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On this day in history – June 21 – Almanac

On this day in history – June 21 – Almanac
On this day in history – June 21 – Almanac


Flooding is widespread on the island of Panay, Philippines, June 27, 2008, where the U.S. Navy is helping provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response following Typhoon Fengshen.  On June 21, 2008, nearly 1,400 people, most of them on board a capsized ferry, were killed in the typhoon.  File photo by Spike Call/US Navy

1 of 2 | Flooding is widespread on the island of Panay, Philippines, June 27, 2008, where the U.S. Navy is helping provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response following Typhoon Fengshen. On June 21, 2008, nearly 1,400 people, most of them on board a capsized ferry, were killed in the typhoon. File photo by Spike Call/US Navy | License photo

Today is Friday, June 21, the 173rd day of 2024 with 193 to follow.

The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn.

People born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. Among them are the saint/pope Leo IX in 1002; Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts of America, in 1850; philosopher/author Jean-Paul Sartre in 1905; actress Jane Russell in 1921; actor Bernie Kopell in 1933 (91 years old); actor Monte Markham in 1935 (89 years old); actor Ron Ely in 1938 (86 years old); actress/TV host Mariette Hartley in 1940 (age 84); actor Joe Flaherty in 1941; musician Ray Davies (Kinks) in 1944 (80 years old); actor Michael Gross in 1947 (77 years old); actor Meredith Baxter in 1947 (77 years old); Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 (77 years old); musician Joey Molland (Badfinger) in 1947 (77 years old); the writer Ian McEwan in 1948 (age 76); musician Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) in 1950 (74 years old); the musician Nils Lofgren in 1951 (73 years old); Benazir Bhutto, twice Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1953; actor Robert Pastorelli in 1954; actor Josh Pais in 1958 (66 years old); musician Kathy Mattea in 1959 (65 years old); sportsman Kevin Harlan in 1960 (64 years old); Indonesian President Joko Widodo in 1961 (63 years old); actor David Morrissey in 1964 (60 years old); filmmaker Lana Wachowski in 1965 (59 years old); actress Carrie Preston in 1967 (57 years old); actress Juliette Lewis in 1973 (51 years old); musician Justin Cary (Sixpence None The Richer) in 1975 (49 years old); musician Mike Einziger (Incubus) in 1976 (48 years old); actor Chris Pratt in 1979 (45 years old); musician Brandon Flowers (Killers) in 1981 (age 43); Prince William of Great Britain in 1982 (42 years old); actor Benjamin Walker in 1982 (42 years old); actor Jussie Smollett in 1983 (age 41); Edward Snowden, former CIA employee who revealed government secrets, in 1983 (age 41); actor Michael Malarkey in 1983 (age 41); musician Lana Del Rey in 1985 (39 years old); actress Natalie Alyn Lind in 1999 (25 years old).

At this date in history:

In 1788, the U.S. Constitution took effect when it was ratified by a ninth state, New Hampshire.

In 1942, German forces, led by General Erwin Rommel, took control of Tobruk, Libya, in an assault on British forces. The North African city was a key port on the Mediterranean Sea.

In 1945, the Japanese defenders of Okinawa surrendered to American troops.

In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan killed three civil rights activists – James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner – and hid their bodies in unmarked graves. An informant led the FBI to the graves of all three men 44 days later.

In 1982, John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the March 1981 shootings of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three others who were also injured. Hinckley was hospitalized in Washington, with permission in recent years to spend time outside the institution with his family.

In 1985, international experts in Sao Paulo, Brazil, conclusively identified the bones of a drowned victim in 1979 as the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele, a Nazi war criminal, ending a 40-year search for the “angel of death” of Auschwitz. Concentration camp.

In 1990, an earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale struck northwest Iran, killing up to 50,000 people.

In 1997, Cambodia announced the capture of former Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot.

In 2000, NASA announced that its Mars Global Surveyor had spotted grooved surface features, suggesting relatively recent water flow on the planet.

In 2005, a Mississippi jury convicted 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen of involuntary manslaughter in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison and died in 2018.

In 2008, nearly 1,400 people, most of them on board a capsized ferry, were killed during Typhoon Fengshen in the Philippines.

In 2011, a RusAir airliner flying from Moscow to Petrozavodsk in rain and fog crashed onto a highway near an airport and burst into flames. Forty-four people died, eight survived.

In 2021, Laurel Hubbard made history as the first openly transgender athlete to be selected to compete in the Olympic Games, qualifying for a place on the New Zealand weightlifting team.

In 2021, Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player in league history to come out as gay.

In 2023, the Food and Drug Administration approved GOOD Meat, the meat division of Eat Just, and UPSIDE Foods to sell farmed poultry in the United States. This is the first approval by the regulator allowing companies to produce meat by cultivating cells extracted from an animal's body.

Thought of the day: “To make peace, you must be an uncompromising leader. To make peace, you must also embody compromise.” — former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto




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