This Day in History on 21 June

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 21 June. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1948: C. Rajagopalachari became the Governor-General of India. He was the last Governor-General of the country.

1975: The victory of the first Cricket World Cup was achieved by the West Indies team.

1991: PV Narasimha Rao became the ninth Prime Minister of India.

2004: Space Ship One 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.

2006: Newly discovered Pluto satellites are renamed Nix and Hydra.

2009: India’s badminton star player Saina Nehwal won the title of Super Series Badminton Tournament. She is the first Indian woman to do so.

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.

2015: The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated.

2020: Undertaker retired as a wrestler from WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1781: Siméon Denis Poisson, a French mathematician.

1905: Jean-Paul Sartre, a French philosopher.

1912: Vishnu Prabhakar, an Indian Hindi writer.

1940: Bikash Bhattacharjee, an Indian painter.

1941: Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Indian bishop

1953: Benazir Bhutto, a Pakistani politician who served as Prime Minister of Pakistan.

1958: Reema Lagoo, an Indian theatre and screen actress.

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

1893: Leland Stanford was an American industrialist and politician.

1940: Keshav Hedgewar, the founding Sarsanghachalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

1970: Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia.

2003: Leon Uris, an American author.

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)

2020: Jeet Singh Negi, a music composer, singer, lyricist, writer, and director.

Further Reading

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