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On June the 21st
Pluto's newly discovered moons were officially christened Nix & Hydra.
SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded spacecraft to achieve spaceflight.
Canadian hockey coach, Roger Neilson, died at the age of 68. He is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential figure in the world of hockey throughout the 20th century.
The US Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest was protected under the US constitution.
American actress, Juliette Lewis, was born in Los Angeles, California.
American film director, Larry Wachowski, was born in Chicago. Along with his brother, Andrew, he is most known for having been the co -writer and director of the Matrix movie series.
French footballer, Michel Platini, was born in Jeuf. He is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.
Pakistani politician, Benazir Bhutto, was born in Karachi. She was elected to the office of prime minister of Pakistan in 1988 and was the first woman to lead a post-colonial Muslim country.
After a long battle the Japanese island of Okinawa fell to American forces.
During the course of the 2nd World War German forces captured the city of Tobruk from the British.
French philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, was born in Paris. He is considered as one of the great philosophers and writers of the 20th century and was a proponent of the existentialism movement. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1964, but he declined to accept it, stating that he did not want to align himself with any institution.
Guam became a US territory. To this day the Pacific island is an organized unincorporated territory of the United States.
Italian physicist, Carlo Matteucci, was born in Forli. He was an Italian physicist and neurophysiologist who was a pioneer in the study of bioelectricity.
The city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was founded. In 1996 the provincial government amalgamated all the municipalities within the boundaries of Halifax County into a single-tier regional government named Halifax Regional Municipality.
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