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UPI Almanac for Monday, June 21, 2021

On June 21, 2005, a Mississippi jury convicted 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen of manslaughter in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison and died in 2018.

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On June 21, 2005, a Mississippi jury convicted 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen of manslaughter in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison and died in 2018. File Photo courtesy of the FBI
On June 21, 2005, a Mississippi jury convicted 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen of manslaughter in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison and died in 2018. File Photo courtesy of the FBI

Today is Monday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2021 with 193 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include Saint/Pope Leo IX in 1002; Rep. Joseph Hayne Rainey in 1832; Boy Scouts of America founder Daniel Carter Beard in 1850; cartoonist Al Hirschfeld in 1903; philosopher/author Jean-Paul Sartre in 1905; actor Jane Russell in 1921; actor Maureen Stapleton in 1925; singer O.C. Smith in 1932; actor Bernie Kopell in 1933 (age 88); actor Monte Markham in 1935 (age 86); actor Ron Ely in 1938 (age 83); actor/TV host Mariette Hartley in 1940 (age 81); comic actor Joe Flaherty in 1941 (age 80); musician Ray Davies in 1944 (age 77); actor Michael Gross in 1947 (age 74); actor Meredith Baxter in 1947 (age 74); Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi in 1947 (age 74); writer Ian McEwan in 1948 (age 73); musician Nils Lofgren in 1951 (age 70); two-time Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto in 1953; actor Robert Pastorelli in 1954; country singer Kathy Mattea in 1959 (age 62); sportscaster Kevin Harlan in 1960 (age 61); Indonesian President Joko Widodo in 1961 (age 60); actor David Morrissey in 1964 (age 57); Yingluck Shinawatra, ousted in May 2014 as prime minister of Thailand, in 1967 (age 54); actor Juliette Lewis in 1973 (age 48); actor Chris Pratt in 1979 (age 42); rock musician Brandon Flowers in 1981 (age 40); Britain's Prince William in 1982 (age 39); actor Jussie Smollett in 1983 (age 38); Edward Snowden, former CIA employee who exposed government secrets, in 1983 (age 38); actor Michael Malarkey in 1983 (age 38); singer Lana Del Rey in 1985 (age 36); actor Natalie Alyn Lind in 1999 (age 22).

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On this date in history:

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In 1788, the U.S. Constitution became effective when it was ratified by a ninth state, New Hampshire.

In 1942, German forces, led by Gen. Erwin Rommel, took control of Tobruk, Libya, in an assault on British forces. The North African city was a key port on the Mediterranean Sea.

In 1945, Japanese defenders of Okinawa surrendered to U.S. troops.

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In 1964, Ku Klux Klan members killed three civil rights activists -- James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner -- and hid their bodies in unmarked graves. An informer led the FBI to the three men's graves 44 days later.

In 1982, John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the March 1981 shootings of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three other people who were also wounded. Hinckley has been in a hospital in Washington, with permission in recent years to spend time outside the institution with his family.

In 1985, international experts in Sao Paulo, Brazil, conclusively identified the bones of a 1979 drowning victim as the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele, a Nazi war criminal, ending a 40-year search for the "angel of death" of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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In 1990, an earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale struck northwestern Iran, killing up to 50,000 people.

In 1997, Cambodia announced the capture of former Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot.

In 2000, NASA announced that its Mars Global Surveyor had spotted grooved surface features, suggesting a relatively recent water flow on the planet.

In 2005, a Mississippi jury convicted 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen of manslaughter in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison and died in 2018.

In 2008, nearly 1,400 people, most of them on a ferry that capsized, were killed in Typhoon Fengshen in the Philippines.

In 2011, a RusAir passenger plane flying from Moscow to Petrozavodsk in rain and fog crashed on a highway near an airport and broke apart in flames. Forty-four people died, eight survived.

In 2020, the guitar late rock star Kurt Cobain used during his band Nirvana's 1993 MTV Unplugged performance sold for more than $6 million at auction.


A thought for the day: "When the rich wage war it's the poor who die." -- French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre

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