This Day in History on 21 July

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 21 July. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

356 BC: The Temple of Ephesus Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was destroyed.

1883: Star Theater, India’s first public theater hall opened in Kolkata.

1884: First cricket Test match played at Lord’s ground in England.

1944: Klaus von Stauffenberg and four fellow conspirators were executed for plotting to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

1983: Vostok Station in Antarctica recorded the lowest temperature on Earth at −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F).

1977: Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy became the sixth President of India.

1988: Indian National Satellite (INSAT-1C) was launched.

1995: Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People’s Liberation Army begins firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.

2001: At the conclusion of a fireworks display on Okura Beach in Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan, 11 people are killed and more than 120 are injured when a pedestrian footbridge connecting the beach to JR Asagiri Station becomes overcrowded and people leaving the event fall down in a domino effect.

2005: July 2005 London bombings occur.

2008: Ram Baran Yadav is declared the first president of Nepal.

2011: NASA’s Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

2012: Erden Eruç completes the first solo human-powered circumnavigation of the world.

2018: India scraps tax on sanitary products after a campaign by activists.

Umashankar Joshi
Anand Bakshi

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1891: Jairamdas Daulatram, an Indian independence movement.

1899: Ernest Hemingway, an American novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and sportsman.

Chandu Borde
Chetan Chauhan

1911: Umashankar Joshi, an Indian poet.

1930: Anand Bakshi, an Indian poet, and lyricist.

1934: Chandu Borde, a former cricketer.

1947: Chetan Chauhan, an Indian cricketer.

Amar Singh Chamkila
Aditya Srivastava

1960: Amar Singh Chamkila, a popular Punjabi singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.

1968: Aditya Srivastava, Indian actor

Death/ Death Anniversary

1906: Womesh Chunder Bonnerjee, the co-founder and first president of the Indian National Congress.

1995: Sajjad Hussain, an Indian film score composer.

1998: Alan Shepard, the first American to travel into space.

2001: K. V. Mahadevan, an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, and musician.

2001: Sivaji Ganesan, an Indian actor, and producer.

2009: Gangubai Hangal, an Indian singer.

2013: Lourembam Brojeshori Devi, an Indian judoka.

2015: Dick Nanninga, Dutch footballer (b. 1949)

2016: Dennis Green, American football player and coach (b. 1949)

2017: John Heard, American film and television actor (b. 1946)

2018: Alene Duerk, U.S. Navy first female admiral (b. 1920)

Further Reading

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