This Day in History: June 21.

  • (2009) Greenland assumes self-rule from Denmark.
  • (2004) SpaceShipOne completes the world’s first manned private spaceflight.
  • (1985) The body of Josef Mengele ( nazi war criminal) is identified.
  • (1963) Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini becomes Pope Paul VI.
  • (1895) The Kiel Canal is opened by German Emperor Wilhelm II.

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