What Happened on July 21

Historical Events

  • 356 BC Herostratus sets fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
  • 365 Crete Earthquake followed by tsunami around the Eastern Mediterranean allegedly destroys Alexandria
  • 1904 After 13 years, the 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway is completed
  • 1969 Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT)
  • 1970 Aswan Dam opens in Egypt, enables human control of the flooding of the Nile
  • 2015 HistoryOrb.com becomes OnThisDay.com
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Did You Know?

In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown.

On July 21, 1865

Famous Weddings

  • 1320 Count Louis of Nevers marries 8-year old daughter of Philips V
  • 1871 Suffragette Kate Sheppard (24) weds general merchant Walter Allen Sheppard in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1904 Sinclair Oil founder Harry Ford Sinclair (28) weds Elizabeth Farrell
  • 1945 Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (54) weds Kay Marvis
  • 2005 Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

Famous Divorces

  • 1942 Actress Mae West (48) divorces vaudeville performer Frank Wallace after 31 years of marriage
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