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 - Guam
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U.S. Navy

1898: During the Spanish-American War, the United States captures Guam from Spain. The Spanish garrison on the western Pacific Ocean island had no knowledge of the war and surrendered Guam to the USS Charleston (seen here entering Agana, the main port of Guam) without any resistance. Guam was later formally ceded as part of the Treaty of Paris that ended the war.

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