On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Tennessee teacher John Scopes is convicted after he teaches Darwin's theory of evolution, a violation of state law. The ruling is eventually overturned.
On the spacecraft Liberty Bell 7, Gus Grissom pilots the second American-manned suborbital flight.
Madonna kicks off the North American leg of her Drowned World Tour, performing songs like "Music," "Frozen" and "Don't Tell Me."
J.K. Rowling releases the final book in the Harry Potter series. It becomes the fastest-selling book of all time, selling 15 million copies in 24 hours.
Fabled outlaw Jesse James and his gang of crooks execute their first train robbery. The bandits loot a Rock Island Line train near Adair, Iowa.
Adolf Hitler announces to Germany that he survived a bomb blast meant to end his life.
Diana Ross holds a free concert in New York's Central Park. The event attracts 400,000 before being rained out and rescheduled for the next night.
Hockey great Wayne Gretzky signs a two-year contract to play for the New York Rangers. Gretzky would play his last three years in the NHL with New York.
Born on This Day
Born: July 21, 1899
Birthplace: Cicero (now in Oak Park), Illinois, United States
1938 | 75 years old
1924 | 81 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian
Born: July 21, 1951
Age: 62 years old
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation: Actor, Comedian
1978 | 35 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor
1948 | 65 years old
Songwriter, Singer, Philanthropist
Died on This Day
Died: July 21, 1998
Age: 74 years old
Place: Monterey, California , United States
Occupation: Astronaut, Entrepreneur
1796 | 37 years old
Folk Hero, Poet
1899 | 65 years old
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