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July 21: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 21

July 21st is known as Lamington Day and Junk Food Day.

We made it to day 202 of the year and there’s 163 days left to go until we reach the new year.

People who were born on July 21 share the Cancer star sign.

Today in history was an important one in the world of music, politics, movies and more. Here we’ll look at the happenings of July 21st throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1853, the New York State Legislature voted to set aside hundreds of acres of land in Manhattan? This area was allocated to become Central Park.

Keep reading for more facts about July 21st in history!

What Happened On July 21 In History?


Marvels superhero movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” premiered in Hollywood, Los Angeles, US.


J.K. Rowling’s final book in the series “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” book was published worldwide.

A record 12 million copies sold within just 24 hours of its release.
Source NY Times

Former British prime minister Tony Blair won leadership election for the British Labour Party.


Pink Floyd performed their hit “The Wall” at the previous Berlin Wall location.

Eight months before this event, the wall at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, had been taken down after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Pink Floyd performed their hit "The Wall" at this location at a concert with over 350,000 spectators, with a live broadcast to 52 countries worldwide.

Comedy movie “The Quiet Man” was released in the UK.

Source IMDB

American forces landed in Guam during WWII. This began the Second Battle of Guam.


The first-ever western shootdown happened in Market Square, Springfield, Missouri, US.

On this day Wild Bill Hickok shot David Tutt down dead with a pistol. The event was depicted in many novels and movies such as "High Noon."

The Battle of Bull Run took place at Manassas Junction, Virginia.

OTD in 1861: The Battle of Bull Run took place at Manassas Junction
The Battle of Bull Run was the first major battle of the Civil War. The battle was won by the Confederates.

New York City allocated hundreds of acres of land in Manhattan for Central Park.

OTD in 1853: New York City allocated hundreds of acres of land in Manhattan for Central Park.
Source CBS News

The estimated magnitude 8.0 earthquake caused the island of Crete to rise 30 feet (9 meters) above sea level.

356 BC

Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World was set on fire by Herostratus.

Herostratus was sent to death for his crime and nobody was allowed to speak his name thereafter.