On This Day

What Happened on July 21, 1960

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Country of Katanga forms in Africa
  • Francis Chichester arrive in NY aboard Gypsy Moth II, setting record of 40 days for a solo Atlantic crossing

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the world's 1st female head of state elected in modern times, as Prime Minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)

World's 1st Female Head of State Sirimavo Bandaranaike
World's 1st Female Head of State
Sirimavo Bandaranaike

Famous Birthdays

  • Fritz Walter, German footballer, born in Mannheim, Germany
  • Lance Guest, Saratoga California, actor (Lance-Lou Grant)
  • Matt Mulhern, American actor (Biloxi Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania