What Happened on July 21


Historical Events

1919 – Dirigible crashes through bank skylight killing 13 in Chicago, Illinois
1964 – Last Dutch whaling ship Willem Barents Sea sold to Japan
1975 – NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays
1975 – Soyuz 19 returns to Earth
1991 – British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Australian 1-2 with Ian Baker-Finch winning his only major championship, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Harwood
1996 – British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham and St. Annes: American Tom Lehman wins his only major championship by 2 strokes from Mark McCumber and Ernie Els; first American to win at Lytham since Bobby Jones 70 years earlier

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Famous Birthdays

1856 – Louise Blanchard Bethune, 1st American woman architect, born in Waterloo, New York (d. 1915)
1928 – Sky Low Low [Marcel Gauthier], Canadian professional wrestler, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1998)
1931 – Plas Johnson, American be-bop jazz and session saxophonist (sax solo on “The Pink Panther Theme”), born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana
1956 – Michael Connelly, American crime writer (Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch novels), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1961 – Amar Singh Chamkila [Dhanni Ram], Punjabi folk singer “The Elvis of Punjab”, born in Dugri, Punjab, India (d. 1988)
1963 – Paulo Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist and professional wrestler

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Famous Deaths

1544 – René of Chalon [Renatus of Nassau], prince of Orange, slain in battle
1993 – Robert Glass, American film sound engineer (ET), is murdered at 53
1998 – Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), dies at 91
2003 – Walter M. “Matt” Jefferies, American film art director (b. 1921)
2004 – Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist and composer (The Twilight Zone; Planet Of The Apes), dies of colon cancer at 75
2004 – Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1918)

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