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 - John Lee Hooker
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2001: Blues singer-songwriter and guitarist John Lee Hooker, whose best known songs include "Boogie Chillen'," "I'm in the Mood" and "Boom Boom," dies at the age of 83 in Los Altos, California. Hooker developed a "talking blues" style that became his trademark and recorded more than 100 albums in his lifetime. He won four Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

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