June 21 in History
1788June 21, 1788:
The Constitution of the United States gets ratified.
1813June 21, 1813:
The Peninsular War ends with France’s defeat to Spain in the Battle of Vitoria.
1834June 21, 1834:
A patent is awarded to Cyrus McCormick for inventing the reaper in 1831.
1940June 21, 1940:
Future U.S. President Richard Nixon marries future First Lady Patricia Ryan.
1963June 21, 1963:
Paul VI becomes the Pope of the Catholic Church.
1964June 21, 1964:
Civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner are killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
1982June 21, 1982:
President Ronald Reagan’s shooter, John Hinckley Jr. is acquitted by reason of insanity.
1997June 21, 1997:
The Women’s National Basketball Association makes its debut with a game between the Los Angeles Spark and the New York Liberty teams.
2009June 21, 2009:
Greenland becomes a sovereign territory following a home-rule agreement with Denmark.
2020June 21, 2020:
The late Kurt Cobain’s guitar is sold for $6 million.