1862 Slavery is outlawed in U.S. territories.
1865 Emancipation Day, also known as Juneteenth, is born when Union General Granger declares that slaves are free in Texas.
1897 Three Stooges member Moe Howard is born. He died in 1975.
1910 Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Washington.
1934 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is established to supervise radio, telegraph, and telephone communications.
1941 Cheerios cereal is introduced.
1949 NASCAR sanctions the first “strictly stock” race, which will evolve into the modern Nextel Cup. Jim Roper wins the event.
1953 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg are executed by electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in New York after being convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. He was 36, and she was 37.
1974 KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley collapses on stage at The Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia. He returns after the band takes a short break.
1978 The Garfield cartoon strip debuts in national newspapers.
1987 The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to also teach creationism science.
1999 U2‘s Bono is among the 35,000 or so people who form a human chain around a building in Cologne, Germany, where the G7 summit is being held. They call on the world leaders to cancel all outstanding debts owed by the world’s poorest countries.
2000 The Supreme Court reaffirms, 6-to-3, that prayer in public schools has to be private, barring student-led prayer before football games.
2000 Cult singer Ian Astbury joins Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek onstage at the Whisky in Los Angeles for an impromptu set of Doors classics. They later become the Doors Of The 21st Century.
2001 311 releases its sixth album, titled From Chaos.
2001 Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro releases his first solo album, Trust No One.
2001 Stone Temple Pilots issues its fifth and, to date, final album, Shangri-La-Dee-Da.
2003 Radiohead‘s Hail To The Thief debuts at Number Three on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
2007 The White Stripes release their sixth album, titled Icky Thump.