On Your Birthday: July 21



1902 – Willis Carrier creates the first air conditioner in Buffalo, NY.

1930 – The Veterans Administration of the United States was established.

1959 – A U.S. District Court judge in New York City ruled that “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” was not a dirty book.

1961 – Captain Virgil “Gus” Grissom became the second American to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern around the Earth. He was flying on the Liberty Bell 7.

1968 – Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to make a million dollars in career earnings after he tied for second place at the PGA Championship.

1980 – Draft registration began in the United States for 19 and 20-year-old men.

1987 – Mary Hart, of “Entertainment Tonight”, had her legs insured by Lloyd’s of London for $2 million.

2004 – White House officials were briefed on the September 11 commission’s 575 page final report. The report was released to the public the next day.

2007 – The seventh, and last, book of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was released.

2009 – The iTunes Music Store reached 8 billion songs sold.

2011 – NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-135) landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the last flight of the Space Shuttle program.



Ernest Hemingway 1899 – Author, journalist (The novelist died of a self-inflicted gunshot July 2nd, 1961 at 61)

Don Knotts 1924 – Actor (Barney Fife on TV’s “The Andy Griffith Show” and Mr. Furley on TV’s “Three’s Company”. He died of cancer February 24th, 2006 at 81)

Janet Reno 1938 – Attorney General of the United States (1993-2001)

Yusuf Islam 1948 – Musician (Cat Stevens)

Garry Trudeau 1948 – Cartoonist (“Doonesbury”)

Robin Williams 1951 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Mork and Mindy”, movies “Good Morning, Vietnam”,  “Dead Poet’s Society”, “The Fisher King”, “Good Will Hunting”. He took his own life on August 11th, 2014. He was 63.)

Eric Bazilian 1953 – Musician (The Hooters)

Jon Lovitz 1957 – Actor, comedian, singer (“My Stepmother Is an Alien”, “A League of Their Own”, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)

Lance Guest 1960 – Actor (TV’s “Knots Landing”, “Lou Grant”, movie “The Last Starfighter”)

Matt Mulhern 1960 – Actor (TV’s “Major Dad”, “JAG”, “Rescue Me”, movies “One Crazy Summer”, “Biloxi Blues”)

Jim Martion 1961 – Musician (Faith No More)

Emerson Hart 1969 – Musician (Tonic)

Paul Brandt 1972 – Country musician

Josh Hartnett 1978 – Actor (“30 Days of Night”, “Black Dahlia”, “Black Hawk Down”, “Pearl Harbor”)

Justin Bartha 1878 – Actor (TV’s “The New Normal”, movies “The Hangover”, the “National Treasure” films)

Blake Lewis 1981 – Singer (“American Idol” runner up in season six)

Vanessa Lengies 1985 – Actress (“American Dreams”)



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