Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,060 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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About June 21

June 21, 2021 is the 172nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 193 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

Gemini is the sun 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 225 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

June 21: More About This Day

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.

What Happened On June 21

  • 1582
    Japanese daimyo Oda Nobunaga is forced to commit suicide in Honnō-ji, Kyoto.
  • 1798
    Irish Rebellion of 1798: The British Army defeats Irish rebels at the Battle of Vinegar Hill.
  • 1824
    Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces capture Psara in the Aegean Sea.
  • 1898
    The United States captures Guam from Spain.
  • 1919
    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police fire a volley into a crowd of unemployed war veterans, killing two, during the Winnipeg General Strike.
  • 1930
    One-year conscription comes into force in France.
  • 1940
    France signs an armistice with Germany at Compiègne.
  • 1942
    World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by the Japanese against the United States mainland.
  • 2000
    Section 28 (of the Local Government Act 1988), outlawing the ‘promotion’of homosexuality in the United Kingdom, is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.
  • 2001
    A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.

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