Today in History: June 21

Today in History: June 21

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1667

The Peace of Breda ends the Second Anglo-Dutch War as the Dutch cede New Amsterdam to the English.

1675

Christopher Wren begins work on rebuilding St. Paul's Cathedral in London after the Great Fire.

1791

The French royal family is arrested in Varennes.

1834

C. H. McCormick patents the first practical reaper.

1862

Union and Confederate forces skirmish at the Chickahominy Creek.

1863

In the second day of fighting, Confederate troops fail to dislodge a Union force at the Battle of LaFourche Crossing.

1887

Britain celebrates the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria.

1900

General Douglas MacArthur offers amnesty to Filipinos rebelling against American rule.

1908

Mulai Hafid again proclaims himself the true sultan of Morocco.

1911

Porforio Diaz, the ex-president of Mexico, exiles himself to Paris.

1915

Germany uses poison gas for the first time in warfare in the Argonne Forest.

1919

Germans scuttle their own fleet at Scapa Flow, Scotland.

1939

Baseball legend Lou Gehrig is forced to quit baseball because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis--a disease which wastes muscles.

1942

German General Erwin Rommel captures the port city of Tobruk in North Africa.

1945

Japanese forces on Okinawa surrender to American troops.

1948

Dr. Peter Goldmark demonstrates his "long-playing" record.

1958

A federal judge allows Little Rock, Arkansas to delay school integration.

1963

France announces it will withdraw from the NATO fleet in the North Atlantic.

1964

Three civil rights workers disappear in Meridian, Mississippi.

1982

John Hinckley Jr. is found not guilty by reason of insanity for attempting to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.

1995

The U.S. Senate votes against the nomination of Dr. Henry W. Foster for Surgeon General.