This Day in History: June 21

World War II: Okinawa

1945 – Japanese forces defeated on Okinawa. Japanese resistance on Okinawa was finally crushed this day in 1945, less than three months after U.S. troops landed there as the last stepping-stone before the planned assault on Japan‘s main islands in World War II.

Prince William

1982 – Prince William of Wales (later Prince William, duke of Cambridge) was born to Charles, prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, and Diana, princess of Wales.

Pope Paul VI

1963 – Paul VI was elected pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

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