On This Day

What Happened on June 21

Important Events

  • 1788 US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it
  • 1854 First Victoria Cross won during bombardment of Bomarsund in the Aland Islands (Crimean War)
  • 1948 Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India (formerly the last Viceroy)
  • 1990 7.7 Manjil-Rudbar Earthquake with hundreds of aftershocks hits Iran; killing about 50,000
  • 1993 English mathematician Andrew Wiles proves last theorem of Fermat
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June 21 in Film & TV

  • 1966 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", directed by Mike Nichols and based on the 1962 play of the same name, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1967)

June 21 in Music

June 21 in Sport

  • 1970 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Brazil and PelĂ© become first team and player to win World Cup 3 times, beating Italy, 4-1 in front of 107,412

Did You Know?

American inventor and businessman Cyrus McCormick patents the reaping machine

On June 21, 1834

Would You Believe?

Frank W. Woolworth opens his 1st successful "F. W. Woolworth Great Five Cent Store" on North Queen Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

On June 21, 1879

Famous Weddings

  • 1810 US President Zachary Taylor (25) weds Margaret Smith near Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1924 Inventor Robert H. Goddard (41) weds secretary Esther Christine Kisk (23) at St. John's Episcopal Church in Worcester
  • 1930 "Titanic" actress Gloria Stuart (19) weds sculptor Blair Gordon Newell
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