June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 193 days remaining.
June 21 is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, so is the day of the year with the longest hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere, and the shortest in the southern hemisphere.
1915 - The U.S. Supreme Court hands down decision in 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens.
Guinn v. United States 1919 - Royal Canadian Mounted Police fire a volley into a crowd of unemployed war veterans, killing two, during Winnipeg General Strike.
1919 - Admiral Ludvig von Reuter scuttles the German fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney. The nine sailors killed were the last casualties of the First World War.
1940 - World War II: France surrenders to Germany.
1940 - First successful west to east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver British Columbia.
1942 - World War II: Tobruk falls to German forces.
1942 - World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by the Japanese against USA mainland.
1945 - World War II: Battle of Okinawa ends.
1957 - Ellen Louks Fairclough sworn in as Canada's first woman Cabinet Minister
1964 - Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Cheney and Mickey Schwerner are murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
1965 - Folk rock band The Byrds release their highly influencial debut album
Mr. Tambourine Man. 1973 - In handing down the decision in 413 US 15, the Miller v. California Supreme Court of the United States establishes the Miller Test, which now governs obscenity in U.S. law.
1982 - John Hinckley is found not guily by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan.
1982 - street music festival inaugurated in Fête de la Musique France by Jack Lang.
1989 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Texas v. Johnson that flag burning is protected speech under the United States Constitution.
1002 - Pope Leo IX (d. 1054)
1639 - Increase Mather, New England Puritan minister (d. 1723)
1731 - Martha Washington, wife of first President of the United States, George Washington
1781 - Siméon-Denis Poisson, mathematician, physicist (d. 1840)
1736 - Enoch Poor, Brigadier General in the Continental Army (d. 1780)
1763 - Pierre Paul Royer-Collard, philosopher
1805 - Charles Jackson , physician, chemist, pioneer geologist and mineralogist
1811 - Carlo Matteucci, physicist
1823 - Jean Chacornac, astronomer (d. 1873)
1839 - Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer (d. 1908)
1862 - Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince, administrator and historian (d. 1943)
1863 - Albert Sauveur , metallurgist (one of the founders of physical metallurgy)
1863 - Max Wolf, astronomer
1864 - Heinrich Wölfflin, art historian
1876 - William H. Keesom , physicist (pioneer in cryogenics)
1880 - Arnold Gesell, psychologist, pediatrician
1883 - Lluís Companys i Jover, President of Catalonia (d. 1940)
1884 - Claude Auchinleck, British Field Marshal (d. 1981)
1887 - Norman L. Bowen, petrologist (d. 1956)
1889 - Ralph Craig, American athlete (d. 1972)
1891 - Pier Luigi Nervi, architect (d. 1979)
1891 - Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (d. 1966)
1892 - Reinhold Niebuhr, Protestant theologian
1893 - Alois Hába, composer
1896 - Charles B. Momsen, inventor
1898 - Donald C. Peattie, botanist, writer
1903 - Al Hirschfeld, cartoonist (d. 2003)
1905 - Jean-Paul Sartre, philosopher and playwright, recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature 1964 (he refused to accept it) (d. 1980)
1912 - Mary McCarthy, writer (d. 1989)
1914 - Ralf Parland , writer
1914 - William Vickrey, economist, awarded the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
1916 - Herbert Friedman , astronomer
1919 - Gower Champion, dancer and choreographer (d. 1980)
1919 - Gérard Pelletier, French journalist, politician and diplomat (d. 1997)
1919 - Vladimir Simagin , Chess International Grandmaster & Master, International Correspondence Chess Master, trainer
1921 - Judy Holliday, actress (d. 1965)
1921 - Jane Russell, actress
1925 - Maureen Stapleton, actress
1934 - Wulf Kristen , writer and recipient of the 1989 Heinrich Mann Prize
1935 - Françoise Sagan, writer
1939 - Ruben Berrios, politician
1942 - Henry Taylor, Pulitzer-Prize winning poet
1944 - Ray Davies of The Kinks
1946 - Brenda Holloway, musician
1948 - Ian McEwan, writer
1948 - Lionel Rose, first aboriginal boxer to win a world title (in 1968)
1948 - Andrzej Sapkowski, Polish fantasy writer
1950 - Anne Carson, poet
1951 - Nils Lofgren, musician
1953 - Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan (twice), first female Muslim head of government
1955 - Tim Bray, computer programmer
1956 - Michel Platini, French football player
1964 - Yuri Kruppa , Chess International Grandmaster
1964 - Valeriy Neverov , Chess International Grandmaster
1964 - Doug Savant, actor ( , Melrose Place )
Desperate Housewives 1966 - Rudi Bakhtiar, journalist
1971 - Sunofone-J.R.Liendo , creator of "Red Dragon"chess variant
1973 - Juliette Lewis, actress
1981 - Brandon Flowers, singer/keyboardist ( The Killers (band))
1982 - Prince William of Wales (son to Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Diana)
1982 - Matthew Gargano , musician, mathematician
1983 - Nadia Yvonne Lopez Ayuso , Mexican singer (La Acedemia contestant)
1908 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composer (b. 1844)
1914 - Bertha von Suttner, winner of 1905 Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1843)
1934 - Thorne Smith, author ("Topper " books and others)
1951 - Charles Dillon Perrine, astronomer (b. 1867)
1952 - Wilfrid 'Wop' May, aviation pioneer
1964 - Andrew Goodman, civil rights activist
1964 - James Cheney , civil rights activist
1964 - Mickey Schwerner, civil rights activist
1969 - Maureen Connolly, tennis star
1970 - Sukarno, Indonesian President
1976 - Margaret Herrick, Librarian and director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences credited with naming the Oscar (b. 1902)
1980 - Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter
1985 - Tage Erlander, Swedish Prime Minister
1990 - Ross Munro , journalist, Canadian Press war correspondent, editor, publisher
1992 - Yoshiko Uchida , Japanese-American writer (b. 1921)
1997 - Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican trade union supremo (b. 1900)
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