On this History Day – June 22 – Almanac

Today is Tuesday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2021 with 192 to follow.

The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus.


People born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include the English adventure novelist H. Rider Haggard in 1856; the German novelist Erich Note in 1898; bank robber John Dillinger in 1903; a member of the Carl Hubbell Baseball Hall of Fame in 1903; director Billy Wilder in 1906; author / aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh in 1906; Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-California, in 1933 (88); singer / actor Kris Kristofferson in 1936 (85); filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami in 1940; television journalist Ed Bradley in 1941; news commentator Brit Hume in 1943 (78); writer Octavia Butler in 1947; Basketball Hall of Fame member Pete Maravich in 1947; rock musician Todd Rundgren in 1948 (73); Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in 1949 (72); actor Meryl Streep in 1949 (72); actor Lindsay Wagner in 1949 (72); actor Graham Greene in 1952 (69); pop singer Cyndi Lauper in 1953 (68); actor Freddie Prinze in 1954; actor Tracy Pollan in 1960 (61); activist Erin Brockovich in 1960 (61); Clyde Drexler, 1962 Basketball Hall of Fame member (59); actor Amy Brenneman in 1964 (age 57); writer Dan Brown in 1964 (age 57); TV host Carson Daly in 1973 (48); singer Dinah Jane Hansen in 1997 (24 years old).


At this date in history:

In 1918, an empty troop train overturned the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train in Ivanhoe, Indiana, killing 53 circus performers and numerous animals. The circus train had stopped to brake.

In 1940, France fell to Germany during World War II. Nazi and French leaders signed the Second Armistice in Compiègne, France, in Ferdinand Foch’s wagon.

In 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union.

In 1973, US President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a pledge to try to avoid nuclear war.

In 1977, former US Attorney General John Mitchell entered federal prison for Watergate crimes. He was released for medical reasons 19 months later.

In 2011, former Boston notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, charged with 19 homicides, was captured in Santa Monica, California, ending a 16-year manhunt. Bulger was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2012, child molester Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant coach, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison and died in 2018.

In 2019, a seven-story building under construction in Cambodia collapsed, killing two dozen construction workers who slept inside.


Thought for the day: “You can’t spoil yourself if you do your own ironing.” – American actor Meryl Streep

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