Once Upon A Time – July 21 – 1983 – World’s Lowest-Ever Natural Temperature Recorded − 89.2 °C At Soviet Vostok Station, Antarctica

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

1861 First Battle of Bull Run [Battle of First Manassas], 1st major battle of the US Civil War is fought near Manassas, Virginia, Confederate victory

1904 After 13 years, the 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway is completed

1925 John T. Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in the “Scopes monkey trial” in Dayton, Tennessee, fined $100 and costs

1954 Geneva Accords for Indochina signed, dividing French colonial territories into the countries of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), the State of Vietnam (South Vietnam), Cambodia, and Laos

1969 Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT)

1970 Aswan High Dam opens in Egypt, enables human control of the flooding of the Nile

Historical Events Today
Today in Film & TV
1943 Musical film “Stormy Weather”, directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller (singing “Ain’t Misbehavin'”) premieres in the US

1996 “The Daily Show” hosted by Craig Kilborn premieres on Comedy Central in the US

Today in Sport
2002 With a record 6 races remaining, German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher clinches his 5th F1 World Drivers Championship with victory in the French Grand Prix at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours; 3rd straight title win

MORE FACTS…
1865 In market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown

1983 World’s lowest-ever natural temperature recorded −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K) at Soviet Vostok Station, Antarctica

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

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