~TODAY IN HISTORY~
On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the War Between the States was over, and that all remaining slaves in Texas were free — an event celebrated to this day as “Juneteenth.”
In 1917, during World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames; the family took the name “Windsor.”
In 1937, the city of Bilbao fell to the Nationalist Army during the Spanish Civil War.
In 1944, during World War II, the two-day Battle of the Philippine Sea began, resulting in a decisive victory for the Americans over the Japanese.
In 1952, the celebrity-panel game show “I’ve Got A Secret” made its debut on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host.
In 1953, Julius Rosenberg, 35, and his wife, Ethel, 37, convicted of conspiring to pass U. S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, were executed at Sing Sing Prison on Ossining, New York.
In 1972, Hurricane Agnes, blamed for at least 122 deaths, made landfall over the Florida Panhandle.