Today in History

Today is Tuesday June 21, the 171st day of 2016. There are 193 days left in the year. This is Father’s Day.


Italian statesman, diplomat, and author of “The Prince,” Niccolo Machiavelli died.

The U.S. Constitution went into effect when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify it.

Cyrus McCormick’s mechanical reaper was patented.

Three civil rights workers—James E. Chaney, 21; Andrew Goodman, 21; and Michael Schwerner, 24—disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss. In 2005, 41 years after the disappearance, Edgar Killen was convicted of their murders.

John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted murder of President Ronald Reagan.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided that burning the U.S. flag was protected under the First Amendment.

The WNBA made its debut.

Michael Melvill pilots the first privately-developed spacecraft,SpaceShipOne, into space.


Reinhold Niebuhr
Religious and social thinker (1892)

Al Hirschfeld
Cartoonist (1903)

Jean-Paul Sartre
French philosopher, playwright and novelist (1905)

Mary McCarthy
Novelist (1912)

Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani prime minister (1953)

Prince William
Heir to the throne of the United Kingdom (1982)



Thought for Today: “Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be tough.” – Wilhelm Busch, German illustrator and poet (1832-1908).

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