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 - Edgar Ray Killen
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2005: Former Ku Klux Klan organizer Edgar Ray Killen is found guilty of three counts of manslaughter on the 41st anniversary of the slaying of three civil rights workers in Mississippi. He would be sentenced to 60 years in prison two days later. Killen's arrest on Jan. 6, 2005, marked the first time that anyone had faced state prosecution for the murders of the three volunteers, who were abducted and then killed on a remote road outside Philadelphia, Mississippi. The volunteers, all in their 20s, died while working to register black voters during the so-called Freedom Summer civil rights campaign in the once-segregated southern state. Their story was dramatized in the 1988 movie "Mississippi Burning."

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