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21st July

1816 * Paul von Reuter, who formed a company to transmit commercial information by telegraph.

1873 The first train robbery west of the Mississippi was done by Jesse James and his gang.

1897 The Tate Gallery opened on the site of the Millbank Prison, London.

1899 * Ernest Hemmingway, US novelist who wrote the novel A Farewell to Arms (1929).

1904 The Trans-Siberian railway (4,607 miles long) was finally completed.

1934 * Jonathan Miller, English theatre, opera and television director.

1949 The US Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.

1952 * Robin Williams, US comedy actor who starred in the TV series Mork and Mindy.

1954 Eight years of war came to an end as the French ceded control of northern Vietnam to the Communist Viet Minh after signing the Geneva Accord.

1966 Gwynfor Evans became the first Welsh Nationalist member of the British Parliament.

1969 US astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the Moon (02:56 GMT).

1982 The flagship of the British taskforce to the Falklands, HMS Hermes, arrived back in Portsmouth.

1998 Astronaut Alan Shepard died.

2002 WorldCom filed for bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy in US history (Enron Corporation in second place!).

2005 London's underground network is plunged into chaos after explosions on two trains and a bus - exactly a fortnight after four suicide bomb blasts in the capital.

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