July 21, 2001


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National Ice Cream Month 
National Peach Month
National Picnic month

Anti-Boredom Month
National Recreation and Parks Month

Invite an Alien to Live with You Day - Celebrated on the birthday of Robin Williams, star of 'Mork and Mindy.' He was born on this day in 1952, in Chicago, Illinois. Sponsor: The Life of the Party.

Take a Monkey to Lunch Day - Celebrated on the anniversary of the 1925 conviction of John Scopes for teaching evolution. Sponsor: The Life of The Party.


Born on this Day
  • 1860: Composer Chauncey Olcott ("When Irish Eyes Are Smiling")

  • 1899: Poet Hart Crane

  • 1899: Author Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois.

  • 1920: Violinist Isaac Stern

  • 1921: Jazz musician-critic Billy Taylor

  • 1922: Singer Kay Starr

  • 1924: Actor-comedian Don Knotts

  • 1926: Movie director Norman Jewison

  • 1926: Actor Paul Burke ("Dynasty")

  • 1938: Attorney General Janet Reno

  • 1942: Actress Patricia Elliott ("One Life to Live")

  • 1943: Actor Edward Herrmann

  • 1943: Actor David Downing

  • 1945: Actor Leigh Lawson ("Tess")

  • 1947: Actor Wendell Burton

  • 1948: Yusuf Islam (formerly singer Cat Stevens)

  • 1948: Actor Art Hindle

  • 1952: Comedian-actor Robin Williams

  • 1957: Comedian Jon Lovitz

  • 1960: Actor Lance Guest ("Lou Grant")

  • 1960: Actor Matt Mulhern ("Major Dad")

  • 1969: Rock singer Emerson Hart (Tonic)

  • 1972: Country singer Paul Brandt

  • 1978: Actor Josh Hartnett ("The Faculty")   


Events in History on this day
  • 0905: Louis III, Holy Roman Emperor, blinded

  • 1209: Massacre of Beziers (Albegensian "Crusade")

  • 1306: Philip "The Fair's" secret commission results in the arrest of and confiscation of all the goods and money of, every Jew in France

  • 1362: Coronation of Louis I "the Great" as King of Hungary

  • 1411: Sigsimund again chosen King of Germany

  • 1425: Death of Manuel II, Emperor of Byzantium

  • 1542: Inquisition established in Rome

  • 1552: Death of Antonio de Mendoza, first Viceroy of Mexico

  • 1571: Inquisition created for the Portuguese navy

  • 1588: Sir Francis Drake and the English first meet the Armada

  • 1619: Death of St. Laurence of Brindisi.

  • 1773: Pope Clement XIV dissolves the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), which was founded during in 1534. Clement did not condemn the Society, but explained it was an administrative move for the peace of the church. The Society was restored in 1814.

  • 1812: Goethe wrote in his diary that he had spent the evening with Beethoven. He said the composer "played deliciously."

  • 1831: Belgium became independent as Leopold the First was proclaimed King of the Belgians.

  • 1838: The inventor of the metronome died. Johann Maelzel was 65 and was sailing to New York at the time. Maelzel's invention changed classical music forever, because it enabled composers to leave much more specific tempo markings.

  • 1861: The first major military engagement of the Civil War occurred at Bull Run Creek in Virginia. It was a Confederate victory.

  • 1864: The first daily black newspaper "The New Orleans Tribune" was published.

  • 1867: City Gardens on Folsom opens.

  • 1873: The world's 1st train robbery, by Jesse James.

  • 1925: The so-called "Monkey Trial" ended in Dayton, Tennessee, with John T. Scopes convicted of violating state law for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution. John T. Scopes is fined $100 for the offense. (The conviction was later overturned.)

  • 1930: The U.S. Veterans Administration was established.

  • 1944: American forces landed on Guam during World War Two.

  • 1944: The Democratic national convention in Chicago nominated Senator Harry S. Truman to be vice president.

  • 1949: The US Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.

  • 1954: France surrendered North Vietnam to the Communists.

  • 1955: During the Geneva summit, President Eisenhower presented his "open skies" proposal under which the US and the Soviet Union would trade information on each other's military facilities.

  • 1961: Captain Virgil "Gus" Grissom became the second American to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern around the Earth, flying aboard the "Liberty Bell Seven."

  • 1967: Basil Rathbone, the South African-born English actor, died. Famed for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on the screen, he also became the Hollywood villain in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "Mark of Zorro.""

  • 1969: Coronation of Bruce of Cloves as first King of the East (SCA)

  • 1969: Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin climbed back into the lunar module, Eagle, and lifted off from the surface of the moon.

  • 1976: The British ambassador to the Irish Republic, Christopher Ewart-Biggs, was killed by a bomb placed under his car outside his home.

  • 1979: The National Women's Hall of Fame is dedicated. Its purpose is to honor women important to American history.

  • 1980: Draft registration began in the United States for 19- and 20-year-old men.

  • 1987: Defying a threatened veto by President Reagan, the Senate approved a trade bill containing a provision requiring companies to give 60 days' notice to employees of impending plant closings and large-scale layoffs. (Although Reagan successfully vetoed the bill, he ended up allowing a separate plant-closing notice measure to become law.)

  • 1983: Poland ended 19 months of martial law.

  • 1983: The U.S. announced American hostage David Dodge had been freed in Lebanon.

  • 1984: A robot accidentally crushed a worker in a Jackson, Michigan, auto plant. This was the first recorded robot homicide.

  • 1986: South African Bishop Desmond Tutu met with President P.W. Botha in Pretoria. Robert J. Brown withdrew from consideration as U.S. ambassador to South Africa.

  • 1986: Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres arrived in Morocco for talks with King Hassan II.

  • 1987: Defying a threatened veto by President Reagan, the Senate approved a trade bill containing a provision requiring companies to give 60 days notice to employees of impending plant closings and large-scale layoffs.

  • 1988: Baroda Airport in India was re-opened after the runway had been blocked by a damaged Boeing 737, which had been charged by a wild bull when it came in to land. The passengers survived; the bull didn't.

  • 1988: Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Atlanta, declaring, "this election isn't about ideology, it's about competence."

  • 1989: The State Department confirmed an ABC News report that Felix S. Bloch, a veteran US diplomat, was being investigated as a possible Soviet spy. (Bloch was never charged with espionage, but was fired from his job in 1990.)

  • 1990: A day after Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan announced his retirement, President Bush convened a meeting with key administration officials to begin finding a replacement.

  • 1991: Jordan joined Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia in agreeing to regional peace talks.

  • 1992: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin paid a quick visit to Cairo, where he met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who said afterward that he'd accepted Rabin's invitation to visit Israel.

  • 1992: A judge in Pontiac, Michigan, dismissed murder charges against euthanasia advocate Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian.

  • 1993: More rain set back cleanup and recovery efforts in parts of the Midwest; Transportation Secretary Federico Pena examined flood damage along the Mississippi in Keokuk, Iowa.

  • 1994: After a two-month trek across Russia following his return from 20 years of exile, Alexander Solzhenitsyn arrived back in Moscow.

  • 1994: Former Senate Republican leader Hugh Scott died in Falls Church, Virginia, at age 93.

  • 1994: Britain's Labor Party elected Tony Blair its new leader, succeeding the late John Smith.

  • 1995: At a 16-nation conference in London, the United States and NATO allies warned Bosnian Serbs that further attacks on U.N. safe havens would draw a "substantial and decisive response."

  • 1996: Dozens of memorial services were held across the country to remember the 230 people lost in the crash of TWA Flight 800.

  • 1996: At the Atlanta Olympics, swimmer Tom Dolan gave the United States its first gold, in the 400-meter individual medley. The men's 800-meter freestyle relay team also won.

  • 1997: The USS "Constitution," which defended the US during the War of 1812, set sail under its own power for first time in 116 years, leaving its temporary anchorage at Marblehead, Massachusetts, for a one-hour voyage marking its 200th anniversary. (The actual anniversary was the following October.)

  • 1998: The Pentagon said it found no evidence to support allegations in a CNN report that US troops had used nerve gas during a 1970 operation in Laos designed to hunt down American defectors.

  • 1998: President Clinton announced a crackdown on nursing homes that were lax about quality and on states that do a poor job of regulating them.

  • 1998: Astronaut Alan Shepard died in Monterey, California, at age 74.

  • 1998: Actor Robert Young died in Westlake Village, California, at age 91.

  • 1999: Navy divers found the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, in the wreckage of Kennedy's plane in the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard.

  • 1999: Advertising executive David Ogilvy died in Bonnes, France, at age 88.

  • 2000: Special Counsel John C. Danforth concluded "with 100 percent certainty" that the federal government was innocent of wrongdoing in the siege that killed 80 members of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, in 1993. 

  • 2000: Group of Eight leaders met for an economic summit on the Japanese island of Okinawa, where President Clinton also futilely sought to soothe long-simmering tensions over the huge American military presence. 



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