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Today In History - June 21

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Today in History in 1684 King Charles II revoked the Massachusetts Bay Colony charter; in 1788 the U.S. Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire was the 9th state to ratify it; and in 1968 Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigned.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1633 - Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to "abjure, curse, & detest" his Copernican heliocentric views
  • 1684 - King Charles II revokes Massachusetts Bay Colony charter
  • 1788 - US Constitution goes into effect as New Hampshire is 9th to ratify
  • 1834 - American inventor and businessman Cyrus Hall McCormick patents the reaping machine
  • 1904 - The US Republican Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for President, but not without opposition from those whom he calls 'malefactors of great wealth'
  • 1939 - NY Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement after doctors reveal he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • 1948 - Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India, formerly the last Viceroy
  • 1968 - Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns
  • 1990 - 7.7 Manjil-Rudbar Earthquake with hundreds of aftershocks hits Iran; killing about 50,000
  • 1993 - English mathematician Andrew Wiles proves last theorem of Fermat
  • 1994 - Steffi Graf becomes 1st defending tennis champ to lose in 1st round of a major tournament (Wimbledon to Lorrie McNeal)

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1892 - Reinhold Niebuhr, US, theologian (Nature & Destiny of Man)
  • 1905 - Jean Paul Sartre, existentialist/writer (Le Mur, Nobel 1964; declined)
  • 1921 - Jane Russell, Bemidji MN, full-figured actress (Outlaw)
  • 1922 - Judy Holliday, comedienne/actress (Born Yesterday, Adam's Rib), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 - Maureen Stapleton, Troy NY, actress (Airport, Coccoon, Plaza Suite)
  • 1953 - Benazir Bhutto, 1st female leader of a Muslim nation (Pakistan)
  • 1959 - Kathy Mattea, country singer (Love at the Five & Dime)
  • 1979 - Chris Pratt, American actor
  • 1982 - Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, son of Prince Charles & Lady Diana, born in London, England
  • 1983 - Edward Snowden, American NSA contractor who leaked classified information from the agency, born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Famous Weddings

  • 1810 - US President Zachary Taylor (25) weds Margaret Smith near Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1924 - Inventor Robert H. Goddard (41) weds secretary Esther Christine Kisk (23) at St. John's Episcopal Church in Worcester
  • 1930 - "Titanic" actress Gloria Stuart (19) weds sculptor Blair Gordon Newell
  • 1940 - 37th US President Richard Nixon (27) weds Pat Ryan (28) at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California
  • 1942 - Jacqueline Kennedy's mother Janet Bouvier marries Standard Oil heir Hugh Auchincloss
  • 1970 - "The Doors" lead singer Jim Morrison (26) weds author Patricia Kennealy (24) in a celtic pagan hand fasting ceremony
  • 1976 - Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles
  • 1986 - The Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof (34) weds broadcaster and writer Paula Yates (27) in Las Vegas
  • 1991 - Eleanor Mondale marries Greg "Thunder" Malban (Minn DJ)
  • 1992 - Actor Michael Chiklis (Commish) marries Michelle Epstein
  • 1992 - Actress Marina Sirtis (Star Trek NG) marries rocker Michael Lamper
  • 1997 - "Bridget Jones' Diary" actor Colin Firth (36) weds Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli (27) in Tuscany, Italy
  • 1998 - "Home Alone" actor Macaulay Culkin (17) weds Broadway actress Rachel Miner (17) in Stone Church in New Preston, Connecticut
  • 2002 - "Tuck Everlasting" actor Jonathan Jackson (20) weds "General Hospital" actress Lisa Vultaggio (29)
  • 2012 - Actor Aaron Johnson (22) weds film director and artist Sam Taylor Wood (45) in Somerset
  • 2013 - Actor Peter Scolari (57) weds Broadway actress Tracy Shayne in NYC, New York
  • 2014 - TV journalist Katie Couric (57) weds financier John Molner in East Hampton, New York

Famous Deaths

  • 1377 - Edward III, king of England (1327-77), dies at 64
  • 1527 - Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine statesman/author, dies at 57
  • 1631 - John Smith, English explorer, dies
  • 1652 - Inigo Jones, English architect (b. 1573)
  • 1995 - Laurence McKinley Gould, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929, dies at 98
  • 2001 - Carroll O'Connor, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2007 - Bob Evans, American restaurateur (b. 1918)
  • 2013 - Elliott Reid, American actor, dies from heart failure at 93


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