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

  • 365
    A tsunami devastates the city of Alexandria, Egypt. The tsunami was caused by the Crete earthquake estimated to be 8.0 on the Richter Scale. 5,000 people perished in Alexandria, and 45,000 more died outside the city.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 1944
    World War II: Battle of Guam – American troops land on Guam starting the battle. It would end on August 10.
  • 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.
  • 1995
    Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People’s Liberation Army begins firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.

Who were born on July 21?

  • 1620
    Jean Picard, French astronomer (d. 1682)
  • 1945
    Barry Richards, Former South African cricketer
  • 1946
    Kenneth Starr, American lawyer
  • 1948
    Garry Trudeau, American cartoonist
  • 1955
    Henry Priestman, British keyboardist and singer
  • 1963
    Kevin Poole, English footballer
  • 1963
    Paulo Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • 1969
    Emerson Hart, American musician (Tonic)
  • 1981
    Chrishell Stause, American actress
  • 1981
    Joaquín Sánchez, Spanish footballer

Who died on July 21?

  • 1688
    James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, English statesman and soldier (b. 1610)
  • 1793
    Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, French explorer (b. 1739)
  • 1798
    François Sebastien Charles Joseph de Croix, Count of Clerfayt, Austrian field marshal (b. 1733)
  • 1889
    Nelson Dewey, American politician (b. 1813)
  • 1944
    Claus von Stauffenberg, German military officer and head of the failed 20 July Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler (b. 1907)
  • 1977
    Lee Miller, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • 2001
    Sivaji Ganesan, Indian Tamil actor (b. 1927)
  • 2004
    Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (b. 1929)
  • 2006
    Herbert “Herbie” Kalin, American singer (The Kalin Twins) (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Mako, Japanese-born American actor (b. 1933)

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