Famous Events on this Day in History, June 21:

524 - Battle at Vezerone: Burgundy beats France
524 - Godomar, King of the Burgundians defeats the Franks at the Battle of Vézeronce.
996 - Pope Gregory V crowns Otto III Roman Catholic German emperor of Elzas
1128 - Battle of Akspoele: earl Willem of Normandy beats Diederik
1498 - Jews are expelled from Nurenberg Bavaria by Emperor Maximillian
1529 - Battle at Landriano: Leyva beats France
1547 - Great fire in Moscow
1572 - Garrison under Adrian of Swieten conquers Gouda
1582 - The Incident at Honno-ji takes place in Kyoto, Japan.
1607 - 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established, Jamestown
1633 - Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to "abjure, curse, & detest" his Copernican heliocentric views
1661 - Treaty of Kardis: Russia & Sweden sign peace treaty
1667 - Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter occupies Sheerness, England
1672 - Dutch pension advisor Johan de Witt seriously wounded
1672 - French troops under king Louis XIV occupy Utrecht
1684 - King Charles II revokes Massachusetts Bay Colony charter
1734 - In Montreal in New France (today primarily Quebec), a black slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Angélique, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city, is tortured and hanged by the French authorities in a public ceremony that involved her disgrace and the amputation of a hand.
1749 - Pieter Steyn installed as pension advisor of Neth
1749 - Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded.
1768 - 1st US bachelor of medicine degree (Dr John Archer)
1788 - US Constitution goes into effect as NH is 9th to ratify
1788 - Vizille France population demands local parliament
1791 - Fleeing French King Louis XVI & family captured at Varennes-en-Argonne
1792 - Vancouver meets Spanish ships Sutil & Mexicana off Vancouver, BC
1805 - Great Stoneface Mt found in NH
1813 - Peninsular War: Battle of Vitoria.
1821 - African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church organizes (NYC)
1824 - Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces capture Psara in the Aegean Sea.
1826 - Maniots defeat Egyptians under Ibrahim Pasha in the Battle of Vergas.
1834 - Cyrus Hall McCormick patents reaping machine
1849 - Battle at Waghausel: Prussian troops beat Baden rebels
1854 - First Victoria Cross won during bombardment of Bomarsund in the Aland Islands.
1858 - Louisiana chess prodigy Paul Morphy arrives in Europe
1863 - Battle at Upperville Virginia, 389 casualities
1864 - New Zealand Land Wars: The Tauranga Campaign ends.
1868 - Wagner's opera "Meistersinger von Nuernberg," premieres in Munich
1877 - The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants, are hanged at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons.
1879 - F W Woolworth opens 1st store (failed almost immediately)
1887 - Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria
1893 - 1st Ferris wheel premieres (Chicago's Columbian Exposition)
1894 - Workers in Pittsburgh strike Pullman sleeping car company
1895 - British Roseberry govt falls
1898 - Guam becomes a territory of US
1900 - Dodgers score 7 in top of 11th to go ahead of Phillies, 20-13, In bottom of 11th Phillies stalls so umpire forfeits game to Dodgers
1903 - Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Mazarine Stone" takes place (BG)
1904 - Boston Herald tells of Red Sox trade "Dougherty as a Yankee," 1st known reference to NY club as Yankees (became Yankees in 1913)
1907 - 13th US Golf Open: Alec Ross shoots a 302 at Phila Cricket Club PA
1907 - E W Scripps founded United Press
1913 - Tiny Broadwick is 1st woman to parachute from an airplane
1915 - Anti-British revolt in South-Africa ends with arrest of Gen De Law
1915 - The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens.
1916 - Boston Rube Forster no-hits NY Yankees, 2-0
1916 - Mexican troops beat US expeditionary force under Gen Pershing
1917 - Hawaiian Red Cross forms
1919 - Bauer forms German govt
1919 - German Admiral von Reuter scuttles his own captured fleet
1921 - HSC '21 soccer team forms in Haaksbergen
1923 - Marcus Garvey sentenced to 5 years for using mail to defraud
1924 - NCRV, Dutch Christian Radio Society, forms
1930 - Ruth hits 3 HRs as Yanks blow 6-0 lead in 7th & lose 15-7
1932 - Heavyweight Jack Sharkey TKOs Max Schmeling (NYC)
1932 - Jack Sharkey beats Max Schmeling in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1933 - 1st Great Lakes-to-Gulf of Mexico barge trip completed, New Orleans
1937 - French People's front govt-Blum falls
1938 - Baseball's Pinky Higgins gets 12th straight hit
1938 - Bradman scores 101* in 77 minutes, Australia v Lancashire
1939 - Doctors reveal Lou Gehrig has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
1939 - NY Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement
1940 - German occupiers disband Dutch States-General/Council of State
1940 - The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia.
1941 - 2nd French troops occupies Damascus Syria
1941 - After winning 20 straight at Fenway, Lefty Grove loses to Browns
1942 - 129°F (54°C), Tirat Zevi, Israel (Asian record)
1942 - Jacqueline Kennedy's mother marries Hugh Auchincloss
1942 - President Roosevelt/premier Churchill arrives in Washington, DC
1942 - Rommel takes Tobruk in North Africa
1942 - Seinheuer throws female world record spear (47.24m)
1943 - Federal troops put down racial riot in Detroit 30 dead
1944 - Very heavy bombing on Berlin
1945 - US defeat Japanese forces on Okinawa during WW II
1945 - World War II: The Battle of Okinawa ends.
1946 - 10 die in fire at Baker Hotel, Dallas Texas
1946 - Bill Veeck buys Indians for $2.2 million
1946 - Fed judge rules Seattle club doesn't have to play returning serviceman
1948 - 1st stored computer program run, on Manchester Mark I
1948 - 33 1/3 RPM LP record introduced (DR Peter Goldmark-Columbia Records)
1948 - Lord Mountbatten resigns as gov-gen of India
1948 - Rhodes conference on Israeli-Arab war opens
1948 - WNAC (now KNEV) TV channel 7 in Boston, MA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1948 - Columbia commits to 33 1/3 rpm records, plans to phase out 78's as Dr Peter Goldmark of CBS demonstrates "long playing record"
1950 - Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit
1951 - "17" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
1951 - Patty Berg wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
1951 - Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Evangelii praecones
1952 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
1952 - Philippine School of Commerce, through a republic act, is converted to Philippine College of Commerce; later to be the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
1954 - John Landy runs world record mile (3:58.0)
1956 - Anti-protons detected in the atmosphere
1956 - German DR frees almost 19,000 prisoners
1956 - Oriole Connie Johnson beats WS Jack Harshman (1-0) in dual 1 hitters
1957 - Ellen Louks Fairclough is sworn in as Canada's first woman Cabinet Minister.
1958 - French franc devalues
1960 - Armin Hary runs world record 100m (10.0)
1962 - USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 75,190 m
1963 - Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) succeeds John XXIII
1964 - Beckwith arrested for murder of Medger Evers, found guilty 30 yr later
1964 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Lady Carling Eastern Golf Open
1964 - Phillies Jim Bunning pitches perfect game (Mets) on Fathers day, in 2nd game of DH, Mets get 3 hits, 3 being fewest hits in NL DH
1964 - 3 civil rights workers-Michael H Schwerner Andrew Goodman & James E Chaney-disappeared after release from a Mississippi jail
1965 - 65th US Golf Open: Gary Player shoots 282 at Bellerive CC in St Louis
1966 - Queen Juliana opens Coen tunnel in Amsterdam
1967 - Yanks take 5-3 lead in 11th & lose 6-5, in 2nd game Red Sox lead 3-2 in 9th & Yanks beat them 6-3
1968 - Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns
1969 - 1st reported hearing of pirate radio WGHP (With God's Help Peace)
1969 - Dmitri Shostakovitch's 14th Symphony, premieres in Moscow
1969 - John Pennel pole vaults world record (5.45 m)
1969 - Zager & Evans release "In the Year 2525"
1970 - 70th US Golf Open: Tony Jacklin shoots a 281 at Hazeltine Natl Minn
1970 - Brazil beats Italy, 4-1, to win soccer's World Cup (in Mexico City)
1970 - Detroit's Cesar Gutierrez goes 7-for-7 to tie a record set in 1892
1970 - Judy Rankin wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
1971 - 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert, McCrea Louisiana
1971 - 71st US Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots a 280 at Merion GC in Ardmore PA
1971 - Indians Ken Harrelson retires from baseball to play pro golf
1971 - Intl Court of Justice asks South-Africa to pull out of Namibia
1975 - "Jaws" by Steven Spielberg opens
1975 - Elton John, Eagles & Beach Boys play Wembley
1975 - Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple, forms Rainbow
1975 - Soyuz 19 returns to Earth
1975 - West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs to win Cricket World Cup
1976 - Berlinguers PCI wins election in Italy
1977 - Former White House chief of staff HR Haldeman enters prison
1977 - Menachem Begin (Likud), becomes Israel's 6th PM
1978 - Andrew Lloyd Webber & Rice's musical "Evita," premiers in London
1979 - Sri Lanka beat Canada by 60 runs to win the 1st ICC Trophy
1981 - 12-bottle case of 1979 Napamedoc Cabernet wine auctioned for $24,000
1981 - 81st US Golf Open: David Graham shoots 273 at Merion GC in Ardmore Pa
1981 - Don Fagan & Walter Becker quit Steely Dan
1981 - Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf
1981 - Riots at Casablanca, kills 66-200
1981 - Socialists/communists win French parliamentary election
1982 - Paul McCartney releases "Take it Away"
1982 - Wash DC jury finds John Hinckley Jr innocent by insanity
1982 - John Hinckley found not guilty of 1981 attempted assassination of President Reagan by reason of insanity
1983 - Stephanie Kay Ashmore, of Alabama, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
1983 - Tennis ace Arthur Ashe undergoes double bypass heart surgery
1985 - American, Brazilian & West German forensic pathologists confirm skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele
1986 - "Living on Video" by Trans-X peaks at #61
1986 - "Vienna Calling" by Falco peaks at #18
1986 - Bo Jackson, Heisman Trophy winner, singns with KC Royals
1986 - Heike Drechsler of East Germany long jumps 7.45 m (women's record)
1986 - Pres Reagan gives speech defending his judicial appointments
1987 - 87th US Golf Open: Scott Simpson shoots a 277 at Olympic Club in SF
1987 - Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
1987 - Discovery rolls over from OPF to Vandenberg AFB
1987 - Mike Tyson sexually harasses a parking lot attendant
1988 - 42nd NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
1988 - Many killed at demonstration against general Ne Win in Rangoon
1988 - Rascals begin 1st tour in 20 years
1989 - Carlton Fisk becomes AL catcher HR hitter, 307th at Yankee stadium
1989 - Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson remarry
1989 - Supreme Court rules ok to burn US flag as a political expression
1989 - Yankees trade Rickey Henderson to A's for Plunk, Cadaret & Polonia
1990 - 7.7 Earthquake with 100s of after shocks hits Iran; about 50,000 die
1990 - Little Richard gets a star on Hollywood's walk of fame
1990 - NYC's Zodiac killer shoots 4th victim, Larry Parham
1990 - Parliament of W & E Germany recognize Oder-Neissegrens
1990 - US House of Reps vote 254-177 to stop US flag burning, doesn't pass
1990 - At Yankee Stadium rally, Nelson Mandela dons a NY Yankee baseball cap & proclaims "I am a Yankee!"
1991 - Eleanor Mondale marries Greg "Thunder" Malban (Minn DJ)
1991 - Islanders Denis Potvan & Michael Bossy inducted into NHL Hall of Fame
1991 - Jirg Haider resigns as premier of Karinthia
1991 - NY Islanders Denis Potvin & Mike Bossy, elected to Hockey Hall of Fame
1992 - 92nd US Golf Open: Tom Kite shoots a 285 at Pebble Beach GL Calif
1992 - Actor Michael Chiklis (Commish) marries Michelle Epstein
1992 - Actress Marina Sirtis (Star Trek NG) marries rocker Michael Lamper
1992 - Danielle Ammaccapan wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
1992 - Last day of test cricket for Ian Botham & Allan Lamb
1993 - "Camelot" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 56 performances
1993 - English mathematician Andrew Wiles proves last theorem of Fermat
1993 - STS-57 (Endeavour) launches into orbit
1994 - Steffi Graf becomes 1st defending tennis champ to lose in 1st round of a major tournament (Wimbledon to Lorrie McNeal)
1997 - "Defending the Caveman," closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 perfs
1997 - 35th NHL draft Boston picks center Joe Thornton 1st
1997 - Women's National Basketball Association begins as NY Liberty beats LA Sparks
1998 - 98th US Golf Open: at Olympic Club SF
2000 - Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.
2001 - Total solar eclipse in Madagascar-Atl Ocean (4m56s)
2001 - A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.
2002 - Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC world Heavyweight crown with an eight round knockout over Mike Tyson
2004 - SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
2006 - Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra.
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