June 19 is the 170th day of the year. There are 195 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56).
+ 1846 – The first officially recorded, organized baseball game is played under Alexander Cartwright's rules on Hoboken, New Jersey's Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23–1. Cartwright umpired.
+ 1862 – The U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.
+ 1865 – Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.
+ 1943 – The Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL merge for one season due to player shortages caused by World War II.
+ 1949 – The first ever NASCAR race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
+ 1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.
+ 1978 – Garfield, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut.
+ 1903 – Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (d. 1941)
+ 1948 – Phylicia Rashad, American actress
+ 1962 – Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, and presenter