On This Day

On This Day in History for July 21 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1977 Sanjiva Reddy is elected sixth President of India unopposed
  • 1978 Bolivian military coup under General Juan Pereda, President Hugo Banzer flees
  • 1978 US Postal Service & unions agree on a contract averting mail strike
  • 1978 World's strongest dog, 80-kg St Bernard, pulls 2909-kg load 27 m
  • 1979 National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, NY) dedicated
  • 1980 Jean-Claude Droyer climbs Eiffel Tower in 2 hrs 18 mins
  • 1981 Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43
  • 1982 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1983 Polish government ends 19 months of martial law
  • 1983 US announces Lebanon freed American hostage David Dodge
  • 1983 World's lowest-ever natural temperature recorded −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K) at Soviet Vostok Station, Antarctica
  • 1984 Marita Koch of East Germany sets world women's mark for 200m, 21.71s
  • 1984 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • 1985 Amina Fakir (Detroit), 23, crowned 18th Miss Black America
  • 1986 Pleasure Island plans unveiled
  • 1988 ESA's Ariane-3 launches 2 communications satellites (1 Indian)

  • 1988 Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepts Democratic nomination for president
  • 1989 Eastern Airlines submits a reorganization plan to creditors
  • 1990 Goodwill Games opens in Seattle, Washington
  • 1991 Sharmell Sullivan (Gary Indiana), 20, crowned 23rd Miss Black America

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1994 Tony Blair is declared the winner of the leadership election of the British Labour Party, paving the way for him to become Prime Minister in 1997

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 1997 The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday, setting sail for the first time in 116 years
  • 2002 Telecom giant WorldCom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the then largest such filing in United States history
  • 2004 The United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country's armed forces
  • 2005 Four terrorist bombers target London's public transportation system, exactly two weeks after the July 7 bombings. All four bombs fail to detonate leading to the capture of all the bombers.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide. 11 million copies sell in 24 hrs

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • 2008 Bosnian-Serb war criminal Radovan Karadžić is arrested in Serbia and is indicted by the UN's ICTY tribunal
  • 2011 NASA's Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135
  • 2013 15 Egyptian Army soldiers are killed after their bus crashes into a truck on the Mediterranean Coast Highway
  • 2013 12 people are killed in a clash between two Muslim families in Lanao del Sur, Philippines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Philippe of Belgium becomes King of the Belgiums after his father King Albert II's earlier abdication

King of Belgium Philippe of Belgium
King of Belgium
Philippe of Belgium
  • 2014 After 3 weeks, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has struck about 2,800 targets in Gaza, while Gaza has fired 1,497 rockets at Israel
  • 2015 On This Day changes its domain name and brand from HistoryOrb.com to OnThisDay.com
  • 2017 White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns after opposing appointment of Anthony Scaramucci
  • 2018 India scraps tax on sanitary products after campaign by activists
  • 2019 Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rosselló says he won't seek re-election after widespread protests over misogynistic and homophobic comments in his leaked online chats
  • 2019 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Playing in torrential rain, Irishman Shane Lowry wins his first major title by 6 strokes from Tommy Fleetwood of England
  • 2020 Former Sudanese leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir goes on trial in Khartoum for the 1989 coup that toppled the government
  • 2020 Russian interference in British politics is 'the new normal' according to report by British Intelligence and Security Committee
  • 2020 European Union agrees huge €750 billion ($859 billion) post-COVID-19 stimulus bill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Stage 1 of the controversial filling of Blue Nile River dam announced completed by Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed
Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Abiy Ahmed

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