27 fun facts for June, 19

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
June 19th is an exciting day filled with memorable events and fun facts. The first official baseball game was played, Juneteenth is celebrated as African-American emancipation in the U.S., and Kuwait declared independence. The day also honors iconic figures like Pelé, Lou Gehrig, and Timo Sarpaneva, and celebrates National Martini Day, National Garfield the Cat Day, and National Kissing Day.
27 Fun facts
  1. On June 19, 1846, the first official baseball game was played in Hoboken, New Jersey between the New York Nine and the Knickerbocker Club. The New York Nine won with a score of 23-1.
  2. June 19 is known as Juneteenth, which commemorates African-American emancipation from slavery after the Civil War in the United States. It is a day of celebration, reflection, and pride in African-American history and culture.
  3. June 19th is National Martini Day in the United States, a day to celebrate all things related to the iconic cocktail that has become a symbol of sophistication and class. It is an occasion to explore the many variations of the Martini and appreciate it as a drink to be enjoyed with friends.
  4. On June 19, 1905, the world's first nickelodeon – a form of a movie theater with a 5-cent admission fee – opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The success of the first nickelodeon led to the creation of hundreds of similar theaters across the United States.
  5. Swiss inventor George de Mestral was granted a U.S. patent for his invention of Velcro on June 19, 1951. The unique hook-and-loop fastening system revolutionized the fastening industry and is now an essential in everyday items, such as clothing and shoes.
  6. On June 19, 1961, Kuwait declared independence from the United Kingdom, with Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah as its first Emir or ruler. Kuwait National Day is celebrated on February 25 annually, while June 19 marks the country's independence day.
  7. June 19, 1987, was a popular release day for movies. Classics, such as "Dragnet" (starring Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd) and "Spaceballs" (by Mel Brooks), premiered on the same day in U.S. theaters.
  8. On June 19, 1934, the Communications Act of 1934 was signed into law in the United States. This created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is responsible for regulating interstate communication by wire, radio, television, satellite, and cable.
  9. June 19 is National Garfield the Cat Day, celebrating the famous comic strip character created by Jim Davis. Garfield first appeared in printed newspapers on this day in 1978 and remains a beloved, lazy cat who loves to eat lasagna and annoy his owner, Jon Arbuckle.
  10. On June 19, 2012, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought asylum at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, after losing his appeal against extradition to Sweden. He remained at the embassy until April 11, 2019, when his asylum was revoked, and he was arrested by British authorities.
  11. June 19 is annually celebrated as National Watch Day in recognition of the timeless accessory that remains an essential part of our daily lives. It reminds us of the importance of time and encourages us to appreciate the intricate craftsmanship of watches.
  12. On June 19, 2018, Canada's Senate passed the Cannabis Act, making it the first G7 country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. However, the law came into effect on October 17, 2018.
  13. In Iceland, June 19 is an annual national holiday called "Sjómannadagurinn" or Seamen's Day. On this day, Icelanders celebrate the hard work and contribution of the fishing and maritime industries to the country's economy.
  14. On June 19, 1816, French mathematician Sophie Germain became the first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences. This award was for her work on Fermat's Last Theorem.
  15. June 19, 2000, marked the opening of "Mission: SPACE" at Walt Disney World's Epcot Theme Park. The thrilling attraction simulates a space mission to Mars, giving guests a chance to experience the sensations of space travel.
  16. On June 19, 1970, Neil Simon's classic comedy, "The Out-of-Towners," premiered in theaters. Starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis, the film recounts the misadventures of a couple visiting New York City for a job interview.
  17. June 19 is known as "Sauntering Day," a day dedicated to the act of walking slowly and casually. This day encourages people to take their time, enjoy their surroundings, and embrace a more leisurely pace of life.
  18. In Indonesia, June 19 is recognized as Pramuka Day, which celebrates the country's Scout movement. The day commemorates the first Indonesian Scout Conference held on June 19, 1961, marking the establishment of the National Scout Organization of Indonesia.
  19. On June 19, 1972, Hurricane Agnes, the costliest hurricane to hit the United States until that time, made landfall near Panama City, Florida. The resulting floods caused extensive damage across the southeastern United States, and the storm became a turning point in U.S. hurricane history.
  20. June 19, 1978, marked the first victory of Brazilian soccer legend Pelé's New York Cosmos team in the North American Soccer League (NASL) championship. Pelé's presence in the NASL significantly increased American interest in soccer during his tenure.
  21. The Academy of Management was founded on June 19, 1936. This organization, dedicated to management and organization studies, publishes esteemed academic journals and hosts conferences to promote the exchange of research and ideas in the field.
  22. On June 19, 1984, future heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield made his professional boxing debut at New York City's Madison Square Garden. He won his first match against Lionel Byarm, launching a prolific career that included multiple championships.
  23. Finnish inventor and engineer Timo Sarpaneva, known for his innovative glass and industrial design work, was born on June 19, 1926. His iconic "i-line" glassware brought international recognition and transformed Finnish design.
  24. On June 19, 1903, Lou Gehrig, one the greatest baseball players in history, was born in New York City. Nicknamed "The Iron Horse," he played 2,130 consecutive games for the New York Yankees and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.
  25. American novelist and poet Gail Godwin was born on June 19, 1937. She is known for her critically acclaimed novels, such as "A Mother and Two Daughters" and "The Odd Woman," which often explore the lives and relationships of women.
  26. On June 19, 1969, the Kustom JetStar 707, a unique car made to resemble a jet aircraft, was completed. Made by George Barris, the car was built on a 1958 Oldsmobile chassis and featured a cockpit-like cabin and a tail fin.
  27. June 19 is National Kissing Day in the United Kingdom, which celebrates the importance of love, intimacy, and connection in our lives. The day encourages people to show their appreciation and affection for those they care about through a simple, yet powerful, kiss.