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Today is Wednesday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2021. There are 163 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s history:
On July 21, 1944, American forces landed on Guam during World War II, capturing it from the Japanese three weeks later.
To this date :
In 1861, during the Civil War, the first Battle of Bull Run took place in Manassas, Virginia, resulting in a Confederate victory.
In 1925, the so-called “Trial of the Apes” ended in Dayton, Tennessee, with John T. Scopes convicted of violating state law for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. (The conviction was later overturned for a technicality.)
In 1954, the Geneva Conference concluded with agreements dividing Vietnam into northern and southern entities.
In 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took off from the moon aboard the lunar module ascension stage to dock with the command module.
In 1972, the Irish Republican Army carried out 22 bombings in Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing nine people and injuring 130 during what became “Blood Friday”.
In 1980, registration of the project began in the United States for 19 and 20 year old men.
In 1999, Navy divers found and recovered the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and his sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette (bih-SEHT ‘), from the wreckage of the Kennedy’s plane in the Atlantic Ocean off Martha’s Vineyard.
In 2000, Special Counsel John C. Danforth concluded “with 100% certainty” that the federal government was innocent of wrongdoing during the siege that killed 80 members of the Davidian Branch compound near Waco, Texas, in 1993.
In 2009, prosecutors in Cambridge, Massachusetts dropped a disorderly conduct charge against prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., who was arrested by a white officer at his home near Harvard University after a report of break-in.
In 2011, the 30-year-old space shuttle program came to an end when Atlantis landed in Cape Canaveral, Florida after the 135th shuttle flight.
In 2008, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (RA’-doh-van KA’-ra-jich), one of the world’s leading fugitive war criminals, was arrested in a Belgrade suburb by Serbian security forces. (He was sentenced by a United Nations court in 2019 to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.)
In 2015, after nearly a decade of steroid lawsuits, former baseball star Barry Bonds emerged victorious when federal prosecutors dropped what remained of their criminal case against the career home run leader.
Ten Years Ago: The 30-year-old space shuttle program ended when Atlantis landed in Cape Canaveral, Florida after the shuttle’s 135th flight. Eurozone leaders have agreed to a sweeping deal that would grant Greece a massive new bailout and radically reshape the monetary union bailout fund.
Five years ago: Donald Trump accepted the GOP presidential nomination with a speech in which he pledged to encourage Republicans and voters still skeptical that as president he would restore the security they feared lose, would strictly curb immigration and save the nation from what he said was Hillary Clinton’s record of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.” The NBA moved the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte over its objections to a North Carolina law that limited anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays and transgender people.
A year ago: Minnesota lawmakers approved a police liability program that included a ban on neck braces like the one used on George Floyd before his death in Minneapolis. (Governor Tim Walz signed the bill two days later.) After months of resistance to wearing a mask in public, President Donald Trump told reporters he was “getting used” to wearing them. a; As Trump returned from a three-month hiatus in daily virus briefings, he warned the coronavirus would get worse in the United States before it would get better. Ohio House Republican President Larry Householder and four associates have been arrested in a $ 60 million federal corruption case related to a taxpayer-funded bailout of two Ohio nuclear power plants. (Householder, who has claimed his innocence, was kicked out of Ohio House by fellow lawmakers in June 2021.) Singer and jazz actress Annie Ross has died at her home in New York City, four days before her 90th birthday.
Today’s Birthdays: Director Norman Jewison is 95 years old. Actor Leigh Lawson is 78 years old. Singer Yusuf Islam (also known as Cat Stevens) is 73 years old. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau is 73 years old. Actor Jamey Sheridan is 70 years old. Rock singer-musician Eric Bazilian (The Hooters) is 68 years old. Comedian Jon Lovitz is 64 years old. Actor Lance Guest is 61 years old. Actor Matt Mulhern is 61 years old. Comedian Greg Behrendt is 58 years old. Football player Brandi Chastain is 53 years old. Rock singer Emerson Hart is 52 years old. Rock-soul singer Michael Fitzpatrick (Fitz and the Tantrums) is 51 years old. Actor Alysia Reiner is 51 years old. Country singer Paul Brandt is 49 years old. Christian rock musician Korey Cooper (Skillet) is 49 years old. Actor Ali Landry is 48 years old. Actor-comedian Steve Byrne is 47 years old. Rock musician Tato Melgar (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) is 44 years old. Actor Justin Bartha is 43 years old. Actor Josh Hartnett is 43 years old. Contemporary Christian singer Brandon Heath is 43 years old. Actor Sprague Grayden is 43 years old. Reggae singer Damian Marley is 43 years old. Country singer Brad Mates (Emerson Drive) is 43. Former MLB All-Star pitcher CC Sabathia (s uh-BATH’-ee-uh) is 41. Singer Blake Lewis (“American Idol”) is 40 years old. Latino singer Romeo Santos is 40 years old. Rock musician Johan Carlsson (Carolina Liar) is 37 years old. Actor Vanessa Lengies (LEHN’-jeez) is 36 years old. Actress Betty Gilpin is 35 years old. Actor Rory Culkin is 32 years old. Actor Jamie Waylett (“Harry Potter” movies) is 32 years old. Figure skater Rachael Flatt is 29 years old.