What's Happening Today?
World Hydrography Day. It is celebrated every year on June 21st to commemorate the work of hydrographers. Hydrography is a branch of applied sciences dealing with measurements of the physical features of water bodies.
International Day of Yoga. It has been celebrated annually on June 21st since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in India. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in his UN address in 2014, suggested the date of 21st June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.
What Happened Today?
1. In 1982, John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan. On March 30, 1981, United States President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr. in Washington, D.C. as he was returning to his limousine after a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Hinckley believed the attack would impress actress Jodie Foster, with whom he had become obsessed.
2. In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397, that American flag-burning is a form of political protest protected by the First Amendment. This means that burning the national flag while protesting would not be prosecuted in court.
3. In 2009, Greenland assumed self-rule. In 2008 Greenland's citizens had approved the Greenlandic self-government referendum with a 75% vote in favor of a higher degree of autonomy. As a result of the referendum, Greenland took control of law enforcement, the coast guard, and the legal system, and the official language changed from Danish to Greenlandic on 21 June 2009.
1. 1982 – Prince William (in the photo) of the United Kingdom.
2. 1983 - Edward Joseph Snowden, former computer intelligence consultant who leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013 when he was an employee and subcontractor for the Central Intelligence Agency.