On This Day

What Happened on July 20, 2021

Historical Events

  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos goes into space in first unpiloted suborbital flight with all-civilian crew, aboard rocket developed by his company Blue Origin
  • India's COVID-19 death toll likely 10 times its official toll, 3.4 million to 4.7 million (to June 2021), according to The Center for Global Development [1]
  • Leyna Bloom becomes Sports Illustrated's first transgender cover model
  • NBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks beat Phoenix Suns, 105-98 in Game 6 to win first title in 50 years (1971); MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, 50 points in Game 6
  • New York records the worst air quality in the world due to smoke from 80 wild fires on the US west coast [1]
  • Oregon's Bootleg fire has burnt nearly 400,000 acres, now so big it's generating its own weather patterns according to local fire chiefs
  • Torrential rain causes severe flooding in China's Hunan province, flooding subways with people still on the trains, killing at least 12 people in Zhengzhou city [1]
  • US, NATO members and other states accuse China's Ministry of State Security for using "contract criminal hackers" to infiltrate Microsoft email systems [1]

Famous Deaths

  • Jerry Granelli, American-Canadian jazz drummer (Vince Guaraldi Trio; Mose Allison), dies at 80
2021 Highlights

About July 20, 2021

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 9 days
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Cancer