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
Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar and co-ruler.
The Treaty of Passarowitz between the Ottoman Empire, Austria and the Republic of Venice is signed.
Inauguration of Leopold I of Belgium, first king of the Belgians.
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.
The United States Senate ratifies the North Atlantic Treaty.
After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed.
Christopher Ewart-Biggs British ambassador to the Republic of Ireland is assassinated by the Provisional IRA.
Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People’s Liberation Army begins firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.
The fully restored USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.
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?
Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1768)
Paul Burke, American actor (d. 2009)
John Lowe, English darts player
Michael Connelly, American author
Paulo Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist
Johnnie Barnes, American football player
Jaime Murray, British actress
Damian Marley, Jamaican musician
Tamika Catchings, American basketball player
Chelsie Hightower, American professional dancer (Dancing with the Stars, former So You Think You Can Dance contestant)
Who died on July 21?
Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, French explorer (b. 1739)
Charlie Paddock, American athlete (b. 1900)
Gualberto Villarroel, Bolivian politician (b. 1908)
Arshile Gorky, Armenian-born American artist (b. 1904)
Basil Rathbone, English actor (b. 1892)
Mikhail Gerasimov, Russian anthropologist and sculptor (b. 1907)
Lee Miller, American photographer (b. 1907)
Sivaji Ganesan, Indian Tamil actor (b. 1927)
Ta Mok, Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader (b. 1926)
Luis Corvalán, Chilean communist leader (b. 1916)
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