21 July It Happened Today

1796  Death of Scottish poet Robert Burns.

1798  Napoleon’s troops defeat the Marmalukes at the Battle of the Pyramids.

1899  Birth of American novelist Ernest Hemingway.

1904  The Trans-Siberian railway is completed.

1960  Sirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the first female prime minister in the world, succeeding her husband as prime minister of Sri Lanka.

1969  Neil Armstrong and Edwin “buzz” Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon.

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