On This Day 21 June

Important Days


Important Events

2004 – SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
2005 – Edgar Ray Killen, who had previously been unsuccessfully tried for the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Mickey Schwerner, is convicted of manslaughter 41 years afterwards (the case had been reopened in 2004).
2006 – Pluto’s newly discovered moons are officially named Nix and Hydra.
2009 – Greenland assumes self-rule.
2012 – A boat carrying more than 200 migrants capsized in the Indian Ocean between the Indonesian island of Java and Christmas Island, killing 17 people and leaving 70 others missing.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1912 – Vishnu Prabhakar, Indian author and playwright (d. 2009)

1941 – Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Indian bishop

1994 – Başak Eraydın, Turkish tennis player
1996 – Tyrone May, Australian rugby league player
1997 – Rebecca Black, American singer-songwriter
1997 – Derrius Guice, American football player

Death/ Death Anniversary

2012 – Abid Hussain, Indian economist and diplomat, Indian Ambassador to the United States (b. 1926)


2012 – Sunil Janah, Indian photographer and journalist (b. 1918)

2015 – Remo Remotti, Italian actor, playwright, and poet (b. 1924)
2015 – Alexander Schalck-Golodkowski, German soldier and politician (b. 1932)
2015 – Gunther Schuller, American horn player, composer, and conductor (b. 1925)
2016 – Pierre Lalonde, Canadian television host and singer (b. 1941)
2018 – Charles Krauthammer, American columnist and conservative political commentator (b.1950)