Today in History

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

21 July

2011: NASA’s space shuttle program comes to an end when it’s 135th and final mission,”Atlantis” lands at Kennedy Space Centre. The five orbiters, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavour, and Atlantis carried more than 350 people into space, flew more 500 million miles, and advanced research and development into space exploration. The first mission was in 1981(Columbia)

1970: Aswan High Dam is completed. The dam across the Nile took 11 years to complete and is 2 miles long at it’s crest, at a cost of $1 billion. It ended the destructive cycle of drought/flood that plagued the area as well as creating a source of renewable energy.

1858:  Central Park in New York is created when the State legislature puts aside 750 acres of land on Manhatten Island. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who had won a design competition.

1994: Tony Blair is declared the winner of the leadership election of the British Labour Party, paving the way for him to become Prime Minister in 1997.