- 1623 -- Blaise Pascal (mathematician)
- 1903 -- Lou Gehrig (baseball player)
- 1947 -- Salman Rushdie (author)
- 1865 -- Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas are finally informed of their freedom. June 19th is unofficially celebrated as Juneteenth in the United States.
- 1912 -- establishment of the 8-hour work day in the United States
- 1934 -- establishment of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. The FCC regulates radio and television broadcasts.
- 1902 -- Frederick Augustus Albert (King of the former Saxony from 1828 to 1902)