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June 17, 2021 in History

Day of the Week: Thursday

Events in History

  • China launches its Shenzhou-12 spacecraft with three astronauts arriving at its new space station Tiangong six and a half hours later
  • US designates June 19 as a federal holiday "Juneteenth" is considered the date of the end of slavery, when word of the end of the Civil War and Emancipation was delivered to Galveston, Texas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

US President Joe Biden signs into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act making June 19th a federal holiday commemorating emancipation

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden

Deaths in History

  • Kenneth Kaunda, 1st President of Zambia (1964-91), dies at 97
2021 in History