TODAY IN HISTORY
On June 19, 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 as “Juneteenth.”
In 1911, Pennsylvania became the first state to establish a motion picture censorship board.
In 1917, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames; the family took the name “Windsor.”
In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved
by the U.S. Senate, 73-27, after surviving a filibuster.
In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to also teach creation science.
In 2014, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California won election as House majority leader.