What happened this day in history July 21

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

  • 230
    Pope Pontian succeeds Urban I as the eighteenth pope.
  • 1545
    The first landing of French troops on the coast of the Isle of Wight during the French invasion of the Isle of Wight.
  • 1568
    Eighty Years’ War: Battle of Jemmingen – Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alva defeats Louis of Nassau.
  • 1861
    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.
  • 1865
    In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first western showdown.
  • 1873
    At Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West.
  • 1919
    The dirigible Wingfoot Air Express crashes into the Illinois Trust and Savings Building in Chicago, killing 12 people.
  • 1954
    First Indochina War: The Geneva Conference partitions Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
  • 1970
    After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed.
  • 2005
    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?

  • 1920
    Constance Dowling, American actress (d. 1969)
  • 1935
    Norbert Blüm, German politician
  • 1946
    Barry Whitwam, British musician (Herman’s Hermits)
  • 1949
    Al Hrabosky, baseball player
  • 1952
    John Barrasso, American politician
  • 1966
    Sarah Waters, British novelist
  • 1969
    Emerson Hart, American musician (Tonic)
  • 1978
    Anderson, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978
    Josh Hartnett, American actor
  • 1983
    Kellen Winslow II, American football player

Who died on July 21?

  • 1403
    Henry Percy, English nobleman and soldier (b. 1364)
  • 1943
    Charlie Paddock, American athlete (b. 1900)
  • 1967
    Albert Lutuli, South African politician, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • 1968
    Ruth St. Denis, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1878)
  • 1970
    Bob Kalsu, American football player (b. 1945)
  • 1977
    Lee Miller, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • 1998
    Alan Shepard, American astronaut (b. 1923)
  • 2006
    Herbert “Herbie” Kalin, American singer (The Kalin Twins) (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Ta Mok, Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader (b. 1926)
  • 2007
    Dubravko Škiljan, Croatian linguist known for his work on Classical philology and semiotics (b. 1949)

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