On This Day in History: June 21

On June 21, a man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Regan was found “not guilty.” Here’s a look at events and birthdays today in history.

1684: Massachusetts Bay Colony Charter Revoked

On this day in British history, King Charles II of England and Scotland revoked the Massachusetts Bay Colony charter. The charter was required to allow the colonies legal rights to exist. The charter was originally given to business corporations in 1629, allowing Salem and Boston colonies to develop. In 1684 the original charter was revoked and turned into a royal charter. The charter would change against in 1691, under William III of England, to a liberal charter.

Charles II

1778: The Ratification of the U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Constitution became an official law of the United States, after New Hampshire ratified it. The state was the nine and last needed state to make the Constitution official law. The U.S. Constitution replace the Articles of Confederation, which were introduced in 1786 after the Revolutionary War, due to some serious defects. Congress endorsed the new constitution in 1787 and three months later 38 our of 41 delegates approved it. Five states immediately ratified it, but it took longer for others to follow and some compromises were needed before this did. Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution.

1982: John W. Hinckley Found ‘Not Guilty’ of Attempted Assassination

The world believed that John W. Hinckley would be found guilty of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Regan in 1981. However, Hinckley had a strong defense team, who used his narcissistic personality disorder (with medical evidence) to claim insanity. He didn’t completely get out of things freely. He was sent to the mental institution St. Elizabeth’s Hospital due to his threat to society. It was only from the late 1990s that he was allowed some supervised trips out and the Secret Service now monitors his unsupervised trips to his parents.

Famous Birthdays on June 21

Pope Leo IX—1002

King Boleslaus V of Poland—1226

Maria of Spain, Holy Roman Empire Empress—1528

First Romanov Tsar of Russia, Michael Fjodorovitsj—1596

U.S. Vice President Daniel D Tompkins—1774

Writer Wolfgang Menzel—1798

1st African American in US House of Representatives, Joseph Rainey—1832

Petrologist Norman L. Bowen—1887

Author Mary McCarthy—1912

Saatchi & Saatchi CEO, Maurice Saatchi—1946

President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo—1961

Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt—1979

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge—1982

The Vampire Diaries actor Michael Malarkey—1983

Sources:

Featured image from Deposit Photos

Birthdays from OnThisDay.com and FamousBirthdays.com

King Charles II: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_II_of_England#/media/File:King_Charles_II_by_John_Michael_Wright_or_studio.jpg


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