JULY 21, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Cap Breton, Canada: Scottish Clans gather for festivities and the election of chieftains for the next year.
ALSO ON JULY 21 IN HISTORY…
1796 — Scottish national bard Robert Burns dies, Mill Hole Brae, Scotland.
1899 — American macho novelist Ernest Hemingway born, Oak Park, Illinois.
1899 — American modernist poet Hart Crane born, Garretsville, Ohio.
1911 — Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan born, Edmonton, Alberta.
1981 — Creationism law requiring equal teaching with evolution passed, Louisiana.
1983 — Martial law lifted in Poland as overthrow of Soviet dominion advances.
1983 — World’s coldest temperature (–127°F) recorded, Vostok, Antarctica.
2004 — Palestinian-American journalist Farouk Abdel-Muhti dies, Philadelphia.
ALSO ON MAY 24 IN HISTORY…
1864 — Fin de siecle French individualist anarchist Zo d’Axa born, Paris, France.
1883 — Brooklyn Bridge opens, New York City.
1921 — Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins, Braintree, Massachusetts.
1959 — First nuclear fall-out shelter built.
1974 — Big band composer Duke Ellington dies, New York City.