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7/20/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - July 20
Buzz Aldrin photographed this bootprint about an hour into their lunar extra-vehicular activity, as part of investigations into the soil mechanics of the lunar surface.
(Public Domain Photo)

Buzz Aldrin photographed this bootprint 
about an hour into their lunar 
extra-vehicular activity, as part of 
investigations into the soil mechanics 
of the lunar surface.

(Public Domain Photo)

Reprinted By Permission

Today in History in 1881 Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull surrendered to US federal troops; in 1917 WW I draft lottery was held with #258 being drawn first; and in 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from Apollo11 become first men on the Moon.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1881 - Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull, surrenders to US federal troops
  • 1890 - Snow & hail in Calais, Maine
  • 1917 - WW I draft lottery held; #258 is 1st drawn
  • 1921 - Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson became the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives.
  • 1944 - US President FDR nominated for an unprecedented 4th term at Dem convention
  • 1954 - Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North & South
  • 1964 - 1st surfin' record to go #1-Jan & Dean's "Surf City"
  • 1968 - Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
  • 1969 - 1st men on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from Apollo 11
  • 1976 - US Viking 1 lands on Mars at Chryse Planitia, 1st Martian landing
  • 1976 - Hank Aaron hits 755th & last home run off Angels Dick Drago
  • 1984 - Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America
  • 1985 - Divers find wreck of Spanish galleon Atocha
  • 2012 - 12 people are killed and 59 injured after a gunman opens fire at a Dark Knight movie premier in Aurora, Colorado

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Famous Birthdays

  • 356 BC - Alexander the Great, Pella Macedon, Macedonian king and military leader, (d. 323 BC)
  • 1822 - Gregor Mendel, Austrian Empire, monk/geneticist (discoverer of laws of heredity), (d. 1884)
  • 1893 - George Llewelyn-Davies, English Peter Pan character model (d. 1915)
  • 1919 - Edmund Hillary, Auckland NZ, Explorer and Mountaineer (1st to scale Mt Everest with Tenzing Norgay), (d. 2008)
  • 1920 - Elliot L Richardson, Attorney General (1973)/Sec of Defense (1973)
  • 1938 - Diana Rigg, Doncaster England, actress (Emma Peel-Avengers, Hospital)
  • 1938 - Jo Ann Campbell, Jacksonville Fla, Lawrence Welk's champagne lady
  • 1945 - Kim Carnes, Pasadena Ca, rock vocalist (Bette Davis Eyes)

Famous Weddings

  • 1608 - Reynier van Oldenbarnevelt marries Anna Weytzen in Delft
  • 1975 - "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas
  • 1991 - Kirk Cameron marries Growing Pains co-star Chelsea Noble in upstate NY
  • 1996 - Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters (48) weds investment adviser Michael Wittenberg (34) in Millbrook, New York
  • 2002 - ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • 2013 - "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (37) weds lawyer Justin Mikita in NYC, New York

Famous Divorces

  • 1993 - Joe Petruzzi files for divorce from Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever)
  • 2012 - "Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey (38) divorces musician Peter Loughran due to irreconcilable differences

Famous Deaths

  • 1937 - Guglielmo Marconi, Italian engineer/marquis (radio, Nobel 1909), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1973 - Bruce Lee, [Lee Yuen Kam], actor (Enter the Dragon), dies at 32
  • 1983 - Frank Reynolds, news anchor (ABC Evening News), dies at 59
  • 2007 - Tammy Faye Messner (Bakker), American televangelist (b. 1942)

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