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What are the important events that happened on July 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 21: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 21 is the 202nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 163 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 8, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 416,832 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectadigon’ day.

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Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 213 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,673 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 21 Historical Events

  • 1774
    Russo-Turkish War, 1768-1774: Russia and the Ottoman Empire sign the Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainarji ending the war.
  • 1877
    After rioting by Baltimore and Ohio Railroad workers and the deaths of nine rail workers at the hands of the Maryland militia, workers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania stage a sympathy strike that is met with an assault by the state militia.
  • 1914
    The Crown council of Romania decides the country shall remain neutral in World War I
  • 1954
    First Indochina War: The Geneva Conference partitions Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
  • 1997
    The fully restored USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.

Who were born on July 21?

  • 1938
    Les Aspin, American politician (d. 1995)
  • 1955
    Taco, Dutch singer
  • 1964
    Jens Weißflog, German ski jumper
  • 1978
    Kyoko Iwasaki, Japanese swimmer
  • 1985
    Paloma Faith, British singer

Who died on July 21?

  • 1889
    Nelson Dewey, American politician (b. 1813)
  • 1946
    Gualberto Villarroel, Bolivian politician (b. 1908)
  • 1948
    Arshile Gorky, Armenian-born American artist (b. 1904)
  • 1982
    Dave Garroway, American television host (b. 1913)
  • 2001
    Sivaji Ganesan, Indian Tamil actor (b. 1927)

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