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, 451,896 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 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

  • 285
    Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar and co-ruler.
  • 1718
    The Treaty of Passarowitz between the Ottoman Empire, Austria and the Republic of Venice is signed.
  • 1831
    Inauguration of Leopold I of Belgium, first king of the Belgians.
  • 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.
  • 1949
    The United States Senate ratifies the North Atlantic Treaty.
  • 1970
    After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed.
  • 1976
    Christopher Ewart-Biggs British ambassador to the Republic of Ireland is assassinated by the Provisional IRA.
  • 1995
    Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People’s Liberation Army begins firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.
  • 1997
    The fully restored USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.
  • 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?

  • 1693
    Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1768)
  • 1926
    Paul Burke, American actor (d. 2009)
  • 1945
    John Lowe, English darts player
  • 1956
    Michael Connelly, American author
  • 1963
    Paulo Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • 1968
    Johnnie Barnes, American football player
  • 1977
    Jaime Murray, British actress
  • 1978
    Damian Marley, Jamaican musician
  • 1979
    Tamika Catchings, American basketball player
  • 1989
    Chelsie Hightower, American professional dancer (Dancing with the Stars, former So You Think You Can Dance contestant)

Who died on July 21?

  • 1793
    Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, French explorer (b. 1739)
  • 1943
    Charlie Paddock, American athlete (b. 1900)
  • 1946
    Gualberto Villarroel, Bolivian politician (b. 1908)
  • 1948
    Arshile Gorky, Armenian-born American artist (b. 1904)
  • 1967
    Basil Rathbone, English actor (b. 1892)
  • 1970
    Mikhail Gerasimov, Russian anthropologist and sculptor (b. 1907)
  • 1977
    Lee Miller, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • 2001
    Sivaji Ganesan, Indian Tamil actor (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    Ta Mok, Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Luis Corvalán, Chilean communist leader (b. 1916)

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