Today in History: July 21, guilty verdict in “Monkey Trial”
Today in History Today is Thursday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2022. There are 163 days left in the…
Today in History
Today is Thursday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2022. There are 163 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On July 21, 1925, the so-called “Monkey Trial” ended in Dayton, Tennessee, with John T. Scopes found guilty of breaking state law for teaching monkey theory. Darwin’s evolution. (The conviction was later overturned on a technicality.)
To this date :
In 1861, during the Civil War, the first Battle of Bull Run was fought in Manassas, Virginia, resulting in a Confederate victory.
In 1944, American forces landed on Guam during World War II, capturing it from the Japanese about three weeks later.
In 1954, the Geneva conference concluded with agreements dividing Vietnam into northern and southern entities.
In 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin lifted off from the moon aboard the Lunar Module Ascent Stage to dock with the Command Module.
In 1972, the Irish Republican Army carried out 22 bomb attacks in Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing nine people and injuring 130 in what became known as “Bloody Friday”.
In 1998, astronaut Alan Shepard died in Monterey, California at the age of 74; Actor Robert Young has died in Westlake Village, Calif., at the age of 91.
In 1999, Navy divers found and recovered the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and his sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette (bih-SEHT’), from the wreckage of the Kennedy’s plane in the Atlantic Ocean. Martha’s Vineyard.
In 2002, Ernie Els won the British Open in the first sudden death in the tournament’s 142-year history.
In 2008, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (RA’-doh-van KA’-ra-jich), one of the world’s top fugitive war criminals, was arrested in a Belgrade suburb by the Serbian security forces. (He was sentenced by a UN court in 2019 to life imprisonment after being found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.)
In 2009, prosecutors in Cambridge, Massachusetts, dropped a disorderly conduct charge against prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., who was arrested by a white officer at his home near Harvard University after a break-in report.
In 2011, the 30-year-old space shuttle program ended with Atlantis landing in Cape Canaveral, Florida, after the shuttle’s 135th flight.
In 2016, Donald Trump accepted the GOP presidential nomination with a speech in which he pledged to encourage Republicans and voters still skeptical that as president he would restore the security they feared to lose, limit strictly immigration and would save the nation from what he says was Hillary Clinton’s record of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness”. The NBA moved the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte over objections to a North Carolina law that limited anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
Ten years ago: International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (zhahk ROH’-geh) rejected final calls for a minute’s silence for Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich massacre at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. Staff Sgt. Luis Walker, an Air Force training instructor at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for crimes including rape and sexual assault. (Walker died in August 2014.)
Five years ago: White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned following President Donald Trump’s decision to appoint financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director. Scaramucci announced from the White House briefing room that Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who had served as Spicer’s deputy, would take over from Spicer. (Scaramucci would be fired on July 31 after 11 days on the job; he used vulgar language to insult White House aides during a phone call to a reporter.) The escalation of Israeli-Palestinian tensions around the shrine on most contested Holy Land escalated into violence that killed six people – three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack on a West Bank settlement.
A year ago: Public health officials said U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the biggest one-year drop since World War II; the decline is mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A day after his extradition from New York, convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles to four counts of rape and seven other counts of sexual assault. Organizers of the Kennedy Center Honors have announced that the 2021 honorees will be Motown Records creator Berry Gordy, “Saturday Night Live” mastermind Lorne Michaels, opera singer Justino Diaz, folk music legend Joni Mitchell and l actress-singer Bette Midler.
Today’s birthdays: Director Norman Jewison turns 96. Actor Leigh Lawson is 79 years old. Singer Yusuf Islam (also known as Cat Stevens) is 74 years old. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau is 74 years old. Actor Jamey Sheridan is 71 years old. Rock singer-musician Eric Bazilian (The Hooters) is 69. Comedian Jon Lovitz is 65 years old. Actor Lance Guest is 62 years old. Actor Matt Mulhern is 62 years old. Comedian Greg Behrendt is 59 years old. Retired football player Brandi Chastain is 54 years old. Rock singer Emerson Hart is 53 years old. Rock-soul singer Michael Fitzpatrick (Fitz and the Tantrums) is 52 years old. Actor Alysia Reiner is 52 years old. Country singer Paul Brandt is 50 years old. Christian rock musician Korey Cooper (Skillet) is 50 years old. Actor Ali Landry is 49 years old. Actor-comedian Steve Byrne is 48 years old. Rock musician Tato Melgar (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) is 45. Actor Justin Bartha is 44 years old. Actor Josh Hartnett is 44 years old. Contemporary Christian singer Brandon Heath is 44 years old. Actor Sprague Grayden is 44 years old. Reggae singer Damian Marley is 44 years old. Country singer Brad Mates (Emerson Drive) is 44 years old. Former MLB All-Star pitcher CC Sab athia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) is 42 years old. Singer Blake Lewis (“American Idol”) is 41 years old. Latin singer Romeo Santos is 41 years old. Rock musician Johan Carlsson (Carolina Liar) is 38 years old. Actor Vanessa Lengies (LEHN’ -jeez) is 37 years old. Actor Betty Gilpin is 36 years old. Actor Rory Culkin is 33 years old. Actor Jamie Waylett (“Harry Potter” films) is 33 years old. Figure skater Rachael Flatt is 30 years old.
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