budget and earned $282.8 million worldwide.


Drug lord Pablo Escobar handed himself into the police.

Escobar had been negotiating his surrender for a few weeks prior with an 82-year-old catholic priest.


The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that required schools to teach creationism.

The Supreme Court ruled that the law violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause because it was intended to advance one specific religion over another.


The TIROS-7 meteorological satellite was launched atop a Thor-Delta rocket.

TIROS-7 aimed to test new and experimental infrared equipment and television techniques. It was spin-stabilized, which allowed its external television cameras to take cloud-cover pictures and transmit them back to earth.


Kuwait declared its independence from the UK.

OTD in 1961: Kuwait declared its independence from the UK.


In Atlanta, Georgia, legislation passed that made pinball machines illegal in the city.

At the time, it was seen as a form of gambling.


Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time in the US.

The day was first celebrated in Washington but didn’t become a national holiday until Mother’s Day was made official 58 years later.


Benito Mussolini was arrested in Switzerland for a violent strike. He spent two weeks in jail and was deported to Italy.

Years later, Mussolini played a pivotal role in WWII due to his fascist imperial ambitions.


The USS Kearsarge sank the CSS Alabama off the coast of Cherbourg, France.

Once the USS Kearsarge spotted the Confederate CSS Alabama ship and was in range, war ensued.


President Lincoln signed an Act that made slavery illegal in US territories.

OTD in 1862: President Lincoln signed an Act that made slavery illegal in US territories.

Slavery also became illegal in the States on January 1, 1863.


Sir Robert Peel introduced the Metropolitan Police Act in Britain.

The Act created the Metropolitan Police of London and replaced the previous unorganized systems that were in place. It became the first known modern police force.

936 AD

Louis IV was crowned king of West Francia.

France was divided into separate parts during the medieval ages, and King Louis IV was made king of the western part of the Frankish Empire. His coronation took place in Laon, France.

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Ryan Hurst! Check out more famous people born on this day below.


Boris Johnson



Boris Johnson


60 years old

Born In:

New York, USA







41 years old

Born In:

Washington, USA


Zoe Saldana



Zoe Saldana


46 years old

Born In:

New Jersey, USA


Paul Dano



Paul Dano


40 years old

Born In:

New York, USA


Ryan Hurst



Ryan Hurst


48 years old

Born In:

California, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, June 19th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Anton Yelchin



Anton Yelchin



Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin was an American actor born on March 11, 1989. He died on this day in 2016, at age 27 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died On:

Jun 19, 2016 (Age 27)

Died In:

California, USA

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.

June 19: World Sauntering Day
United States

World Sauntering Day

Life these days is so hectic that we often forget to slow down and enjoy the moment. World Sauntering Day is a reminder to do just that, so get your hiking boots on and get sauntering! It doesn’t really matter where you saunter, just that you take it easy and stop to smell the roses.

June 19: National Watch Day
United States

National Watch Day

While National Watch Day may have been created to increase sales of watches, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it by geeking out on this marvelous invention. Wear your favorite watch today and commemorate the timeless history of watches!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

The world’s largest grand piano was built by a 15-year-old in New Zealand. It is a little over 18 feet long and has 85 keys – 3 short of the standard 88.

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on this day shares the zodiac sign of Gemini.

Geminis often have lots of friends in many different circles. This keeps them from getting bored and keeps life interesting. The freedom to roam between these social networks is extremely important for Geminis.

For all of you who were born in June, your allocated birthstone is alexandrite. Those lucky enough to possess this birthstone are given excellent foresight, massive fortunes, and a life full of youthfulness.

If you were born on this day, it’s likely that you were conceived on September 26 in the previous year.

Babies conceived on June 19, 2024, will be due around March 12, 2025.

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