TODAY IN HISTORY
On July 21, 1861, during the Civil War, the first Battle of Bull Run was fought at Manassas, Virginia.
In 1925, the “Monkey Trial” ended in Dayton, Tennessee, with John
T. Scopes found guilty of violating state law for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
In 1972, the Irish Republican Army carried out 22 bombings in Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing nine people and injuring 130 in what became known as “Bloody Friday.”
In 1998, actor Robert Young died at age 91.
In 1999, Navy divers found and recovered the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and sisterin-law, Lauren Bessette, in the wreckage of Kennedy’s plane in the Atlantic Ocean off Martha’s Vineyard.
In 2011, the 30-year-old space shuttle program ended as Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, Florida, after the 135th shuttle flight.