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  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 20, 1775

    George Washington

    He was commissioned on June 19 and was roundly praised by Congressional delegates

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 20, 1775

    He was commissioned on June 19 and was roundly praised by Congressional delegates, including John Adams, who proclaimed that he was the man best suited to lead and unite the colonies.




  • West Virginia, U.S.
    Saturday Jun 20, 1863

    Abraham Lincoln

    West Virginia was admitted to the Union

    West Virginia, U.S.
    Saturday Jun 20, 1863

    West Virginia was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.




  • U.S.
    Saturday Jun 20, 1931

    Great Depression

    Hoover Moratorium is issued

    U.S.
    Saturday Jun 20, 1931

    The Hoover Moratorium is issued June 20th, suspending reparation payments from Germany to stabilize the country.




  • Texas, U.S.
    Monday Jun 20, 1938

    Juneteenth

    Texas governor J. V. Allred issued a proclamation

    Texas, U.S.
    Monday Jun 20, 1938

    In 1938, Texas governor J. V. Allred issued a proclamation stating in part: Whereas, the Negroes in the State of Texas observe June 19 as the official day for the celebration of Emancipation from slavery; and Whereas, June 19, 1865, was the date when General Robert [sic] S. Granger, who had command of the Military District of Texas, issued a proclamation notifying the Negroes of Texas that they were free; and Whereas, since that time, Texas Negroes have observed this day with suitable holiday ceremony, except during such years when the day comes on a Sunday; when the Governor of the State is asked to proclaim the following day as the holiday for State observance by Negroes; and Whereas, June 19, 1938, this year falls on Sunday; NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES V. ALLRED, Governor of the State of Texas, do set aside and proclaim the day of June 20, 1938, as the date for observance of EMANCIPATION DAY in Texas, and do urge all members of the Negro race in Texas to observe the day in a manner appropriate to its importance to them.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Jun 20, 1940

    Salvador Dali

    Able to Escape

    U.S.
    Thursday Jun 20, 1940

    In 1940, as World War II tore through Europe, Dalí and Gala retreated to the United States, where they lived for eight years splitting their time between New York and Monterey, California. They were able to escape because on June 20, 1940, they were issued visas by Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Portuguese consul in Bordeaux, France. Salvador and Gala Dalí crossed into Portugal and subsequently sailed on the Excambion from Lisbon to New York in August 1940.




  • U.S.
    Friday Jun 20, 1975

    Steven Spielberg

    Steven's First Blockbuster

    U.S.
    Friday Jun 20, 1975

    Studio producers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown offered Spielberg the director's chair for Jaws, a thriller-horror film based on the Peter Benchley novel about an enormous killer shark. Spielberg has often referred to the gruelling shoot as his professional crucible. Despite the film's ultimate, enormous success, it was nearly shut down due to delays and budget over-runs. But Spielberg persevered and finished the film. It was an enormous hit, winning three Academy Awards (for editing, original score and sound) and grossing more than $470 million worldwide at the box office. Jaws made Spielberg a household name and one of America's youngest multi-millionaires.




  • Dallas, Texas, U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 20, 2006

    Shaquille O'Neal

    2006 Finals

    Dallas, Texas, U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 20, 2006

    In the 2006 Finals, the Heat were underdogs against the Dallas Mavericks led by Dirk Nowitzki, and the Mavericks won the first two games at home in dominating fashion. The Heat led by Wade and a balanced effort by O'Neal, Antoine Walker and Jason Williams would go on to win all three of the next games at home, before closing out the series in Dallas to deliver the first NBA title for the franchise and O'Neal's fourth title. With Wade carrying the offensive load, O'Neal did not need to have a dominating series, and finished with an average of 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds for the series.


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