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July 21st, 2005 (July 21 2005)EventFour terrorist bombings, occurring exactly two weeks after the similar July 7 bombings, target London s public transportation system. All four bombs fail to detonate and all four suspected suicide bombers were captured, convicted and imprisoned for long terms.
July 21st, 2004 (July 21 2004)EventThe United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country s armed forces.
July 21st, 2002 (July 21 2002)EventTelecom giant WorldCom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the largest such filing in United States history.
July 21st, 1997 (July 21 1997)EventThe fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.
July 21st, 1995 (July 21 1995)EventThird Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People s Liberation Army begins firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.
July 21st, 1994 (July 21 1994)EventTony Blair is declared the winner of the leadership election of the British Labour Party, paving the way to him becoming Prime Minister in 1997.Tony Blair Quotes
July 21st, 1983 (July 21 1983)EventThe world s lowest temperature is recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at ?89.2C (?129F).
July 21st, 1977 (July 21 1977)EventStart of a four day long Libyan-Egyptian War.
July 21st, 1976 (July 21 1976)EventChristopher Ewart-Biggs British ambassador to the Republic of Ireland is assassinated by the Provisional IRA.
July 21st, 1973 (July 21 1973)EventIn the Lillehammer affair in Norway, Israeli Mossad agents kill a waiter whom they mistakenly thought was involved in 1972 s Munich Olympics Massacre.
July 21st, 1972 (July 21 1972)EventBloody Friday bombing by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) around Belfast, Northern Ireland22 bomb explosions, 9 people killed and 130 people seriously injured.
July 21st, 1970 (July 21 1970)EventAfter 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed.
July 21st, 1969 (July 21 1969)EventNeil A. Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission.Neil Armstrong Quotes
July 21st, 1961 (July 21 1961)EventMercury program: Mercury-Redstone 4 MissionGus Grissom piloting "Liberty Bell 7" becomes the second American to go into space (in a suborbital mission).
July 21st, 1960 (July 21 1960)EventSirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the first woman prime minister in the world, making her the first elected female national leader in the world (Sri Lanka).
July 21st, 1954 (July 21 1954)EventFirst Indochina War: The Geneva Conference partitions Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
July 21st, 1944 (July 21 1944)EventWorld War II: Battle of GuamAmerican troops land on Guam starting the battle (ends on August 10).
July 21st, 1931 (July 21 1931)EventCBS s New York City station begins broadcasting the first regular seven days a week television schedule in the U.S.
July 21st, 1925 (July 21 1925)EventScopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100.
July 21st, 1877 (July 21 1877)EventAfter rioting by Baltimore and Ohio Railroad workers and the deaths of nine rail workers at the hands of the Maryland militia, workers in Pittsburgh stage a sympathy strike that is met with an assault by the state militia.
July 21st, 1873 (July 21 1873)EventAt Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American West.
July 21st, 1865 (July 21 1865)EventIn the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots Dave Tutt dead in what is regarded as the first true western showdown.
July 21st, 1861 (July 21 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: First Battle of Bull RunAt Manassas Junction, Virginia, the first major battle of the war begins (Confederate victory).
July 21st, 1831 (July 21 1831)EventInauguration of Leopold I of Belgium, first king of the Belgians.
July 21st, 1774 (July 21 1774)EventRusso-Turkish War, 1768-1774: Russia and the Ottoman Empire sign the Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainarji ending the war.
July 21st, 1718 (July 21 1718)EventTreaty of Passarowitz between the Ottoman Empire, Austria and the Republic of Venice is signed.
July 21st, 1568 (July 21 1568)EventEighty Years War: Battle of JemmingenFernando Alvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alva defeats Louis of NassauAl Alvarez Quotes
July 21st, 1545 (July 21 1545)EventThe first landing of French troops onto the coast of the Isle of Wight during the French invasion of the Isle of Wight occurs.
July 21st, 1403 (July 21 1403)EventBattle of Shrewsbury: King Henry IV of England defeats rebels to the north of the county town of Shropshire, England
July 21st, 0356 (July 21 0356)EventA young man called Herostratus set fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
July 21st, 0285 (July 21 0285)EventDiocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler.

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