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 - Santa Anna
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1876: Mexican political leader, general, and 11-time president Antonio López de Santa Anna dies from a stroke at the age of 82 in Mexico City. Santa Anna fought first against Mexican independence from Spain and then in support of it, with his military failures resulting in Mexico losing just over half its territory, beginning with the Texas Revolution.

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