1816 – Paul Reuter the German-English journalist was born on the 21st July 1816 (died 1899).
1899 – Ernest Hemingway the American writer and Nobel Prize laureate was born on the 21st July 1899 (died 1961).
1925 – Sir Malcolm Campbell (father of Donald Campbell) became the 1st man to break the 150 mph (241 km/h) land barrier on the 21st July 1925, at Pendine Sands in Wales.
1938 – Anton Kuerti the Austrian-Canadian pianist, composer, and conductor was born on the 21st July 1938.
1948 – Cat Stevens the English singer-songwriter and musician was born on the 21st July 1948.
1951 – Robin Williams the American comedian and actor was born on the 21st July 1951.
1955 – Taco the Dutch singer-songwriter and producer was born on the 21st July 1955.
1959 – Paul Vautin the Australian rugby player was born on the 21st July 1959.
1961 – Mercury-Redstone 4 Mission: Gus Grissom piloted Liberty Bell 7 on the 21st July 1961, becoming the 2nd American to go into space (in a suborbital mission).
1969 – Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the 1st humans to walk on the Moon on the 21st July 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission (20th July in North America).
1970 – The Aswan High Dam in Egypt was completed on the 21st July 1970, after 11 years of construction.
1983 – The world’s lowest temperature was recorded on the 21st July 1983, at Vostok Station, Antarctica at −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F).
1989 – Juno Temple the English actress was born on the 21st July 1989.
2007 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows became the fastest-selling novel ever is published on the 21st July 2007, when it sold 15 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release.
2011 – NASA‘s Space Shuttle program ended with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135 on the 21st July 2011.
Today in History for July 21st ~ video presented by the Associated Press…