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 - German scuttling
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1919: Worried that his ships would be seized and divided among the allied powers, Adm. Ludwig von Reuter scuttles the German fleet, which had been interned under his command at Scapa Flow in Scotland's Orkney Islands. The nine German sailors shot and killed by British forces in the aftermath are often considered the last casualties of World War I, which had effectively been ended by the Armistice signed on Nov. 11, 1918.

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