What happened today in history?
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July 21

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)  
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling, the long-awaited final chapter in the Harry Potter series, is released in hardcover.
(photo credit: Arthur A. Levine Books)

2002 Academy award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith dies of cancer at his Beverly Hills, California, home at age 75.
2002 Telecommunications giant MCI Worldcom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection -- the largest bankruptcy filing in US history.
1999 The bodies of John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, are located by Navy divers in a plane wreck off Martha's Vineyard.
1998 Alan Shepard, the first American in space, dies in Monterey, California, at age 74. Shepard's career highlights included commander of the Apollo 14 lunar mission and the fifth person to walk on the moon.
1998 Actor Robert Young (Marcus Welby, M.D.) dies in Westlake Village, California, at age 91.
1969 Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin lift off from the lunar surface aboard the lunar module Eagle.
1954 North Vietnam is surrendered to the Communists by France.
1949 The North Atlantic Treaty is ratified by the US Senate.
1948 Filmmaker D.W. Griffith dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in Hollywood, California, at age 73.
1930 The US Veterans Administration is established.
1925 The 'Monkey Trial' of John T. Scopes ends as Scopes is convicted of violating Tennessee law for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution. (The verdict was later overturned.)
Uncle Woody asks: "Could this be where the exclamation 'Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!' came from?"

1873 Jesse James and his gang of outlaws perform the first train robbery in America, netting $3,000 from a heist in Adair, Iowa.
1861   Confederate troops hold tight against Union forces at the Battle of Bull Run during the American Civil War.

Born today:

1981  Blake Lewis - 'beatbox' singer (2007 American Idol runner-up)

1969  Emerson Hart - singer (Tonic)

1961  Jim Martin - guitarist (Faith No More)

1960  Lance Guest - actor

1957  Jon Lovitz - comedian, actor

1952  Robin Williams (Sony)  

Robin Williams - actor, comedianr
(photo credit: Sonys)

1948  Garry Trudeau - cartoonist (Doonesbury)

1947  Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) - singer, guitarist

1938  Janet Reno - former US Attorney General

1926  Norman Jewison - film director

1926  Paul Burke - actor

1924  Don Knotts - actor

1922  Kay Starr - singer

1920  Isaac Stern - violinist

1911  Marshall McLuhan - author, educator

1899  Ernest Hemingway - author


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