Juneteenth Celebrating the End of Slavery ... Learn More About Holiday

There's been a lot of talk about Juneteenth this year, and though President Trump's claim he made the holiday "very famous" is pure hyperbole ... it's true many people might need a cheat sheet.

The holiday -- which is also called Freedom Day, Liberation Day or Jubilee Day -- is the oldest celebration in America of the end of slavery, commemorating June 19, 1865.

That's the date Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and informed a group of slaves that the Civil War had ended ... and they were free.

Keep in mind, President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery 2 and a half years earlier, but Texas was the most remote of the slave states and had a low presence of Union soldiers ... so enforcement was slow.

The first Juneteenth celebration went down in Texas the following year, marking the anniversary of the freeing of the last enslaved people in the Confederate South -- and began to spread across the South in the following decades.

Though popularity of the holiday has risen and fallen over the past century, Juneteenth has remained a constant cause for celebration.

Currently, June 19 is marked as a state holiday or observance by 47 states and Washington D.C., and now there's a renewed push to make it a federal holiday.

If you're looking for a deeper dive into Juneteenth, check out these articles:

So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth? (NY Times)

What is Juneteenth? (PBS)

What is Juneteenth? (WSJ)

History of Juneteenth (Juneteenth.com)

Sally Struthers Arrested for Drunk Driving

Sally Struthers was arrested for drunk driving in Maine yesterday ... TMZ has learned.

We've learned ... 65-year-old Struthers was busted at 12:30 AM for OUI -- operating under the influence.

Struthers -- who starred in "All In the Family" before becoming a spokesperson for ChildFund International -- was released shortly after she was taken into custody after posting $160 bail ... which is just one dollar a day for the past 160 days.

Sally was handcuffed at the scene and law enforcement tells TMZ ... she was cooperative.

We're told drugs were NOT involved.

Struthers has been in Maine starring in the play "9 to 5."

The punishment for a first offender is a $500 fine and a 90-day license suspension. There is no risk of jail time.

Struthers' arraignment is set for December 14.

2:44 PM PT -- A rep for Struthers released a statement saying, "Sally is working and she is fine and she loves The Ogunquit Playhouse and her yearly time in Ogunquit. We deny these charges."

SueLyn Medeiros Bench Warrant Issued for Hot, Hot Model

SueLyn Medeiros is a wanted woman ... and we don't just mean by every man in America ... we mean by the L.A. County courts, because a bench warrant has been issued for her arrest.

As TMZ first reported, Medeiros was busted for DUI in Hollywood in July 2011 while driving a friggin' DeLorean ... and the sexiest arrest in history was all caught on tape.

Medeiros eventually pled no contest and was sentenced to 10 AA classes, a 3-month alcohol program and put on three years summary probation.

But according to court records, Medeiros failed to show for a court hearing on August 17, where she was supposed to show proof she completed the program and attended the meetings ... so a bench warrant was issued for her arrest.

We reached out to SueLyn ... so far, no word back.

Sheryl Crow Questioned By Federal Agents

If federal agents were looking for a smoking gun in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal ... they were hoping it might be Sheryl Crow -- this according to a new report.

The country-singer was called in by federal agents in late 2011 and questioned about any knowledge she might have regarding accusations that Armstrong was using illegal substances ... this according to The New York Daily News.

The move to question Crow makes sense ... she dated Armstrong from 2003 to 2006 (he won 2 Tour de France titles in that time span) -- and spent lots of time with him in Europe, traveling on private jets and in other locations where, according to the report, Armstrong allegedly participated in doping programs.

It's unclear what information Crow gave during her interview ... both the Feds and her attorney declined to comment.

As you know -- the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency recently stripped Armstrong of his 7 Tour de France Titles in late August and banned him from the sport of cycling ... after he dropped his case to fight back against doping allegations.

Lindsay Lohan Suspect In Jewelry Heist

Lindsay Lohan is now formally a suspect in the theft of $100,000 worth of watches and sunglasses ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

As TMZ first reported, Lindsay was at the Hollywood Hills home of Sam Magid a week ago when Sam called the LAPD and reported a jewelry theft. We're told Lindsay has been at the house frequently, including at an all-night house party a week ago Sunday.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Lindsay and her assistant Gavin Doyle are both suspects in the theft.

Now here's the twist ... We're told Sam has recanted his story and now says nothing was stolen. But our sources say cops are not closing out the investigation because they believe they have independent witnesses who can finger Lindsay and Gavin as the thieves.

Sources tell us ... LAPD detectives contacted the lawyer for Lindsay and Gavin today, asking for an interview with the two suspects but the lawyer rejected the request.

It's unclear why Sam -- who is insanely wealthy -- suddenly changed his tune.

One final thing ... This is really bad news for Lindsay, because she's on probation for the theft case involving the necklace at a Venice jewelry store. She could go to jail if she violates probation by stealing more jewelry.

Snooki Gives Birth to Baby Boy

We now live in a world where Snooki is someone's mother.

The "Jersey Shore" store popped out a baby boy at around 3:00 AM Sunday at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ.

A rep for Snooki released a statement, saying, "The world just got another Guido!!! Lorenzo Dominic LaValle has entered the world weighing 6lbs, 5oz. Nicole, Jionni & Enzo are doing great!"

A rep for MTV shared in the excitement, saying, "We couldn't be happier for Nicole and Jionni on the healthy delivery of their baby boy! We look forward to Lorenzo's first trip to the Jersey Shore and can't wait to see his first animal print onesie."

Prince Harry Offered $10 MILLION To Bone on Film

You knew it was coming ... and now, so does Prince Harry -- a multi-million dollar offer to get down and dirty in a XXX movie ... courtesy of the biggest porn studio on the planet.

Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch just fired off a letter to the royal palace in London -- offering Prince Harry $10 million to star in a big budget adult film called "The Trouble with Harry" ... thanks to his recent naked romp in Vegas.

According to the letter, the film would also star "little Harry" and would feature some REAL royal carousing -- in the form of full-on boning.

Hirsch writes, "We assure you the sex will be well-scripted, and the crown jewels will not be 'minimized' in any way."

God save the peen.

Lance Armstrong Stripped of ALL Tour De France Wins

Lance Armstrong is no longer a Tour de France champion ... the cyclist has been STRIPPED of his seven titles in the wake of allegations that he used banned performance-enhancers.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency made the announcement this morning ... Armstrong will not only lose his victories, he has also been banned from the sport of cycling for life.

Armstrong has adamantly denied the allegations ... claiming the testing process is "one-sided and unfair."

Lance released a statement responding to a USADA official yesterday saying, "There is zero physical evidence to support his outlandish and heinous claims."

"The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of controls I have passed with flying colors. I made myself available around the clock and around the world. In-competition. Out of competition. Blood. Urine. Whatever they asked for I provided. What is the point of all this testing if, in the end, USADA will not stand by it?"


Here it is ... the very first photo of Paul Ryan's mysterious athletic physique ... REVEALED!!!

TMZ has (finally) obtained a photo of Mitt Romney's running mate -- sans shirt -- taken roughly 6 years ago ... right before Ryan got hooked on the P90X workout.

We're told the pic was taken in Oklahoma during a family vacation -- the woman on the left is Paul's wife Janna.

While Ryan's bod ain't bad in the pic ... sources close to Paul's abs tell us Ryan has totally transformed his midsection in the past couple of years ... and now he's totally shredded with a killer 6-pack.

We spoke with someone close to Ryan's family who tells us Paul has "always led a healthy lifestyle" ... adding, "He's the nicest guy and has always been fit."

Kris Humphries D DAY In Kim K Divorce

Lawyers for Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian will square off in court today and -- in technical legal terms -- we're told the judge will force Kris to either s**t or get off the pot.

Lawyers for both sides must tell the judge what they have done to either settle the case or prepare for trial. As TMZ has previously reported ... Kris has refused to settle, even though he signed what we're told is an iron-clad prenup that gives him zilch in the 72-day marriage.

What makes things puzzling ... even though Kris won't settle, he hasn't prepared for trial. In fact, we know Kris' lawyers have not even taken Kim's deposition ... this, despite the fact the judge said all depos must be in the can by today's hearing.

As we previously reported, Kris' lawyers have said they want to put reality TV on trial, but it's unclear what their end game is because Kris has no damages. He made hundreds of thousands of bucks off "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" as well as the wedding special, and he signed a $24 million basketball contract -- and the notoriety that made him a celeb didn't hurt the negotiations.

Short story ... it's almost certain the judge will not screw around with the case by prolonging it. If Kris doesn't want to walk away with a clean divorce, the judge will almost certainly set the case for trial -- whether Kris and his legal team are prepared or not.

We're not so cynical to believe Kris is dragging things out because he likes the publicity.

Linda Hogan Makes Ass of Herself in New 'MILF' Video

Hulk Hogan's ex-wife Linda Hogan let it all hang out in a new music video ... by flashing her behemoth badonkadonk in a thong and sheer dress type thing.

The 52-year-old blonde bombshell stars in hip hop artist Ricky Romance's latest video entitled "MILF" and does her best Coco impersonation by exposing all of her orange mother-of-two posterior loveliness.

Besides showing off all her God given talents, Linda did some serious method acting by making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in full face and a horrendous animal print bikini.

Linda is now a video ho...gan.

Lauryn Hill's Mug Shot 'Can't Take My ANGRY Eyes Off You'

Terms to describe Lauryn Hill's mug shot: Angry ... furious ... steaming ... intimidating ... VOLCANO ABOUT TO ERUPT!!!

The U.S. Marshals Service has released Hill's mug shot ... taken in June when she pled guilty to three counts of failure to file tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007 -- when she earned more than $1.8 million.

Hill faces up to 3 years in prison and could be hit with $75,000 in fines when she is sentenced in November.

O.J. Simpson's GF Shopping a Killer Sex Tape

OJ Simpson's ex-GF was stabbed repeatedly .... with a penis ... and now she's shopping the footage around to porn companies ... TMZ has learned.

The woman at the center of the action is Christie Prody ... who dated OJ for 13 years before he went to prison.

Prody has contacted multiple porn companies, including Vivid Entertainment, in the hopes of selling a homemade sex tape ... but before you get too fired up ... no, her co-star is not The Juice.

We're told the male featured in the video was Prody's rebound guy following her split with OJ.

No word on if he used a glove.

Hillary Clinton Freak Dancin' in South Africa

Hillary Clinton don't see nuthin' wrong ... with a little bump 'n griiiiind ... 'cause the U.S. Secretary of State got downright FREAKY at a party in South Africa ... and it was all caught on tape.

Hillary was attending an event in Johannesburg, featuring a local band, when Hillary decided to bust out some of her moves on the dance floor ... and it's AWESOME!!

But it got WAYYY better ... when the lead singer decided to twerk all over Clinton's crotchal region.

It ain't the first time Hillary's let her hair down ... she let loose during an event in Colombia back in April ... and even pounded a beer.

Michael Phelps Wins 19th Olympic Medal MOST MEDALS EVER!!!

Michael Phelps has officially won more Olympic medals than ANY OLYMPIAN IN HISTORY -- winning his 19TH MEDAL moments ago during the 4x200m relay.

Phelps and his team -- Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens, and Conor Dwyer -- picked up gold for the United States, with Phelps beating out France in the final stretch by almost a body length. China took bronze.

Phelps won his 18th earlier today -- a silver -- during the 200m butterfly.

In addition to the all-time Olympic medal record, Phelps also holds the all-time record for most gold Olympic medals (15), and the record for most gold medals in individual events (9).

The previous all-time Olympic medal count was held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who won 18 total medals over 3 Olympics.


Fred Willard Arrested for Lewd Conduct

Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct last night in Hollywood when police allegedly caught him with his pants down in an adult movie theater ... TMZ has learned.

According to law enforcement sources, LAPD undercover vice officers went into the Tiki Theater in Hollywood and found the 78-year-old "Anchorman" star watching last night's feature ... with his penis exposed and in his hand.

We're told Willard was arrested around 8:45PM and booked for lewd conduct.

It was a quick release -- we're told he was out of police custody a short while later.

As for which movie Fred was watching -- there are 3 flicks in rotation at the theater ... "Follow Me 2," a XXX parody of "The Client List," and "Step Dad No. 2."

Willard is best known for his memorable roles in "Best in Show", "For Your Consideration", "American Wedding" and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

According to IMDB, Fred is "rumored" to be in pre-production for a movie entitled ... "The Yank."

It's a comedy.

8:47 AM PT -- We're starting to get comments from people who say Fred is 72 and not 78 ... but official records show that he was born on September 18, 1933 ... NOT 1939.

7:06 AM PT
-- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the LAPD vice officers were not conducting a raid ... but rather a "random walk-through" of the premises.

We're told ... when theaters like this get their license, they have to allow cops in whenever they want ... to inspect.

In fact, the theater has a sign posted in the front which warns customers that the theater is "viewed by LAPD."

The theater also warns, "No Alcohol, No Weapons, No smoking inside" ... and no pets.

The signs do not warn about flogging the dolphin.

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