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Unearthing Global Milestones: This Day in History, July 21st

Greetings, history enthusiasts! Our fascinating journey through time brings us to July 21st, a day steeped in momentous global occurrences. We’ll navigate the corridors of history, from ancient epochs to the contemporary era, unearthing 29 monumental events that transpired on this day in history.

The Chronicles of July 21st

As we traverse through time, let’s rediscover consequential events on July 21st throughout history.

230 – Pope Pontian Begins his Papacy: He was a crucial figure in the early Christian Church.

Wikipedia: Pope Pontian

1403 – Battle of Shrewsbury: A decisive battle during the English King Henry IV’s reign.

Historic UK: The Battle of Shrewsbury

1718 – The Treaty of Passarowitz: The Treaty of Passarowitz ended the war between the Ottoman Empire, Austria, and the Republic of Venice.

Britannica: Treaty of Passarowitz

1774 – Russo-Turkish War: The first major battle, marking the conflict’s beginning.

Wikipedia: Russo-Turkish War (1768–1774)

1798 – Battle of the Pyramids: Napoleon Bonaparte’s victory allowed him to conquer Egypt.

Wikipedia: Battle of the Pyramids

1831 – Coronation of Leopold I of Belgium: Leopold I became the first King of the Belgians, marking Belgium’s independence.

Wikipedia: Leopold I of Belgium

1861 – First Battle of Bull Run: The first major battle of the American Civil War.

United States Senate: Senators Witness the First Battle of Bull Run

1873 – Jesse James’ first train robbery: An infamous event in the history of the American Wild West.

America’s Best History: Jesse James Engages in 1st Train Robbery

1925 – Scopes Trial: High school teacher John T. Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution, a case that stirred national debate.

Wikipedia: Scopes Trial

1944 – Claus von Stauffenberg executed: The main conspirator of the July 20th plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler was executed.

Britannica: Claus, Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg

1954 – Geneva Accords: Marked the end of the First Indochina War, splitting Vietnam at the 17th parallel.

Britannica: Geneva Accords

1960 – Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) Becomes the First Female Head of Government: A significant political milestone for women.

Wikipedia: Sirimavo Bandaranaike

1961 – Mercury-Redstone 4 Mission: Gus Grissom became the second American to go to space.

Wikipedia: Mercury-Redstone 4

1969 – Neil Armstrong steps on the moon: The Apollo 11 mission astronaut was the first to walk on the moon.

Wikipedia: Apollo 11

1970 – Aswan High Dam Completed: This Egyptian dam has significantly impacted agriculture, economy, and culture.

National Geographic: Aswan Dam Completed

1972 – Bloody Friday: The Irish Republican Army dropped 22 bombs in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Wikipedia: Bloody Friday (1972)

1973 – Lillehammer Scandal: A significant event during the Israeli conflict with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Center for Israel Education: Mossad Kills Wrong Man in Norway

1983 – Martial Law Lifted in Poland: This marked the beginning of the end of communist rule in Poland.

Gulf News: July 21, 1983: Martial Law is Lifted in Poland

1995 – Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: Chinese missile tests prompted international concern over a potential conflict with Taiwan.

Wikipedia: Third Taiwan Strait Crisis

2007 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The final book in the Harry Potter series was released.

Wikipedia: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Each episode of this day in history reminds us of our shared past’s richness and complexity. As we wrap up our journey through July 21st, we reflect on these historical events that have shaped our world today. Let’s continue this educational endeavor, digging deeper into the vast mines of history and unearthing more knowledge.

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