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This day in history

Today is Monday, June 19, the 170th day of 2017. There are 195 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actress Gena Rowlands is 87. Hall of Fame race car driver Shirley Muldowney is 77. Singer Spanky McFarlane (Spanky and Our Gang) is 75. Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is 72. Author Salman Rushdie is 70. Actress Phylicia Rashad is 69. Heart singer Ann Wilson is 67. Actress Kathleen Turner is 63. Singer Mark DeBarge is 58. Singer-dancer Paula Abdul is 55. Actress Mia Sara is 50. Actor Jean Dujardin is 45. Alt-country singer-musician Scott Avett The Avett Brothers) is 41.

In 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.’’

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In 1867, Maximilian I, emperor of Mexico since 1864, was executed by firing squad a month after being taken prisoner by the forces of President Benito Juarez. The inaugural running of the Belmont Stakes took place; the winner was a filly named Ruthless.

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In 1917, during World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames; the family took the name ‘‘Windsor.’’

In 1953, Julius Rosenberg, 35, and his wife, Ethel, 37, convicted of conspiring to pass US atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, were executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York.

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

In 1972, Hurricane Agnes, blamed for at least 122 deaths, made landfall over the Florida Panhandle.

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In 1977, Pope Paul VI proclaimed a 19th-century Philadelphia bishop, John Neumann, the first male US saint.

In 1999, author Stephen King was seriously injured when he was struck by a van driven by Bryan Smith in North Lovell, Maine.

In 2012, WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange took refuge at Ecuador’s Embassy in London, seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced questioning about alleged sex crimes. (Sweden dropped its inquiry in May 2017, but Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy to avoid arrest by British authorities for jumping bail.)

Last year, LeBron James and his relentless Cavaliers pulled off an improbable NBA Finals comeback to give the city of Cleveland its first title since 1964 as they became the first team to rally from a 3-1 finals deficit by beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 93-89.