This Day in History: June 21


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.

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.

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

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