On this day

Michael Owen with fan at Stegersbach. He gave England the lead against Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals in Shizuoka in Japan. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 21 June?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

Michael Owen with fan at Stegersbach. He gave England the lead against Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals in Shizuoka in Japan. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 21 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 21 JUNE

2012 |  A boat carrying more than 200 migrants capsized in the Indian Ocean between the Indonesian island of Java and Christmas Island, 17 people were injured and 70 others were missing.

2009 | Greenland assumed self-rule.

2005 | Edgar Ray Killen, who had previously been convicted of the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Mickey Schwerner, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after 41 years the case was reopened in 2004.

2004 | SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.

2000 | Article 28 (of the Local Government Act 1988), which prohibits ‘promoting’ homosexuality in the United Kingdom, was repealed in Scotland by 99 to 17 votes.

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BIRTHDAYS

1924 |  British-Canadian jazz clarinetist and a satirical cartoonist, Wally Fawkes. 

1947 | American actress, Meredith Baxter. 

1951 | English lawyer and judge, Terence Etherton. 

1950 | Canadian poet and academic, Anne Carson. 

1927 | American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Seychelles, Carl Stokes, died in 1996. 

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS 

2011 | Canadian author and poet, Robert Kroetsch, 84.

2000 | Armenian-American pianist and composer, Alan Hovhaness,89.

2010 | Turkish lawyer, journalist, and author, İlhan Selçuk, 85.

2002 | Canadian author and playwright, Timothy Findley, 72.

2014 | Japanese politician, Japanese Minister of Defense, Yozo Ishikawa, 89.

SPORTS

2002 | On this day, Michael Owen gave England the lead against Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals in Shizuoka in Japan but the match ended with Brazil reaching the semi-final with a 2-1 victory.

ENTERTAINMENT

1996 | “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was released on this day in the United States for the first time

AFRICA FACT

The Malagarasi River is 475 km long. Its source is close to the Tanzania-Burundi border.