6/17, 10:04 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Biden signs bill making June 19 federal holiday

United States President Joe Biden signed on Thursday legislation making June 19 a federal holiday in the commemoration of ending legal enslavement of Black Americans 156 years ago.

The bill, marking the day in 1865 when a Union general informed a group of people in Texas who have been enslaved that they had been freed by President Abraham Lincoln, was unanimously passed in the Senate while also having a wide majority of votes in the House of Representatives.

The new holiday, named Juneteenth, has become the eleventh national holiday in the US.

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