Historical Events on June 21 (Part 2)

  • 2012 A boat of 200 asylum seekers headed to Australia capsizes and 110 survivors are rescued
  • 2012 Moody's downgrades 15 major banks in the UK, US, Canada and Europe

NBA Finals

2012 NBA Finals: Miami Heat win their second NBA title; beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106 in Game 5; MVP: LeBron James

  • 2013 15 people are killed and 20 are injured after a suicide bomber attacks a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2014 Qhapaq Ñan, the Andean Road System of the Inca Empire, 30,000km long (18,600 miles) through six countries, granted World Heritage status by UNESCO [1]
  • 2015 94 people die & 45 are hospitalized after drinking moonshine in Mumbai, India
  • 2015 Hackers ground 1400 passengers by attacking IT system at Warsaw Chopin airport in Poland

US Golf Open

2015 US Open Men's Golf, Chambers Bay GC: Jordan Spieth (21) becomes youngest winner since 1923 by 1 shot from Dustin Johnson & Louis Oosthuizen

Glastonbury Festival

2017 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, and Ed Sheeran headline; other performers include Kris Kristofferson, Barry Gibb, Katy Perry, The National, and Orchestra Baobob

  • 2017 In landmark case Israeli woman wins sexism case against airline El Al after asked to change seat away from a man
  • 2017 Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu outed after losing no-confidence vote 241-7
  • 2018 EU imposes tariffs on US goods worth $3.2 billion in response to US tariffs
  • 2018 NBA Draft: Arizona center Deandre Ayton first pick by Phoenix Suns
  • 2018 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden becomes the second world leader to give birth in office, to a daughter

Event of Interest

2018 Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is charged with fraud

  • 2019 NHL Draft: US NTDP center Jack Hughes first pick by New Jersey Devils

Event of Interest

2019 UK police called to house of leader contender Boris Johnson over alleged altercation with his girlfriend

Music History

2020 Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million

  • 2020 New archaeological discovery announced near Stonehenge of a large circle of shafts surrounding a village 2500 BC, largest prehistoric structure in Britain
  • 2020 Saudi Arabia bans international visitors from making the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage in 2020 due to COVID-19
  • 2020 WHO records a new record number of new daily cases of COVID-19 - 183,020, with 116,000 coming from North and South America
  • 2021 Carl Nassib becomes the first openly gay player in the NFL in a post on Instagram
  • 2021 Colombia's COVID-19 recorded death toll passes 100,000, the tenth country in the world to do so
  • 2021 New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is the first openly transgender athlete to be selected for the Olympics
  • 2021 Swedish government of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven toppled after a no confidence vote for the first time in Swedish history

Film & TV History

2022 LA jury finds Bill Cosby liable for sexual assault of a 16 year-old in 1975 at the Playboy mansion, awards victim 500,000 [1]

  • 2022 Law enforcement's response to the Uvalde school shooting was an "abject failure" says Texas's public safety chief Steven McCraw in testimony at a Senate hearing [1]
  • 2022 MLB Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani has career high 8 RBI in 11-inning 12-11 loss to Kansas City Royals in Anaheim, California
  • 2022 Severe flooding affects southern China, including Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces, with areas experiencing their highest rainfall since 1961, forcing authorities to evacuate tens of thousands [1]
  • 2022 South Korea successfully launches its first satellites into orbit with its homegrown rocket Nuri, from Naro Space Center [1]
  • 2023 US approves chicken made from animal cells - the country's first lab-grown meat, aimed at reducing harm to animals and the environment [1]