spotlight Today In History, June 19: Julius & Ethel Rosenberg Jun 19, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Wednesday, June 19.Today's Highlight in History: 1868: Johann Strauss In 1868, "Tales from the Vienna Woods," a waltz by Johann Strauss "the Younger," was first publicly performed by Strauss' orchestra. AP 1917: King George V 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." AP 1934: Federal Communications Commission In 1934, the Federal Communications Commission was created; it replaced the Federal Radio Commission. AP 1944: Battle of the Philippine Sea In 1944, during World War II, the two-day Battle of the Philippine Sea began, resulting in a decisive victory for the Americans over the Japanese. AP 1952: "I've Got A Secret" In 1952, the celebrity-panel game show "I've Got A Secret" debuted on CBS-TV. AP 1952: Green Berets In 1952, the U.S. Army Special Forces, the elite unit of fighters known as the Green Berets, was established at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. AP 1953: Julius & Ethel Rosenberg In 1953, Julius Rosenberg, 35, and his wife, Ethel, 37, convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. AP 1964: Civil Rights Act of 1964 In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved by the U.S. Senate, 73-27, after surviving a lengthy filibuster. AP 2006: Condoleezza Rice In 2006, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned North Korea it would face consequences if it test-fired a missile thought to be powerful enough to reach the West Coast of the United States. AP 2009: R. Allen Stanford Ten years ago: Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford was indicted and jailed on charges his international banking empire was really just a Ponzi scheme built on lies, bluster and bribery. (Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in prison after being convicted of bilking investors in a $7.2 billion scheme that involved the sale of fraudulent certificates of deposits.) AP 2009: Reporter Abduction Ten years ago: New York Times reporter David S. Rohde and Afghan reporter Tahir Ludin (pictured) escaped from militant captors after more than seven months in captivity in Afghanistan and Pakistan. AP 2014: Barack Obama Five years ago: President Barack Obama announced he was dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell a rising insurgency. AP 2014: Kevin McCarthy Five years ago: Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California won election as House majority leader as Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor's primary defeat in Virginia. AP 2017: Otto Warmbier In 2017, Otto Warmbier a 22-year-old American college student died in a Cincinnati hospital following his release by North Korea in a coma after more than a year in captivity. AP 2018: NYC Marijuana One year ago: New York mayor Bill de Blasio said as of Sept. 1, police would start issuing summonses to people caught smoking marijuana in public rather than arresting them. AP 2018: Trump United Nations One year ago: The United States said it was pulling out of the United Nations' Human Rights Council, a day after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents; U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley cited longstanding U.S. complaints that the council was biased against Israel. AP +24 Archives spotlight Today's Birthdays, June 19: Paula Abdul Jun 19, 2019 0 Today is Wednesday, June 19. 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