On This Day in Black History: June 19
Attorney General John White of Upper Canada introduced a bill that prohibited the importation of slaves into Upper Canada.
After a famous battle between the USS Kearsage and the CSS Alabama off the coast of Cherbourg, France, Joachim Pease received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his conduct while loader of the No. 2 Gun on the Kearsage.
It was Emancipation Day in Texas, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was declared.
In South Africa, The Natives' Land Act of 1913 went into effect. Under the act, blacks were no longer able to own or even rent land outside of designated reserves. This was the first major piece of segregation legislation passed by the Union Parliament, and remained a pillar of apartheid until the 1990s.
Tubal Uriah Buzz Butler led the labour riots in Trinidad, West Indies.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved 73-27 after overcoming an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.
President Ahmed Ben Bella was overthrown by a military coup in Algeria.
Mayor J.R. Allen declared a state of emergency in Columbus, Georgia after a protest march turned violent.
A coup d'état occurred in Haiti.
The Boipatong Massacre occured in South Africa. Inkatha followers slaughtered 45 men, women and children.
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