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 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 163 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 8, 2021 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 27,113,760 minutes 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 195 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 3,134 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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July 21 Historical Events
Pope Pontian succeeds Urban I as the eighteenth pope.
The first landing of French troops on the coast of the Isle of Wight during the French invasion of the Isle of Wight.
Eighty Years’ War: Battle of Jemmingen – Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alva defeats Louis of Nassau.
American Civil War: First Battle of Bull Run – at Manassas Junction, Virginia, the first major battle of the war begins and ends in a victory for the Confederate army.
In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first western showdown.
At Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West.
The dirigible Wingfoot Air Express crashes into the Illinois Trust and Savings Building in Chicago, killing 12 people.
First Indochina War: The Geneva Conference partitions Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed.
Four terrorist bombings, occurring exactly two weeks after the similar July 7 bombings, target London’s public transportation system. All four bombs fail to detonate and all four suspected suicide bombers are captured and later convicted and imprisoned for long terms.
Who were born on July 21?
Constance Dowling, American actress (d. 1969)
Norbert Blüm, German politician
Barry Whitwam, British musician (Herman’s Hermits)
Al Hrabosky, baseball player
John Barrasso, American politician
Sarah Waters, British novelist
Emerson Hart, American musician (Tonic)
Anderson, Brazilian footballer
Josh Hartnett, American actor
Kellen Winslow II, American football player
Who died on July 21?
Henry Percy, English nobleman and soldier (b. 1364)
Charlie Paddock, American athlete (b. 1900)
Albert Lutuli, South African politician, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Ruth St. Denis, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1878)
Bob Kalsu, American football player (b. 1945)
Lee Miller, American photographer (b. 1907)
Alan Shepard, American astronaut (b. 1923)
Herbert “Herbie” Kalin, American singer (The Kalin Twins) (b. 1934)
Ta Mok, Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader (b. 1926)
Dubravko Škiljan, Croatian linguist known for his work on Classical philology and semiotics (b. 1949)
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