On This Day

Historical Figures Born in July 1921

  • Jul 1 Seretse Khama, 1st President of Botswana (1966-80), born in Serowe, Botswana (d. 1980)
  • Jul 4 Gérard Debreu, French-American economist (Nobel 1983), born in Calais, France (d. 2004)

Nancy Reagan

Jul 6 Nancy Reagan [Anne Frances Robbins], US First Lady (1981-89), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

Dmitri Polyakov

Jul 6 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, born in Ukraine (d. 1988)

  • Jul 7 Adolf von Thadden, German politician (d. 1996)
  • Jul 9 Jacob J. Hage, Dutch farmer and WW II resistance fighter
  • Jul 10 Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of popular 'smiley-face' graphic, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
  • Jul 13 Friedrich Peter, Austrian poltitician (d. 2005)
  • Jul 14 Geoffrey Wilkinson, English chemist (1973 Nobel Prize - organometallic compounds), born in Todmorden, England (d. 1996)
  • Jul 14 Leon Garfield, English children's author (Devil-in-the-Fog), born in Brighton, England (d. 1996)
  • Jul 14 Sixto Durán Ballén, Ecuadorian politician, President of Ecuador (1992-96), born in Boston, America (d. 2016)
  • Jul 16 Trevor Illtyd Williams, scientific writer, born in Bristol, England (d. 1996)
  • Jul 16 Bernard W. Rogers, United States Army general who served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, born in Fairview, Kansas (d. 2008)

John Glenn

Jul 18 John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), born in Cambridge, Ohio (d. 2016)

  • Jul 19 Rosalyn Yalow, American medical physicist (Nobel 1977), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • Jul 22 William Roth, American politician (Sen-R-Delaware, 1971-2001), born in Great Falls, Montana (d. 2003)
  • Jul 23 Harry Hookway, English first Chief Executive of the British Library (1973-84), born in London, England (d. 2014)
  • Jul 23 Peter Twiss, British test pilot (breaking the World Air Speed Record and being the first person to exceed 1,000 mph in flight), born in Lindfield, Sussex (d. 2011)
  • Jul 25 John Christopherson, English artist and collector, born in Blackheath, London (d. 1996)
  • Jul 29 Aled Eames, Welsh maritime historian, born in Llandudno (d. 1996)
  • Jul 30 Jacques Van der Schueren, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, born in Aalst, Belgium (d. 1997)
  • Jul 31 Whitney Young Jr, American civil rights leader, head of the Urban League, born in Shelby County, Kentucky (d. 1971)
  • Jul 31 Peter Benenson, British founder of Amnesty International, born in London (d. 2005)

About July 1921

How Old? 100 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Signs: Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 22), Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22)