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 - Berkeley Breathed
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1957: Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, the creator of the 1980s comic strip "Bloom County," is born in Encino, California. Breathed, who won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987, also created the strips "Outland" and "Opus" before discontinuing all work on comic strips in 2008 to focus on writing children's books. Among his best known children's books is 2007's "Mars Needs Moms!," which was adapted into an animated film in 2011.

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