On This Day In History, 21 June

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World Events Today

  • The German Admiral Ludwig von Reuter ordered the scuttling of the German fleet held at Scapa Flow today in 1919, he feared it would be seized as part of the ongoing Armistice negotiations
  • Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini took over as Pope Paul VI today in 1963, he succeeded Pope John Paul I
  • John Warnock Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate the United States President, Ronald Reagan, in March 1981, was found not guilty by reason of insanity today in 1982

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Frenchman Arnaud George Watson Massy won the 47th British Open Men’s Golf championship today in 1907, he was the first non-Britain to win the competition
  • Brazil beat Italy 4-1 today in 1970 to win the 9th FIFA World Cup Final in Mexico, they became the first team to win the competition 3 times
  • England beat New Zealand today in 2009, to win the inaugural ICC Women’s World Twenty20

Family Events Today

  • Anthony David Leighton Scott, better known as the English film director Tony Scott, director of many movies, including Top Gun and Days of Thunder, was born today in 1944 in Tynemouth, Northumberland
  • Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation, Pakistan, was born today in 1953 in Karachi
  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, was born today in 1982, he is the older son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales

Main Event Today

  • The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, which opened today in 1893

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Selfie Day

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