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On this day: June 21

Published On: Jun 20 2013 02:10:40 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The first Ferris Wheel opens in Chicago, Lou Gehrig retires, Johnny Cash releases his first single, the WNBA begins play, and a TV icon and a blues legend both die, all on this day.

OTD June 21 - Cocoon
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20th Century Fox

1985: The drama "Cocoon," starring Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Steve Guttenberg and Jessica Tandy, and directed by Ron Howard, premieres in theaters. The film, about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens, was a box office success, earning more than $85 million worldwide, and won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Ameche) and Best Visual Effects.

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