On This Day In History, 19 June

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World Events Today

  • The first ever Father’s Day celebration was held today in 1910
  • The Natives Land Act, the first major piece of segregation legislation, came into effect in South Africa today in 1913, it basically deprived most South Africans of the right to own land in their own country
  • The American businessman Steve Fossett set off from Western Australia today in 2002 in a 10-story high balloon, the Spirit of Freedom, he returned to Australia 2 weeks later to become the first person to fly around the world solo and non-stop

Entertainment Events Today

  • Italy beat Hungary 4-1 today in 1938 to win the 3rd FIFA World Cup Final in France
  • The lazy comic strip cat Garfield appeared for the first time today in 1978
  • The English cricket legend Ian Botham became the first person to take eight wickets and score a century in one innings of a Test match today in 1978, England beat Pakistan at Lord’s Cricket Ground

Family Events Today

  • Just after her 16th birthday, the movie legend Marilyn Monroe, in order to avoid going back to an orphanage, married for the first time today in 1942
  • Boris Johnson, who would become the Mayor of London and then the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born today in 1964 in New York
  • The American actor James Joseph Gandolfini Jr., most famous for his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO television series The Sopranos, died today in 2013 aged 51

Main Event Today

  • The Metropolitan Police Act was approved today in 1829, it established the Metropolitan Police force in London, which was previously a disorganized system of parish constables and watchmen

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Martini Day

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