21 July

21 July

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about July 21st, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about July 21st in history!

Global Celebrations

  • National Lamington Day
  • National Junk Food Day

Historic Events

2011: STS-135 lands – This space shuttle was the 135th and the last space shuttle flight of the American Space Shuttle program.

1983 Lowest temperature ever measured on Earth: Vostok Station, a Russian station on Antarctica experienced the lowest temperatures ever measured in recorded human history. The temperatures fell to −128.6 °F (−89.2 °C)

1977: Libyan–Egyptian War begins
This short war between Libya and Egypt started with Libya striking Egyptian cities. The war lasted for 2 days with a ceasefire on July 24.

1969: First person walks on the Moon
Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon. He stepped on the Moon’s surface almost 7 hours after Apollo 11, the spacecraft that carried them, landed on the Sea of Tranquillity on the Moon. After stepping on the Moon, Armstrong uttered his famous words, “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Famous Birthdays

1948: Cat Stevens – English singer-songwriter, musician

1946: Ken Starr – American lawyer, judge

1911: Marshall McLuhan – Canadian author, theorist

1899: Ernest Hemingway – American writer, Nobel Prize laureate

1693 Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle – English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Heartbreaking Deaths

2004: Jerry Goldsmith – American composer, conductor

2001: Sivaji Ganesan – Indian actor

1982: Dave Garroway – American journalist

1944: Claus von Stauffenberg – German army officer, member of the 20 July plot

1796: Robert Burns – Scottish poet

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