« This Day In History: June 20 | Main | This Day In HIstory: June 22 »

This Day In History: June 21

This Day in History

1768: When British customs officials in Boston seize merchant John Hancock's sloop Liberty, thousands of Bostonians riot, threatening the customs commissioners' lives and forcing them to flee the city.
1788: New Hampshire becomes the 9th state to ratify the Constitution, which thus can go into effect.
1791: French king Louis XVI and queen Marie Antoinette are apprehended at Varennes while attempting to escape from France.
1943: Race riots occur in Detroit, where 34 are killed and 700 injured, and in New York City's Harlem, where 6 are killed.
1945: During World War II, U.S. forces capture Okinawa after more than 2 months of fighting.
1982: John W. Hinckley Jr., who shot Pres. Ronald Reagan and 3 other men in 1981, is found not guilty by reason of insanity.
2004: For the first time, a privately owned craft carries a human being into space.

Today's Birthdays

1731: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, first First Lady of the United States (New Kent County, VA; died 1802)
1891: Pier Luigi Nervi, architect and engineer (Sondrio, Italy; died 1979)
1892: Reinhold Niebuhr, theologian (Wright City, MO; died 1971)
1903: Al Hirschfeld, cartoonist (St. Louis, Missouri; died 2003)
1905: Jean-Paul Sartre, philosopher/novelist/playwright (Paris, France; died 1980)
1912: Mary McCarthy, novelist/memoirist (Seattle, WA; died 1989)
1921: Jane Russell, actress (Bemidji, MN)
1922: Judy Holliday, actress (New York, NY; died 1965)
1925: Maureen Stapleton, actress (Troy, NY; died 2006)
1933: Bernie Kopell, actor (New York, NY)
1935: Francoise Sagan, writer, author of Bonjour Tristesse (1954) (Cajarc, France; died 2004)
1940: Mariette Hartley, actress (New York, NY)
1947: Meredith Baxter, actress (Los Angeles, CA). Michael Gross, actor (Chicago, IL)
1953: Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani political leader (Karachi, Pakistan)
1967: Derrick Coleman, basketball player (Mobile, AL)
1973: Juliette Lewis, actress (San Fernando Valley, CA)
1982: Prince William, older son of Prince Charles, crown prince of England, and Diana (London, England)


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on June 21, 2007 7:17 AM.

The previous post in this blog was This Day In History: June 20.

The next post in this blog is This Day In HIstory: June 22.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.