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 - Louis XVI
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1791: King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family begin the Flight to Varennes during the French Revolution. Louis had hoped to eventually make it to Austria in order to initiate a counter-revolution, but he was recognized and his group arrested before they could reach their destination. The king's attempted flight provoked the charges of treason that ultimately led to his execution in 1793.

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