11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 21st June

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history

1. 1527 - Italian statesman, diplomat, and author of The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli, dies

2. 1788 - The U.S. Constitution goes into effect, when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify

3. 1945 - The Japanese island of Okinawa falls to the Americans after a long and bloody battle

4. 1963 - Pope Paul VI is crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church

5. 1978 - An outbreak of shooting between Provisional IRA members and the British Army leaves one civilian and three IRA men dead

6. 1979 - Mick Taylor releases his first solo album after leaving the Rolling Stones four years before

7. 1982 - Diana, Princess of Wales, gives birth to son William

8. 1982 - John Hinckley is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted murder of President Ronald Reagan

9. 1994 - Steffi Graf becomes the 1st defending tennis champ to lose in the 1st round of a major tournament (Wimbledon to Lorrie McNeal)

10. 2003 - JK Rowling's fifth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is released - and becomes the fastest selling book ever

11. 2006 - One of Saddam Hussein's main defense attorneys, Khamis al-Obeidi, is found dead after being abducted and shot

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Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com, thepeopleshistory

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