July 21 Events in History - July 21 Birthdays - July 21 Deaths
2015 Los Angeles County, U.S., votes to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour from $9/hour; the new pay rate will be valid for county workers and employees working in unincorporated areas of the county
2014 Multiple U.S. food chains in China drop meat supplier Shanghai Husi after reports that the company used expired meat and unsanitary processing conditions; companies include McDonald's, Taco Bell, Burger King and Starbucks
2014 In an effort to address the flood of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the Texas border, Governor Rick Perry sends 1,000 National Guard troops to provide border security
2013 British cyclist Chris Froome wins his first time competing in the 2013 Tour de France
2013 In Scotland, the 2013 Open Championship is won by American golfer Phil Mickelson
2012 Illegally excavated Buddhist relics that were recovered by Pakistani police were stolen from a police station in Karachi; the pieces date back to the Gandhara civilization which existed over 2,000 years ago in Pakistan
2012 In an apparent effort to keep his contract, a subcontractor at Japan's defunct Fukushima's nuclear power plant shielded dosimeters with lead plates to ensure they did not reach radiation limits, and workers to lie about possible high radiation exposure
2011 In Iran, the Central Bank of Iran launches a website which it will use to poll Iranians on planned economic reforms and changing the national currency
2011 The U.S. heat wave has led to 24 deaths across the country
2010 The U.S. threatens to impose sanctions on North Korea, continuing its attempt to halt perceived nuclear weapons ambitions
2008 Radovan Karadzic arrested on war crimes after a 12 year manhunt
1997 New York Yankee Mike Whiton held in Milwaukee on charges of sexual assault
1996 125th British Golf Open: Tom Lehman shoots a 271 at Royal Lytham
1996 Dottie Pepper wins LPGA Friendly's Golf Classic
1996 Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with New York Rangers
1995 Brian Lara completes a pair for West Indians vs. Kent
1995 Kansas City Royals set club-record of 22 singles in 15 innings
1993 Angela Kennedy swims world record 50 m butterfly stroke (26.93)
1991 120th British Golf Open: Ian Baker-Finch shoots 272 at Royal Birkdale
1991 Betsy King wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic
1991 Sharmell Sullivan (Gary, Indiana), 20, crowned 23rd Miss Black America
1991 Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Rod Carew, Tony Lazzeri, and Bill Veeck are elected into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York
1990 Goodwill Games opens in Seattle, Washington
1990 Pink Floyds' "Wall" is performed where Berlin Wall once stood
1989 Eastern Airlines submits a reorganization plan to creditors
1989 Greg LeMond wins Tour de France in fastest time
1989 Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight boxing title
1988 ESA's Ariane-3 launches 2 communications satellites (1 Indian)
1987 Kristi Addis, of Mississippi, crowned 5th Miss Teen USA
1986 Barbara Palacios Teyde, 22, of Venezuela, crowned 35th Miss Universe
1985 "Leader of the Pack" closes at Ambassador Theater New York City after 120 performances
1985 114th British Golf Open: Sandy Lyle shoots a 282 at Royal St. George
1985 Amina Fakir (Detroit), 23, crowned 18th Miss Black America
1985 Bernard Hinault wins his 5th and last Tour de France
1985 Judy Clark wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
1984 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in U.S.
1984 Marita Koch of E Germany sets world women's mark for 200m, 21.71s
1984 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear Test
1983 Polish government ends 19 months of martial law
1983 Storm cuts short free Diana Ross concert in New York's Central Park
1983 U.S. announces Lebanon freed American hostage David Dodge
1982 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
1981 Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43
1980 Jean-Claude Droyer climbs Eiffel Tower in 2 hours 18 minutes
1979 108th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots a 283 at Royal Lytham
1979 National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, New York) dedicated
1978 Bolivia military coup under general Juan Pereda, President Hugo Banzer flees
1978 U.S. Postal Service and unions agree on a contract averting mail strike
1978 World's strongest dog, 80-kg St. Bernard, pulls 2909-kg load 27 m
1977 Libyan-Egyptian border fights
1977 Sri Lanka premier Bandaranaike loses election
1976 "Guys and Dolls" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 239 performances
1976 1st outbreak of "Legionnaire's Disease" kills 29 in Philadelphia
1975 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager
1975 New York Met Felix Milan hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays
1974 29th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Sandra Haynie
1974 Eddy Merckx wins his 5th Tour de France
1974 House Judiciary approves 2 Articles of Impeachment against President Nixon
1973 Braves Hank Aaron hits Ken Brett's fastball for his 700th home run
1973 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Atoll un the Pacific
1973 U.S.S.R. launches Mars 4 for fly-by (2600 km) of red planet
1972 2 passenger trains collide head-on killing 76, Seville, Spain
1972 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota, state record
1972 Bloody Friday: 22 IRA-bombs explode in Belfast
1972 Dodgers release and end career of pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm
1972 In New York, 57 murders occur in 24 hours
1971 U.S. performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1970 Huge Aswan Dam opens in Egypt
1970 Libya orders confiscation of all Jewish property
1970 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear Test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1970 Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 inn, but is lifted for a pinch hitter, Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 3 hits and Padres lose, 3-0
1969 Neil Armstrong steps on Moon at 2:56:15 AM, GMT
1969 Russia's Luna 15 impacts moon after 52 lunar orbits
1968 50th PGA Championship: Julius Boros shoots a 281 at Pecan Valley, Texas
1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Buckeye Savings Golf Invitational
1968 Jan Janssen wins Tour de France: 1st Dutchman
1966 Gemini X returns to Earth
1966 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear Test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1965 Pakistan, Iran and Turkey sign Regional Co-Operation pact
1964 Arnold Long takes 11 catches in the match for Surrey vs. Sussex
1964 Mildred Simpson runs female world record marathon (3:19:33)
1964 Netherlands last whaling ship Willem Barents Sea sold to Japan
1963 45th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 279 at Dallas AC Dallas
1962 160 civil right activists jailed after demonstration in Albany, Georgia
1962 Battles on Chinese and Indies boundary
1961 Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom
1960 Country of Katanga forms in Africa
1960 In Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) Sirima Bandaranaike is world's 1st woman PM
1960 Francis Chichester arrive in New York aboard Gypsy Moth II, setting record of 40 days for a solo Atlantic crossing
1959 1st nuclear powered merchant ship, NS Savannah, christened, Camden, New Jersey
1959 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)
1957 1st black to win a major U.S. tennis tournament, Althea Gibson
1957 39th PGA Championship: Lionel Hebert at Miami Valley Golf Club Dayton Ohio
1957 Marilynn Smith/Fay Crocker wins Hot Springs 4-Ball Golf Tournament
1956 Cincinnati Red pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins
1956 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Enwetak
1955 1st sub powered by liquid metal cooled reactor launched-Seawolf
1954 At Geneva, France agrees to independence of North and South Vietnam
1952 7.8 earthquake shakes Kern County California, 14 killed
1952 Premier Ghavam es-Sultaneh of Persia, resigns
1951 Dalai Lama returns to Tibet
1949 Senate ratifies North Atlantic Treaty by a vote of 82-13 (NATO)
1948 WSPD TV channel 13 in Toledo, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
1947 Indonesia begins 1st political election
1946 Jesus T. Pinerol becomes 1st native born Puerto Rican governor
1945 Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A's play 24 inning 1-1 tie
1944 British premier Winston Churchill flies to France, meets Montgomery
1944 General Koiso becomes premier of Japan
1944 U.S. forces land on Guam to get rid of Japanese invaders
1944 Von Kluge warns Hitler of impending collapse of front in Normandy
1942 8 die as coal waste heap slides in river valley near Oakwood, Virginia
1941 200 Jewish Torahs are burned in Ukraine
1941 Himmler orders building of Majdanek concentration camp
1940 Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
1940 VARA-management accepts Rost of Tonningens demands
1938 Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massines ballet premieres in London
1934 113 degrees F (45 degrees C), near Gallipolis, Ohio (state record)
1933 Haifa Harbor in Palestine opens
1931 Reno race track, becomes 1st in U.S. to use daily double wagering
1930 110 degrees F (43 degrees C) at Millsboro, Delaware (state record)
1930 U.S. Veterans Administration forms
1928 1st woman to win an olympic gold medal - Halina Knonpacka of Poland
1925 Monkey Trial ends-John Scopes found guilty of teaching Darwinism
1923 Phillies score 12 in 6th and beat Cubs 17-4
1921 Indians (9) and Yankees (7) hit a record 16 doubles
1919 Anthony Fokker's establishes airplane factory at Hamburg and Amsterdam
1919 Dirigible crashes through bank skylight killing 13 (Chicago, Ill)
1904 After 13 years, the 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway is completed
1904 Camille Jenatzy sets world auto speed record at 65.79 MPH
1900 Pope Leo XIII encyclical to Greek-Melkite rite
1898 Spain cedes Guam to U.S.
1897 Tate Gallery opens in England
1896 National Federation of Afro-American Women and Colored Women's
1884 1st Test Cricket match played at Lord's
1880 Compressed air accident kills 20 workers on Hudson River tunnel, New York
1877 U.S. Army breaks railroad strike
1873 Jesse James and James Younger gang's 1st train robbery (Adair Iowa)
1867 City Gardens on Folsom opens
1866 Cholera-epidemic kills hundreds in London
1861 1st major battle of Civil War ends (Bull Run), Va-South wins
1846 Mormons found 1st English settlement in California (San Joaquin Valley)
1836 1st Canadian RR opens, between Laprairie and St. John, Quebec
1831 Belgium gains independence from Netherlands, Leopold I made king
1825 Java princess Dipo Negoro/Mangkubumi declare war on all non-islamics
1798 Napoleon Bonaparte wins Battle of Pyramids in Egypt
1774 Peace of Kutsjuk Kainardji (end Russian-Turkish War)
1773 Pope Clemens XIV bans Jesuits
1749 Pieter Steyn becomes pension advisor of Holland
1730 States of Holland put death penalty on "sodomy"
1669 John Lockes Constitution of English colony Carolina approved
1595 Alvara Mendana discovers Marquesas Island
1588 English fleet defeats Spanish armada
1579 Mechelen surrenders to duke of Parma
1568 Battle at Jemmingen: Alva's troops beat Dutch rebellion
1542 Pope Paul III begins inquisition against Protestants (Sactum Officium)
1320 Count Louis of Nevers marries 8-year old daughter of Philips V
976 Emperor Otto II gives earl Leopold I, East Bavaria
905 Holy Roman Catholic emperor Louis III captured
866 John appointed bishop of the kingdom
365 Alexandria hit by Earthquake; about 50,000 die
230 St. Pontianus begins his reign as Catholic Pope