On this day: June 21

Published On: Jun 20 2013 02:10:40 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2013 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 - Ferris Wheel
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1893: The first Ferris Wheel premieres at Chicago's Columbian Exposition, America's third world's fair. The 264-foot wheel was invented by George Washington Ferris, a Pittsburgh bridge builder, for the purpose of creating an attraction like the 1889 Paris Exposition's Eiffel Tower. While his invention was a smashing success, Ferris would die less than four years later, at the age of 37, on the edge of bankruptcy, unable to claim enough of his share of the profits to cover his expenses.

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