21 JUNE
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Saint/Pope Leo IX, 1002
  • Martha Washington, 1721
  • Al Hirschfeld, 1903
  • Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905
  • Mary McCarthy, 1912
  • Jane Russell, 1921
  • Judy Holliday, 1922
  • Maureen Stapleton, 1925
  • Françoise Sagan, 1935
  • Mariette Hartley, 1940
  • Ray Davies, 1944
  • Michael Gross, 1947
  • Meredith Baxter-Birney, 1947
  • Ian McEwan, 1948
  • Nils Lofgren, 1951
  • Benazir Bhutto, 1953
  • Juliette Lewis, 1973
  • Prince William of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, 1982
  • Rebecca Black, 1997

Died On This Day:

  • King Wenceslas II Bohemia, 1305
  • King Edward III, 1377
  • Machiavelli, 1527
  • John Smith (VA), 1631
  • Inigo Jones, 1652
  • Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, 1876
  • Leland Stanford, 1893
  • Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, 1908
  • Mickey Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, 1964
  • 'Little Mo' Maureen Connolly, 1969
  • President Sukarno, 1970
  • Frank Leahy, 1973
  • Carroll O'Connor, 2001
  • George Axelrod, 2003
  • Leon Uris, 2003

Today's Events:

  • 217 BC - Hannibal wins Battle at Lake Trasimene in Italy - the third major battle of the Second Punic War.
  • 1675 - Foundation stone of St. Paul's Cathedral in London laid by Christopher Wren in 1675.
  • 1756 - 23 surviving prisoners in Black Hole of Calcutta (out of 146) released.
  • 1788 - New Hampshire admitted to Union; also U.S. Constitution comes into force.
  • 1798 - Henry Cavendish reads his seminal paper on how to measure gravity to the Royal Society in London.
  • 1824 - Fortune tellers and mediums in England are subject to three months hard labor for practicing fortune telling to deceive.
  • 1834 - Mechanical Reaper patented by Cyrus H. McCormick.
  • 1854 - Midshipman Charles Lucas throws live 24 lb shell overboard saving crew; wins first Victoria Cross.
  • 1887 - Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee celebrated.
  • 1932 - Jack Sharkey defeats Max Schnelling in 15 to become Heavyweight Boxing Champ.
  • 1937 - Wimbledon tennis tournament first televised.
  • 1942 - Tobruk falls to Germans as Rommel's men capture 30,000 allied troops. WWII
  • 1948 - Britain's first computer 'the Baby' runs its first program at Manchester University. 16 feet long.
  • 1948 - Columbia Records introduces long-playing record, the LP, at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, N.Y.
  • 1964 - Three civil rights activists become martyrs when killed by Klu Klux Klan in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
  • 1972 - Hurricane Agnes kills 118, 330,000 homeless $3 billion damage in Eastern states.
  • 1977 - John Mitchell becomes first U.S. Attorney General to go to jail (Watergate cover-up).
  • 1989 - Original script of 'Citizen Kane' sold at a New York auction for a record $210,000.
  • 1990 - Worst earthquake ever in Northern Iran; 7.7 quake levels villages, kills 40,000, injures 60,000.
  • 2004 - World's first privately financed manned spaceflight - SpaceShipOne's pilot Mike Melvill goes 62 miles high.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Meen
  • Aloysius

Holiday:

  • Greek New Year's Day
  • Traditional first day of summer
  • Midnight Sun Festival in Alaska
  • Summer Solstice (except Leap Years)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • SAVITRI-VRATA, Hindu Festival for women
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • SHAVUOT or Feast of Weeks (Jewish), on 6th or 7th of lunar month Sivan.
  • ASCENSION (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTECOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • FATHER'S DAY (U.S.) Third Sunday in June.
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE DAY - Last Sunday in June
  • CHAGU-CHAGU UMAKKO or horse Festival in Morioka celebrated second Saturday in June
  • HARE KRISHNA RATHA YATRA CHARIOT CARNIVAL celebrated 3rd week in June.
  • AMBUBACHI MELA Festival at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, India celebrated third week in June for 5 days

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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