Today in History
Friday June 21
1529 – French forces are driven out of northern Italy by Spain at the Battle of Landriano during the War of the League of Cognac.
1621 – Execution of 27 Czech noblemen on the Old Town Square in Prague as a consequence of the Battle of White Mountain.
1788 – New Hampshire ratifies the Constitution and is admitted as the ninth state in the United States.
1898 – The United States captures Guam from Spain.
1942 – World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by Japan against the United States mainland.
1964 – Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner, are murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
1970 – Penn Central declares Section 77 bankruptcy, largest ever US corporate bankruptcy up to this date.
1982 – John Hinckley is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
1989 – The Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. Johnson that American flag-burning was a form of political protest protected by the First Amendment.
2004 – SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
2006 – Pluto’s newly discovered moons are officially named Nix and Hydra.
1535 – Leonhard Rauwolf, German physician and botanist (d. 1596)
1732 – Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, German pianist and composer (d. 1791)
1882 – Rockwell Kent, American painter and illustrator (d. 1971)
1903 – Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist, painter and illustrator (d. 2003)
1905 – Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and author (d. 1980)
1953 – Benazir Bhutto, 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan (d. 2007)
1967 – Pierre Omidyar, French-American businessman, founded eBay
870 – Al-Muhtadi, Muslim caliph
1954 – Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American engineer, developed the zipper (b. 1880)
2003 – Leon Uris, American soldier and author (b. 1924)
Edited from various internet sources
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