July 21 History

July is the seventh month of the year in our modern-day Gregorian calendar. In older versions of the ancient Roman calendar, July was the fifth month of the year. July was previously called Quintilis in Latin as it was the fifth month in the ancient Roman calendar. It became the seventh month when January and February were added to the calendar.

July was originally Quintilis, the fifth month of the year in the Roman calendar and consisted of 31 days. Its name was changed during the Julian calendar reform in 45 BCE to honour Julius Caesar.

What Happened on This Day of History?

According to Gregory calendar, the day number is 365 in a year and if it is a leap year then the day number is 366. July 21 has its own special significance in India and world history.

In modern times, July also has 31 days. It is the warmest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the coldest month in the Southern hemisphere.

The page contains not only Important historical events but also famous birthdays and deaths each day. Search what happened today in Indian history and world history.

Here you will find some important events that happened today in Indian and world history on July 21. Read on to know more about this day.

List of Important Historical events of 21 July:

  • 1883: Star Theater, India’s first public theatre hall, was opened in Kolkata.
  • 1907: The passenger steamer SS Columbia kills 88 people after colliding with the steam schooner San Pedro at Shelter Cove, California.
  • 1919: The Durable Wingfoot Air Express crashes into the Illinois Trust and Savings Building in Chicago, killing 12 people.
  • 1949: The United States Senate ratifies the North Atlantic Treaty.
  • 1951: Robin Williams, the American comedian, was born.
  • The 1952 -7.3 M Kern County earthquake struck Southern California with a maximum Mercalli magnitude of XI (Extreme), killing 12 and injuring hundreds.
  • 1959: NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, by Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Atoms for a Peace initiative.
  • 1959: Elijah Jerry Pumpsey Green becomes the first African-American to play for the Boston Red Sox.
  • 1960: Sirimao Bandaranaike is elected Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, becoming the world’s first female head of government.
  • 1961: Mercury Program: Mercury-Redstone 4 Mission: Grus Grissom becomes the second American to go into space operating the Liberty Bell 7.
  • 1963: Kashi Vidyapeeth got the status of a university.
  • 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 four-day long Libya-Egyptian War begins.
  • 1983: The world’s lowest temperature in a single habitat was recorded at Vostok Station in Antarctica at -8.2 °C (-128.6 °F).
  • 1995: Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People’s Liberation Army begins firing missiles into the waters in the north of Taiwan.
  • 2005: The July 2005 London bombing took place.
  • 2008: Ram Baran Yadav was declared the first President of Nepal.
  • 2011: NASA’s Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Famous birthdays and birth anniversaries on this day

  • 1899: Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel laureate and American novelist was born.
  • 1911: Umashankar Joshi, the Jnanpith awardee and famous Gujarati litterateur was born.
  • 1930: Anand Bakshi, an Indian poet and film lyricist was born.

Death anniversaries of famous people in India and the world

  • 1906: Vyomesh Chandra Banerjee, the first President of the Indian National Congress, died.
  • 1972: Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third king of Bhutan, died.
  • 1995: Sajjad Hussain, the famous composer of Indian Hindi cinema, died.
  • 2001: Sivaji Ganesan, the famous Tamil actor, died.
  • 2009: Gangubai Hangal, the famous singer of ‘Indian classical music, died.

The Most Important Historical events of July Month

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Also See: Today in Indian and World History – What Happened Today In History


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