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 - Al Campanis
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1998: Former major-league baseball player and Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Al Campanis dies of coronary artery disease at age 81 in Fullerton, California. He became the Dodgers' general manager in 1968, but was forced by the team to resign in April 1987 over remarks he had made while on ABC's "Nightline," saying that blacks "may not have some of the necessities" to hold managerial jobs in Major League Baseball.

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