On This Day

On This Day in History for June 21 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1977 Bülent Ecevit forms a minority government in Turkey which lasts only 1 month
  • 1978 The British Army shoots dead 3 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a passing Ulster Volunteer Force member at a postal depot on Ballysillan Road, Belfast; it is claimed that the PIRA volunteers were about to launch a bomb attack
  • 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 Riots at Casablanca, kills 66-200
  • 1981 Socialists/communists win French parliamentary election

Assassination AttemptRonald Reagan is Shot

1982 John Hinckley found not guilty of 1981 attempted assassination of President Reagan by reason of insanity

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The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
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  • 1983 Stephanie Kay Ashmore, of Alabama, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1985 American, Brazilian & West German forensic pathologists confirm skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 President Reagan gives speech defending his judicial appointments

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1987 Discovery rolls over from OPF to Vandenberg AFB
  • 1988 Many killed at demonstration against General Ne Win in Rangoon
  • 1988 Rascals begin 1st tour in 20 years
  • 1989 Supreme Court rules ok to burn US flag as a political expression
  • 1990 7.7 Manjil-Rudbar Earthquake with hundreds of aftershocks hits Iran; killing about 50,000
  • 1990 NYC's Zodiac killer shoots 4th victim, Larry Parham

  • 1990 Parliaments of W & E Germany recognize Oder-Neissegrens
  • 1990 US House of Representatives votes 254-177 to stop US flag burning, doesn't pass
  • 1991 Jirg Haider resigns as premier of Austrian province of Karinthia
  • 1991 P. V. Narasimha Rao becomes Prime Minister of India as head of a Congress Party minority government
  • 1993 English mathematician Andrew Wiles proves last theorem of Fermat
  • 1993 STS-57 (Endeavour) launches into orbit
  • 2000 Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote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-Indian 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is the 1st Hispanic woman to be honored on a US postage stamp

Painter Frida Kahlo
Painter
Frida Kahlo

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2003 "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" the 5th book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide in English

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • 2004 SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight
  • 2006 Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix and Hydra
  • 2012 Moody's downgrades 15 major banks in the UK, US, Canada and Europe
  • 2012 A boat of 200 asylum seekers headed to Australia capsizes and 110 survivors are rescued
  • 2013 15 people are killed and 20 are injured after a suicide bomber attacks a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2015 Hackers ground 1400 passengers by attacking IT system at Warsaw Chopin airport in Poland
  • 2015 94 people die & 45 are hospitalized after drinking moonshine in Mumbai, India
  • 2017 Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu outed after losing no-confidence vote 241-7
  • 2017 In landmark case Israeli woman wins sexism case against airline El Al after asked to change seat away from a man
  • 2018 EU imposes tariffs on US goods worth $3.2 billion in response to US tariffs
  • 2018 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden becomes the second world leader to give birth in office, to a daughter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • 2020 WHO records a record number of new daily cases of coronavirus COVID-19 - 183,020, with 116,000 coming from North and South America.
  • 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 coronavirus

Birthdays in History

  • 1954 Robert Menasse, Austrian writer (Die Vertreibung aus der Hölle), born in Vienna
  • 1957 Berkeley Breathed, American cartoonist (Vegetarian, Bloom County, Outland), born in Encino, Los Angeles
  • 1958 Gennadi Ivanovich Padalka, Russian major/cosmonaut (SK: Soyuz TM-28)
  • 1960 Kate Brown, American politician, Governor of Oregon (2015-), born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain

Person of interestJoko Widodo

1961 Joko Widodo, Indonesian politician (President of Indonesia 2014), born in Surakarta

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • 1965 Yang Liwei, Chinese astronaut
  • 1966 Rudi Bakhtiar, American journalist
  • 1966 Mancow Muller, American radio personality
  • 1967 Pierre Omidyar, Iranian-American billionaire
  • 1968 Alisyn Camerota, American journalist
  • 1969 Gabriella Paruzzi, Italian skier
  • 1971 Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Crown Prince/son of King of Nepal
  • 1972 Alon Hilu, Israeli writer
  • 1973 Zuzana Čaputová, Slovakian politician and activist, President of Slovakia (2019-), born in Bratislava., Czechoslovakia
  • 1974 Natasha Desborough, British radio personality

Person of interestPrince William

1982 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, son of Prince Charles & Lady Diana, born in London, England

Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William

Person of interestEdward Snowden

1983 Edward Snowden, American NSA contractor who leaked classified information, born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

NSA Contractor Edward Snowden
NSA Contractor
Edward Snowden
  • 1984 Jujubee [Airline Inthyrath], American drag queen and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Weddings in History


Deaths in History