On this day: June 21

Published On: Jun 20 2013 02:10:40 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2016 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 - Tony Scott
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1944: Filmmaker Tony Scott, best known for directing action movies such as "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Days of Thunder," "True Romance" and "Crimson Tide," is born in North Shields, England. Scott died on Aug. 19, 2012, committing suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California.

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