This day in history, July 21

This day in history, July 21

All of the events below occurred on the same day of the month, July 21.

1861: The first major battle of the Civil War takes place at Manassas Junction, Virginia. Known as the First Battle of Bull Run, it ends with a Confederate victory.

1899: Novelist, short story writer and journalist Ernest Hemingway is born in Oak Park, Illinois.

1924: Actor Don Knotts is born in Morgantown, West Virginia.

1951: Comedian and actor Robin Williams is born in Chicago.

1971: Carole King's album Tapestry is certified gold, indicating sales of at least one-million units.

1973: Atlanta's Hank Aaron becomes only the second player to hit 700 career home runs. It comes off pitcher Ken Brett of the Phillies in an 8-4 loss.

1983: Singer Diana Ross hosts a concert in New York's Central Park, which is shortened by a driving rainstorm. She returns the next day and performs in beautiful weather.

2011: The 135th and final flight of NASA's Space Shuttle Program ends with Atlantis touching down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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