About July 21

July 21, 2021 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.

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Cancer is the sun 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.

What Happened On July 21

  • 230
    Pope Pontian succeeds Urban I as the eighteenth pope.
  • 365
    A tsunami devastates the city of Alexandria, Egypt. The tsunami was caused by the Crete earthquake estimated to be 8.0 on the Richter Scale. 5,000 people perished in Alexandria, and 45,000 more died outside the city.
  • 1403
    Battle of Shrewsbury: King Henry IV of England defeats rebels to the north of the county town of Shropshire, England.
  • 1718
    The Treaty of Passarowitz between the Ottoman Empire, Austria and the Republic of Venice is signed.
  • 1774
    Russo-Turkish War, 1768-1774: Russia and the Ottoman Empire sign the Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainarji ending the war.
  • 1831
    Inauguration of Leopold I of Belgium, first king of the Belgians.
  • 1904
    Louis Rigolly, a Frenchman, becomes the first man to break the 100 mph barrier on land. He drove a 15-liter Gobron-Brille in Ostend, Belgium.
  • 1914
    The Crown council of Romania decides the country shall remain neutral in World War I
  • 1925
    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.
  • 1944
    World War II: Battle of Guam – American troops land on Guam starting the battle. It would end on August 10.
  • 1944
    World War II: Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and fellow conspirators are executed in Berlin, Germany for the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
  • 1949
    The United States Senate ratifies the North Atlantic Treaty.
  • 1959
    Elijah Jerry “Pumpsie” Green becomes the first African-American to play for the Boston Red Sox, the last team to integrate. He came in as a pinch runner for Vic Wertz and stayed in as shortstop in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
  • 1961
    Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 4 Mission – Gus Grissom piloting Liberty Bell 7 becomes the second American to go into space (in a suborbital mission).
  • 1970
    After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed.
  • 1976
    Christopher Ewart-Biggs British ambassador to the Republic of Ireland is assassinated by the Provisional IRA.
  • 1977
    The start of the four day long Libyan-Egyptian War.
  • 1983
    The world’s lowest temperature is recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at -89.2 °C.
  • 1997
    The fully restored USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.
  • 2011
    NASA’s Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135.

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