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On this day in history - July 21

What Happened On This Day – July 21

  • 2011 STS-135 lands

    This space shuttle was the 135th and the last space shuttle flight of 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)

  • 1980 Mary Eugenia Charles is elected as PM of Dominica

    Her election to office made her the first female and the longest PM of the Commonwealth of Dominica. She is also the first elected female head of state in the Americas.

  • 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 space craft that carried them, landed on the Sea of Traquility on the Moon. After stepping on the Moon, Armstrong uttered his famous words, "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

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Births On This Day,
July 21

  • 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

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Deaths On This Day,
July 21

  • 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