Sunday, June 19th, 2022 – National Martini Day, National Watch Day, and World Sauntering Day.
Today is the 170th Day of 2022. There are 195 Days Remaining.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS

  • Ex-American Idol judge and dancer, choreographer and singer Paula Abdul is 60. 
  • Actor Paul Dano, who played The Riddler in The Batman, turns 38.
  • Actress Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, is 74.
  • Actress Gena Rowlands turns 92.
  • Writer Salman Rushdie, the author who was condemned to death by extremist Islamic leaders for his book, Satanic Verses, is 75.
  • Avatar actress Zoe Saldana turns 44.
  • Actress Kathleen Turner is celebrating her 68th birthday.

BIRTH ANNIVERSARIES

  • Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, the New York  Yankees player who held the consecutive game record for decades before it was broken by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995, was born on this day in 1903. He died June 2, 1941 of  ALS, the disease later named after him. He was 37.
  • Actor/comedian Moe Howard, of the Three Stooges, was born Moses Horwitz on this day in 1897. He died May 4, 1975 at 77.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES

  • University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias died of a cocaine-induced seizure on this day in 1986, less than 48 hours after being picked second in the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. He was 22.
  • The Sopranos actor James Gandolfini died of a heart  attack on this day in 2013. He was 51.
  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed on this day in 1953 after being convicted of conspiring to pass atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Julius was 35 and Ethel was 37.

ON THIS DAY IN…
GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, CRIME AND DISASTERS

  • 1910, Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Washington.
  • 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day Senate filibuster.
  • 2018, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize marijuana, following the South American nation of Uruguay.

SPORTS

  • 1846, the first organized baseball game played under Alexander Cartwright‘s rules took place between Cartwright’s New York Knickerbockers and the New York Nine in Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • 1867, 155 years ago, the inaugural Belmont Stakes, the oldest of the Triple Crown races, was run at Jerome Park in the Bronx.