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Today In History - July 21
During a landmark TV broadcast on July 21, 1969 NASA Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon saying 

During a landmark TV broadcast on 
July 21, 1969 NASA Astronaut 
Neil Armstrong became the first man 
to walk on the Moon saying 
"That's one small step for man, 
one giant leap for mankind."

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From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 365 Crete Earthquake followed by a tsunami allegedly destroyed Alexandria; in 1873 the Jesse James and James Younger gang held up their first train; and in 1969 Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 356 BC - Herostratus sets fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
  • 365 - Crete Earthquake followed by tsunami around the Eastern Mediterranean allegedly destroys Alexandria
  • 1669 - John Locke's Constitution of English colony Carolina approved
  • 1798 - Napoleon Bonaparte wins Battle of Pyramids in Egypt
  • 1846 - Mormons found 1st English settlement in California (San Joaquin Valley)
  • 1873 - Jesse James & James Younger gang's 1st train robbery (Adair Iowa)
  • 1904 - After 13 years, the 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway is completed
  • 1921 - To prove his contention that air power is superior to sea power, US Colonel William Mitchell demonstrates how bombs from planes can sink a captured German battleship
  • 1969 - Neil Armstrong steps on Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT)
  • 1970 - Huge Aswan Dam opens in Egypt
  • 1973 - Braves Hank Aaron hits Ken Brett's fastball for his 700th HR
  • 1974 - US House Judiciary approves two Articles of Impeachment against President Richard Nixon
  • 2007 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide. 11 million copies sell in 24 hrs.


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1856 - Louise Blanchard Bethune, 1st US woman architect
  • 1899 - Ernest Hemingway, Oak Park Illinois, author ('for whom the bell tolled... ', Nobel 1954), (d. 1961)
  • 1920 - Isaac Stern, Kreminiecz Russia, violinist (debut SF Symph)
  • 1924 - Don Knotts, Morgantown WV, actor (Amdy Griffth Show, 3's Company)
  • 1938 - Janet Reno, US attorney general (1993- )
  • 1948 - Cat Stevens [Steven Demetre Georgiou; Yusaf Islam], rock vocalist (Peace Train), born in London, England
  • 1951 - Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 - Jon Lovitz, Tarzana California, actor (SNL, League of their Own, Critic)

Famous Weddings

  • 1320 - Count Louis of Nevers marries 8-year old daughter of Philips V
  • 1871 - Suffragette Kate Sheppard (24) weds general merchant Walter Allen Sheppard in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1904 - Sinclair Oil founder Harry Ford Sinclair (28) weds Elizabeth Farrell
  • 1945 - Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (54) weds Kay Marvis
  • 2005 - Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
  • 2010 - Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr (27) weds British actor Orlando Bloom (33) in a secret ceremony
  • 2010 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze (26) weds model-actress Jonna Walsh at Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1942 - Actress Mae West (48) divorces vaudeville performer Frank Wallace after 31 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1796 - Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne), dies at 37
  • 1870 - Josef Strauss, Austrian composer (Dynamids), dies at 42
  • 1967 - Basil Rathbone, actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies of heart attack at 75
  • 1982 - Dave Garroway, TV host (Today Show), dies at 69
  • 1998 - Alan Shepard, astronaut (b. 1923)


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