21 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Saint Philip Neri, 1515
  • Paul Julius von Reuter, 1816
  • Hart Crane, 1899
  • Ernest Hemingway, 1899
  • Marshall McLuhan, 1911
  • Isaac Stern, 1920
  • Don Knotts, 1924
  • Norman Jewison, 1926
  • Jonathan Miller, 1934
  • Janet Reno, 1938
  • Edward Herrmann, 1943
  • Cat Stevens (Yusef Islam), 1947
  • Garry Trudeau, 1949
  • Robin Williams, 1952
  • Jon Lovitz, 1957

Died On This Day:

  • Sir Henry Percy (Hotspur), 1403
  • Robert Burns, 1796
  • Robert G. Ingersoll, 1899
  • Ellen Terry, 1928
  • Basil Rathbone, 1967
  • Dave Garroway suicide, 1982
  • Joseph E. Levine, 1987
  • Robert Young, 1998
  • David Ogilvy, 1999
  • E. L. Doctorow, 2015

Today's Events:

  • 1403 - Henry IV defeats the Percys at the battle of Shrewsbury.
  • 1595 - Marquesas Islands discovered by Alvaro Mendana.
  • 1667 - Dutch cede New Netherland (America) to England ending the Second Anglo-Dutch War.
  • 1798 - Napoleon becomes master of Egypt at Battle of Pyramids; invents divisional square tactic.
  • 1831 - Prince Leopold I of Saxe-Coburg proclaimed first King of the Belgians as Belgium breaks from Netherlands.
  • 1853 - 843 acres of central Manhattan set aside for Central Park.
  • 1861 - First battle of Bull Run-indecisive Confederate victory in Civil War.
  • 1873 - The American West's first authentic train robbery-James Younger gang near Adair Iowa.
  • 1897 - Tate Gallery opens in London, 67 paintings of Sir Henry Tate on the site of Millbank prison by Thames.
  • 1931 - RCA's television station W2RBX broadcasts first scheduled TV show: Kate Smith sings.
  • 1944 - Americans occupy Guam.
  • 1954 - End of France war in Indochina.
  • 1960 - World's first woman premier sworn in: Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Ceylon.
  • 1969 - Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong becomes first man to walk on moon at 02:56:15 GMT "One small step for man..."
  • 1972 - Bloody Friday in Belfast - IRA explodes 21 bombs killing 9 injuring 130; IRA apologizes 30 yrs later.
  • 1976 - British ambassador to Ireland killed by land mine.
  • 2002 - Phone company Worldcom files for bankruptcy, second largest in history.
  • 2007 - At 12:01 a.m. the seventh and final Harry Potter book is released around the world and becomes the fastest selling book in history.
  • 2011 - NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis lands before dawn; the end of the Space Shuttle program after 30 years and 135 flights.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Victor of Marseilles
  • Lawrence of Brindisi

Holiday:

  • National Independence Day Belgium (1831)
  • Liberation Day celebrated in Guam

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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