On this day

In 1979, Jay Silverheels, a Mohawk actor, was the first Native American to have a star commemorated on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 21 July?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 1979, Jay Silverheels, a Mohawk actor, was the first Native American to have a star commemorated on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 21 July, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 21 JULY

1967 | Chief Albert Luthuli, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former ANC President, was killed in Groutville

1946 |  South African Indian Congress (SAIC) Executive met in Cape Town.

2012 |  Erden Eruç completed the first solo human-powered circumnavigation of the world.

2005 | In July 2005 the London bombings occurred.

1995 | Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People’s Liberation Army began firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.

1979 | Jay Silverheels, a Mohawk actor, was the first Native American to have a star commemorated on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1977 | The beginning of the Libyan-Egyptian War lasted four days.

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BIRTHDAYS

1963 | South African politician, Noxolo Kiviet.

1986 | American basketball player, Jason Thompson.

1976 | English actress, Jaime Murray.

1968 | Canadian ice hockey player, Lyle Odelein.

1971 | former South African rugby union player,  Robby Brink.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2012 | American baseball player, Marie Kruckel, 88.

2014 | American businessman, invented the magicJack, Dan Borislow, 53.

2012 | Albanian poet and author, Ali Podrimja, 70.

2012 | American admiral and pilot, James D. Ramage, 96.

2016 | American football player and coach, Dennis Green, 67.

SPORTS

2021 | On this day, PSV thumped Galatasaray 5-1 in the UEFA Champions League qualification second round at Philips Stadion.

ENTERTAINMENT

2021 | “Once I Was Engaged” was released on this day in the United States.

AFRICA FACT

The Namib Desert in Namibia is the world’s oldest desert.