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
The first landing of French troops on the coast of the Isle of Wight during the French invasion of the Isle of Wight.
At Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West.
The Crown council of Romania decides the country shall remain neutral in World War I
SMU U-156 shells Nauset Beach, in Orleans, Massachusetts.
Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100.
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.
Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 4 Mission – Gus Grissom piloting Liberty Bell 7 becomes the second American to go into space (in a suborbital mission).
Bloody Friday bombings by the Provisional IRA around Belfast, Northern Ireland – 22 bombs are detonated, killing 9 and seriously injuring 130.
The world’s lowest temperature is recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at -89.2 °C.
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?
Paul Möhring, German physician (d. 1792)
Queenie Watts, English actress (d. 1980)
John Gardner, American author (d. 1982)
Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (d. 2008)
Hirini Melbourne, New Zealand musician and composer
Michael Connelly, American author
Jon Lovitz, American comedian
Shinjiro Otani, Japanese professional wrestler
Jurrick Juliana, Dutch footballer
Vanessa Lengies, Canadian actress
Who died on July 21?
Manuel II Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1350)
James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, English statesman and soldier (b. 1610)
Hiram Walden, American politician (b. 1800)
Nelson Dewey, American politician (b. 1813)
Charlie Paddock, American athlete (b. 1900)
Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
Alan Shepard, American astronaut (b. 1923)
Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1918)
Alfred Hayes, British wrestling announcer (b. 1928)
Lucian Freud, Realist painter (b. 1922)
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