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

  • 1545
    The first landing of French troops on the coast of the Isle of Wight during the French invasion of the Isle of Wight.
  • 1873
    At Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West.
  • 1914
    The Crown council of Romania decides the country shall remain neutral in World War I
  • 1918
    SMU U-156 shells Nauset Beach, in Orleans, Massachusetts.
  • 1925
    Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100.
  • 1925
    Sir Malcolm Campbell becomes the first man to break the 150 mph land barrier at Pendine Sands in Wales. He drove a Sunbeam at a two-way average speed of 150.33 mph.
  • 1961
    Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 4 Mission – Gus Grissom piloting Liberty Bell 7 becomes the second American to go into space (in a suborbital mission).
  • 1972
    Bloody Friday bombings by the Provisional IRA around Belfast, Northern Ireland – 22 bombs are detonated, killing 9 and seriously injuring 130.
  • 1983
    The world’s lowest temperature is recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at -89.2 °C.
  • 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?

  • 1710
    Paul Möhring, German physician (d. 1792)
  • 1926
    Queenie Watts, English actress (d. 1980)
  • 1933
    John Gardner, American author (d. 1982)
  • 1945
    Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (d. 2008)
  • 1949
    Hirini Melbourne, New Zealand musician and composer
  • 1956
    Michael Connelly, American author
  • 1957
    Jon Lovitz, American comedian
  • 1972
    Shinjiro Otani, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1984
    Jurrick Juliana, Dutch footballer
  • 1985
    Vanessa Lengies, Canadian actress

Who died on July 21?

  • 1425
    Manuel II Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1350)
  • 1688
    James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, English statesman and soldier (b. 1610)
  • 1880
    Hiram Walden, American politician (b. 1800)
  • 1889
    Nelson Dewey, American politician (b. 1813)
  • 1943
    Charlie Paddock, American athlete (b. 1900)
  • 1986
    Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
  • 1998
    Alan Shepard, American astronaut (b. 1923)
  • 2004
    Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2005
    Alfred Hayes, British wrestling announcer (b. 1928)
  • 2011
    Lucian Freud, Realist painter (b. 1922)

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