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 - Lou Gehrig
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1939: The New York Yankees announce that Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is retiring from baseball. Gehrig hadn't played in a game since April 30, ending his record streak of 2,130 consecutive games played.

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