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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 - Kris Allen
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1985: Singer-songwriter and musician Kris Allen, the winner of the eighth season of "American Idol," is born in Jacksonville, Ark. His self-titled major label album debut peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 album chart and featured the Platinum-certified No. 18 hit song "Live Like We're Dying."

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