What happened this day in history June 21

What are the important events that happened on June 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

June 21: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 21 is the 173rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 193 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 8, 2024 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,718,928,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaheptacontatrigon’ day.

Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Pearl is the modern birthstone for this month. Moonstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 222 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 4,200 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 21: This Day In History

On non-leap years (until 2039), this day marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, and is the day of the year with the most hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere and the least hours of daylight in the southern hemisphere.

June 21 Historical Events

  • 217 BC
    The Romans, led by Gaius Flaminius, are ambushed and defeated by Hannibal at the Battle of Lake Trasimene.
  • 524
    Godomar, King of the Burgundians defeats the Franks at the Battle of Vézeronce.
  • 1768
    James Otis, Jr. offends the King and Parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.
  • 1791
    King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family begin the Flight to Varennes during the French Revolution.
  • 1813
    Peninsular War: Battle of Vitoria.
  • 1826
    Maniots defeat Egyptians under Ibrahim Pasha in the Battle of Vergas.
  • 1864
    New Zealand Land Wars: The Tauranga Campaign ends.
  • 1919
    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police fire a volley into a crowd of unemployed war veterans, killing two, during the Winnipeg General Strike.
  • 1929
    An agreement brokered by U.S. Ambassador Dwight Whitney Morrow ends the Cristero War in Mexico.
  • 1970
    Penn Central declares Section 77 bankruptcy, largest ever US corporate bankruptcy up to this date.

Who were born on June 21?

  • 1535
    Leonhard Rauwolf, German physician and botanist (d. 1596)
  • 1894
    Milward Kennedy, British public servant and mystery writer (d. 1968)
  • 1906
    Helene Costello, American actress (d. 1957)
  • 1946
    Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author
  • 1954
    Mark Kimmitt, American Army general
  • 1961
    Sascha Konietzko, German singer and synth player (KMFDM)
  • 1963
    Dario Marianelli, Italian composer
  • 1967
    Pierre Omidyar, Iranian-American businessman
  • 1972
    Alon Hilu, Israeli writer
  • 1976
    Nigel Lappin, Australian rules footballer

Who died on June 21?

  • 1796
    Richard Gridley, American Revolutionary soldier (b. 1710)
  • 1824
    Étienne Aignan, French writer (b. 1773)
  • 1865
    Frances Adeline Seward, wife of United States Secretary of State William H. Seward (b. 1824)
  • 1908
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (b. 1844)
  • 1952
    Wilfrid R. “Wop” May, Canadian aviation pioneer (b. 1896)
  • 1964
    James Chaney, American civil rights activist (b. 1943)
  • 1979
    Angus MacLise, American composer, drummer (Velvet Underground), mystic and shaman (b. 1938)
  • 1987
    Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer and TV commercial actor (b. 1914)
  • 1990
    Cedric Belfrage (b. 1904)
  • 1999
    Kami, Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer) (b. 1973)

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