Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, June 19

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, June 19

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1865: Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and that all remaining slaves in Texas were free - an event celebrated to this day as "Juneteenth."

1946: Pittsburgh's Billy Conn was knocked out at Yankee Stadium in New York in the eighth round of his second attempt to win the heavyweight boxing championship from Joe Louis.

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 in Ossining, N.Y.

1964: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved by the U.S. Senate, 73-27, after surviving a lengthy filibuster.

1987: Pittsburgh's Civic Arena was packed with 12,177 fans to watch the Pittsburgh Gladiators defeat the Washington Commandos, 48-46, in the first season game of the newly formed Arena Football League. …

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