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 - Fort Stevens
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1942: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing shells at nearby Fort Stevens. The attack made the fort the only military installation in the continental United States to receive hostile fire during World War II. Despite firing 17 shells at the fort over two nights, the submarine failed to damage Fort Stevens itself, instead claiming the post's baseball field backstop as its only casualty. Here, U.S. servicemen inspect a shell crater after the Japanese attack.

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