July 21

This Day in History

1972

Bandaranaike Becomes First Female Head of Government

On this day in 1960, Sri Lankan politician Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike became the modern world's first female head of government. A widow of a previous Sri Lankan prime minister, Bandaranaike … (more...)

1970

Aswan High Dam completed

After 10 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam across the Nile River in Egypt is completed on July 21, 1970. The dam's 12 Soviet-built turbines were designed to provide enough power to make Egypt … (more...)

1960

Earliest European Settlement Discovered

On this day in 1960, America's earliest known European settlement was discovered, five centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot on the New World.Ask most people the question "Who discovered … (more...)

1942

Battle of the Kokoda Trail

The Battle of the Kokoda Trail was one of the most significant campaigns undertaken by Australians in the Pacific War of WWll. It was Australia’s first military test when its security was directly … (more...)