Daily Archives: June 19, 2015

Former Chicago organized crime boss Sam Giancana shot to death 40 years ago this hour (June 19 1975)


Video: 'Double Cross ET Part 3 - Death of Sam "Momo" Giancana'

(Thursday, June 19, 1975, 10:30-11:00 p.m. CDT) — Former Chicago organized crime boss Sam Giancana, reported to have been a key participant in a Central Intelligence Agency plot to assassinate Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba in 1961, was shot to death tonight in the basement of his home in Oak Park, Illinois. Giancana was 67.

Ky becomes premier in Saigon, pledges fuller mobilization 50 years ago today (June 19 1965)


Video: 'Vietnam: A Television History - LBJ Goes to War [3/11]' (June 19, 1965, at 38:22)

(Saturday, June 19, 1965; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — Air Marshall Nguyen Cao Ky was appointed today by the military junta as prime minister. With Nguyen Van Thieu as president and Ky as prime minister, the revolving door of rulers that had prevailed in South Vietnam since the overthrow of Ngo Dình Diem in November 1963 ended.